40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bonny Hills
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Byron Bay
— 12 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Bundaberg
— 6 nights
Drive:  11​h
3
Charters Towers
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  70​h
6
Ingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Undara Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  28​h 15​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  32​h 15​min
End: Bonny Hills

12
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Popular historic sites such as Fingal Head Lighthouse and Cape Byron Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pippi Beach and Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Ballina (Big Prawn & Lighthouse Beach), Nimbin Rocks (in Nimbin) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Bundjalung National Park. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Main Beach Yamba, stroll through Wategos Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Bonny Hills to Byron Bay is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. When traveling from Bonny Hills in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. You'll set off for Bundaberg on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Ballina, Evans Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Nimbin Rocks
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

6
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Attractions like Woodgate Beach and Alexandra Park Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Bundaberg side-trips: Boolboonda Tunnel (in Mount Perry) and Childers (Palace Backpackers Memorial & Brierley Wines). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos, stroll around Alexandra Park, view the masterpieces at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, and browse the collection at Bundaberg Regional Libraries.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Bundaberg in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Charters Towers.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Childers, Amandine Lavender, Boolboonda Tunnel
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Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Boolboonda Tunnel ©
Boolboonda Tunnel
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach

2
nights
Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Zara Clark Museum, see the interesting displays at Assay Room and Mining Museum, then steep yourself in history at Stock Exchange Arcade, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Miner's Cottage. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery, then take some stellar pictures from Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre, and then explore and take pictures at Leahton Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Charters Towers trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Bundaberg to Charters Towers with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Historic Sites Museums
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Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery ©
Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery
Stock Exchange Arcade ©
Stock Exchange Arcade
Zara Clark Museum ©
Zara Clark Museum

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then make a trip to Kissing Point Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Charters Towers to Townsville in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kissing Point Fort ©
Kissing Point Fort

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 14th (Mon), kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Balding Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at West Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island trip planner.

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. In October, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ingham.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

2
nights
Ingham

Ingham ©
Ingham is a town and locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Broadwater National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mercer Lane Mosaic and then admire the sheer force of Wallaman Falls.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ingham vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magnetic Island to Ingham. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Ingham

Nature Parks
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Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls

3
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, then go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour app .

Traveling by car from Ingham to Cairns takes 3 hours. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Undara Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Crystal Cascades
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
night
Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Volcanic National Park
You've now added Undarra Lava Tubes to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Undarra Lava Tubes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): head outdoors with Mount Surprise Gems - The Gem Den.

Plan a Undara Volcanic National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Cairns to Undara Volcanic National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Undara Volcanic National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Surprise Gems - The Gem Den
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3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Appreciate the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Visiting Uluru Hiking Path and Uluru will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Field of Light, trek along Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Uluru, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Undara Volcanic National Park to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the Route module. In October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga