40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Kuwait City


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4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bouddi National Park and Whale Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The Three Sisters (in Katoomba), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, head outdoors with Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Swim Centre, and let little ones run wild at Milson Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary maker .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Sydney is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Sydney. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Manly, Jenolan Caves, Sam Fiszman Park, Whale Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Bouddi National Park ©
Bouddi National Park
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirra Beach and Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Cape Byron Walking Track about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, make a splash at The Rockpools, and don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Walking Track
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Bring the kids along to Catseye Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hamilton Island Marina and Hamilton Island Golf Club. There's more to do: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and head outdoors with Jetryder.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©

5
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Horseshoe Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Whitehaven Beach and Cumberland Charter Yachts. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Bowen (Grays Bay & Mother Beddock Rock). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach tour planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In August in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Get outdoors at Big Mama Sailing and Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail. Bring the kids along to Geoffrey Bay and Magnetic Island National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Magnetic Island: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 42 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, head outdoors with The Bump Track, and stop by With Sugar.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Magnetic Island to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park
Eye to Eye Marine Encounters ©
Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Cleland Wildlife Park and Deep Creek Conservation Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Granite Island and Sevenhill Cellars. Venture out of the city with trips to McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale III Associates, Old Oval Estate, & more), Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and Clare (Crabtree Watervale Wines, Sussex Squire Wines, & more). Dedicate the 22nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Southern Flinders Ranges Experience with Lunch, hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Adelaide takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Adelaide: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Clare, McLaren Vale, Granite Island, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Aldinga Beach
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Old Oval Estate ©
Old Oval Estate
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Mill Markets (in Daylesford), Kevin Hoffman Walk (in Lara) and Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, St. Kilda Beach, Kevin Hoffman Walk, Eastern Beach Reserve, The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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