40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
2
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Brisbane
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Amsterdam

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Get outdoors at The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Melbourne to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cedars and Adelaide Oval. Visit Horseshoe Bay and Blowhole Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock) and Boomer Beach (in Port Elliot). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at West Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Haigh's Chocolates Glenelg.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Elliot, Cleland Wildlife Park, Seppeltsfield, Aldinga Beach, Murray Street Vineyards
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

8
nights
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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Head National Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Marina Mirage (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Fly from Adelaide to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Captain Cook Highway
Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 1:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. February in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

9
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Coogee Beach and Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get interesting insight from Tours, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Dee Why Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fraser Island in February: highs in Sydney hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bilgola Beach, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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