41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8​h
1
Perth
— 4 nights
2
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Beauty Point
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Stanley
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Brisbane
— 5 nights
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get outdoors at Mandurah Cruises and Scarborough Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bell Tower and The Sacred India Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro), Penguin Island (in Rockingham) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's much more to do: stroll through Cottesloe Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Perth itinerary planning website .

Brisbane to Perth is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Perth dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Penguin Island, Mandurah Cruises, Warnbro Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, St Patrick's Basilica
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Cleland Wildlife Park and Carrickalinga Beach. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Port Elliot (Boomer Beach & Horseshoe Bay), Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis) and Blowhole Beach (in Delamere). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Granite Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach, stroll through Waitpinga Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide journey website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Adelaide takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Adelaide, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Adelaide to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Blowhole Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Carrickalinga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Granite Island ©
Granite Island

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Take a break from the city and head to Tahune Forest AirWalk and Fern Tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip website .

Fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In January, Hobart is little chillier than Adelaide - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tahune Forest AirWalk, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Richmond Bridge, Fern Tree, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls

4
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Friendly Beaches. Escape the urban bustle at East Coast Natureworld and Wineglass Bay. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Coles Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
On the 14th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Eureka Farm, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then do a tasting at Priory Ridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St Helens itinerary tool .

Drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beauty Point.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eureka Farm, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Eureka Farm ©
Eureka Farm

3
nights
Beauty Point

Beauty Point ©
Beauty Point is a town by the Tamar River, in the north-east of Tasmania, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and The Tamar Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Platypus House and Cataract Gorge Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beauty Point: Launceston (Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, City Park, & more) and Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook). There's more to do: do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards and take in the exciting artwork at Tamar Valley Art Shack.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beauty Point trip builder site .

You can drive from St Helens to Beauty Point in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Beauty Point

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Launceston, Holm Oak Vineyards, Tamar Valley Art Shack, Delamere Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Platypus House ©
Platypus House
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Get in touch with nature at Devils @ Cradle and Westmorland Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake St. Clair and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at The Overland Track. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

Getting from Beauty Point to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Westmorland Falls
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Westmorland Falls ©
Westmorland Falls
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, then explore the galleries of Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Stanley trip app .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Stanley in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Stanley can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

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 Healesville Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 13th Beach and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Step out of Melbourne to go to Ballarat and see Art Gallery of Ballarat, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Stanley to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Stanley in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballarat, St. Kilda Beach, 13th Beach, Healesville Sanctuary, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

5
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at GOMA and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Step off the beaten path and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, snap pictures at Story Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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