41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
7
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
15
Kiama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
17
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
18
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Amsterdam

3
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hinchinbrook Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Hinchinbrook Island, Golden Gumboot
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Hinchinbrook Island ©
Hinchinbrook Island
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot

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nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 22nd (Thu), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then hunt for treasures at Horseshoe Bay Markets, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Pilgrim Sailing, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island vacation planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Horseshoe Bay Markets ©
Horseshoe Bay Markets

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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 24th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then stop by CoffeeWorks, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and finally don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip maker site .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. In November in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
On the 28th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hayman Island online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Hayman Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hayman Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 1st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Rod Laver, then get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, then kick back and relax at Farnborough Beach, and then make a trip to Singing Ship.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton day trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Whitsunday Island to Rockhampton in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Singing Ship, Farnborough Beach
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then stroll through Eli Creek.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Rockhampton to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you will find days in Fraser Island are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll get in some beach time at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Get in touch with nature at Noosa National Park and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Mooloolaba (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Scuba & Snorkeling). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Hastings Street.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Noosa day trip planning tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main 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 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore the world behind art at GOMA, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online itinerary maker .

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker app .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visiting Bondi Beach and Pulpit Rock Lookout will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kiama.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Kiama

Kiama ©
Kiama is a township 120 kilometres south of Sydney in the Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia in the Municipality of Kiama. To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kiama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Kiama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kiama, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Kiama

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Port Kembla Beach, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Port Kembla Beach ©
Port Kembla Beach
Kiama Harbour ©
Kiama Harbour

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Telstra Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Kiama to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kiama in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Melbourne Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online route planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wilsons Promontory National Park visit planner .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach

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