41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Martin de los Andes
Fly:  34​h
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
North Stradbroke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Melbourne
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  26​h
End: San Martin de los Andes

4
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.
Relax by the water at South Cape Bay Walk and Seven Mile Beach. Battery Point and Hobart Convict Penitentiary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Nutpatch Pty Ltd - Hand made fine chocolate in Kettering (in Kettering). There's much more to do: trek along Tahune Forest AirWalk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hobart online trip maker .

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina to Hobart is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is 13 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate, South Cape Bay, Opossum Bay Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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.
Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Sydney's Paddy's Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The Nook (in Leura), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Coogee Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and look for gifts at The Bay Tree Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder tool .

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in March, with highs in Sydney at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Berrima, Shelly Beach, The Nook
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Vines & Wines and Canberra Glassworks. Take a break from the city and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Balloon Rides. Get out of town with these interesting Canberra side-trips: Murrumbateman (Jeir Creek Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, & more) and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (in Paddys River). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Canberra Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at ANZAC Parade Walk.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Canberra

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Head National Park and Maroochydore Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Robina Town Shopping Centre and Queen Street Mall. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Marina Mirage (in Main Beach), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route builder tool .

You can fly from Canberra to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in March; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maroochydore
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

1
night
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area, kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach, and then stroll through Frenchman's Beach.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our North Stradbroke Island travel planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Myora Springs Conservation Area ©
Myora Springs Conservation Area
Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island
On the 27th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Woorim Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sylvan Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island tour planning website .

You can drive from North Stradbroke Island to Bribie Island in 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Bribie Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Shute Harbour. Get in touch with nature at Horseshoe Bay and Heart Reef. Spend the 31st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Airlie Beach. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Bribie Island in March, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Colour Me Crazy
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Curtain Fig National Park. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Granite Gorge Nature Park will get you outdoors. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to The Crystal Caves (in Atherton), Spy Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, learn about winemaking at Golden Drop Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mareeba, Spy & Camera Museum, Palm Cove Beach, Babinda Boulders, Curtain Fig National Park
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Mossman Gorge and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Visit Cow Bay Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas attractions planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creameryfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Yarra River. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Ballan to see Ballan Farmers Market about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Patrick's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, expect nights in Melbourne to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Ballan Farmers Market
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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