41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Detroit

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 10th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Detroit in January: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 85°F and lows are around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Underart Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, stop by Australian Leather Company, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Four Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by Coffee Works.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kuniya Walk. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Field of Light, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 99°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Michael's Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 81°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then hunt for treasures at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Questacon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Canberra, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Gower and Ball's Pyramid. And it doesn't end there: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Canberra to Lord Howe Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney journey tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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