41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Caloundra
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
10
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
11
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
12
Tanunda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
13
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. Get some historical perspective at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru trip itinerary app .

Ahmedabad, India to Jabiru is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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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 Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by Coffee Works.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get in touch with nature at Daintree National Park and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. December in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
On the 15th (Sat), trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then shop like a local with Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
National Gallery of Victoria and Immigration Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, take a stroll through Degraves Street, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then pick up some local products at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, and finally get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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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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 22nd (Sat): browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. On your second day here, shop like a local with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Canberra to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Kings Beach, then stop by The Real McCaul, then buy something for everyone on your list at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Art on Cairncross, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Caloundra online day trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Art on Cairncross, The Real McCaul
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek will get you outdoors.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, stop by Teddy Sinclair, browse the different shops at Leura Mall, then browse for treasures at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and finally trek along The National Pass. Keep things going the next day: stop by Rick Rutherford's Country, stop by The Candy Store Leura, stop by The Nook, look for gifts at Katoomba Vintage Emporium, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Odd Mountain, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Faulconbridge trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Faulconbridge. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, Faulconbridge is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Lennox Bridge, The National Pass, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Get some cultural insight at Thorn-Clarke Wines and Kalleske Wines. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop and Birthstones in the Barossa. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards and stop by Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tanunda online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Faulconbridge to Tanunda. In December, daytime highs in Tanunda are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marananga, Angaston, Nuriootpa, Greenock, Seppeltsfield
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 3rd (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Tanunda to Lord Howe Island takes 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Dee Why Beach, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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