41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cardwell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
8
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Montville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
16
Sydney
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
17
Jervis Bay
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  9​h
18
Melbourne
— Few hours
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Palm Cove Beach has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Safaris and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cardwell.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Cardwell

Cardwell
Cardwell is a tropical coastal town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Murray Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cardwell day trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cardwell in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cardwell

Nature Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Billabong Sanctuary. On the 20th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Townsville journey builder site .

Getting from Cardwell to Townsville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Pinnacles Gallery ©
Pinnacles Gallery

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and then stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Esplanade, stop by Harbour Gift Gallery, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burrum Heads Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in December since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Montville.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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nights
Montville

Montville ©
Montville is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range in Queensland, Australia, around 400 metres above sea level. On the 1st (Wed), view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then stop by Maleny Cheese, then take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Montville trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Montville in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Montville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, get your game on at South Bank Parklands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane journey maker site .

Drive from Montville to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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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 5th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast visit planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

O'Reillys Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Lennox Head Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wategos Beach and Belongil Beach. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary tool .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Carobana Confectionary.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour visit planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in January: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Old Butter Factory
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Old Butter Factory ©
Old Butter Factory

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, hike along Coastal walk, and then kick back and relax at Pilot Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip site .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Un4gettable4evermore, Pilot Beach, Horsehoe Bay Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 16th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, then stop by Inner City Winemakers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Newcastle road trip website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Newcastle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, you will find days in Newcastle are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Fun & Games Beaches

Side Trip

Inner City Winemakers
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Inner City Winemakers ©
Inner City Winemakers

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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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Buildingfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

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You can drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
On the 22nd (Wed), stop by The Treat Factory, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Collingwood Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Seven Mile Beach National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jervis Bay tour itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Sydney to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Jervis Bay dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach National Park, Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market, The Treat Factory
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Collingwood Beach ©
Collingwood Beach
The Treat Factory ©
The Treat Factory

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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.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Jervis Bay to Melbourne in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping
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