41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  22​h
1
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive:  22​h 30​min
10
Gold Coast
— 11 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Montreal

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach and then take a stroll through West End.

Make your Brisbane itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Montreal, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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West End ©
West End
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take a peaceful walk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Lismore Regional Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Nimbin Rocks. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Fisherman's Lookout and then play a few rounds at Teven Valley Golf Course.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 20°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Nimbin Rocks, Lismore Regional Gallery, Teven Valley Golf Course
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Teven Valley Golf Course ©
Teven Valley Golf Course
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach
Victoria Park Nature Reserve ©
Victoria Park Nature Reserve

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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.
On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at 13th Beach and Safety Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ocean Beach and Sorrento Front Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Frankston Beach (in Frankston) and Rye Beach (in Rye).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

13th Beach, Rye Beach, Safety Beach, Frankston Beach, Sorrento Front Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Safety Beach ©
Safety Beach
Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
Sorrento Front Beach ©
Sorrento Front Beach

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, then head outdoors with The Arch, and then admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Campbell road trip site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
Port Campbell precinct and foreshore ©
The Arch ©
The Arch

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Cove Conservation Park, then learn about winemaking at Paxton Wines, then learn about winemaking at McLaren Vale III Associate wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Dog Ridge Winery. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Thorndon Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at West Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide online attractions planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Adelaide in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Thorndon Park, Semaphore Beach, Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Hallett Cove Conservation Park ©
Hallett Cove Conservation Park
West Beach ©
West Beach
Paxton Wines ©
Paxton Wines

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nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Visiting Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Gillen and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, examine the collection at The Residency, and take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs visit planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Curtain Fig National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Etty Bay and Millaa Millaa Falls. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Palm Cove) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Barrine, explore and take pictures at Red Arrow Walk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Babinda Boulders, Red Arrow Walk, Crystal Cascades, Millaa Millaa Falls
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Shark Diving

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Heads Beach and Greenmount Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lamington National Park (in Binna Burra) and Cook Island Aquatic Reserve (in Fingal Head). Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Miami Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast online trip builder .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lamington National Park, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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