41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Devonport
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Wollongong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
13
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
14
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
15
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
16
Brisbane
— 7 nights
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, and sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker .

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mona and then snap pictures at Richmond Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, then kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July in Hobart, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Breweries

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Mona, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mona ©
Mona

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
On the 17th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Tessellated Pavement
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, stroll through Wineglass Bay Lookout, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, snap pictures at Spiky Bridge, then learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and finally identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planning tool .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Spiky Bridge, East Coast Natureworld
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

2
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, contemplate the long history of Entally Estate, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at James Boag Brewery Experience, and finally view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Coles Bay to Launceston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Launceston are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Devonport.

Things to do in Launceston

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Holm Oak Vineyards, Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Entally Estate ©
Entally Estate

3
nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
On the 24th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch, find something for the whole family at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, and then see the interesting displays at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse Experience and then stroll through Boat Harbour Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Devonport trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Devonport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Devonport are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Devonport

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wynyard, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, Ghost Rock Tasmania, Turners Beach Berry Patch
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
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Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch
Ghost Rock Tasmania ©
Ghost Rock Tasmania

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder website .

You can fly from Devonport to Melbourne in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Devonport in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
night
Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Junee Roundhouse Museum and then steep yourself in history at Monte Cristo Homestead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Rock Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wagga Wagga Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at City of Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wagga Wagga online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Wagga Wagga, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Junee, The Rock Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:
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The Rock Nature Reserve ©
The Rock Nature Reserve
City of Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens ©
Monte Cristo Homestead ©
Monte Cristo Homestead

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): do a tasting at Four Winds Vineyard, then get curious at Questacon, and then appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Canberra tour planner .

Getting from Wagga Wagga to Canberra by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Wagga Wagga in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 0°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Four Winds Vineyard, Gondwana Rainforest
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

1
night
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wollongong online holiday planner .

Drive from Canberra to Wollongong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Canberra in August, things will get a bit warmer in Wollongong: highs are around 21°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wollongong

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, identify plant and animal life at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Wollongong to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wollongong in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 11°C at night. You'll set off for Lightning Ridge on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

3
nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 7th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths, then browse the exhibits of Chambers of The Black Hand, and then contemplate the long history of Lighning Ridge Car Door Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lightning Ridge road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Macquarie to Lightning Ridge takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Lightning Ridge to Byron Bay in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Trails, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Spas & Wellness

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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 11th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation planning site .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Art Gallery and Art on Cairncross. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Montville Art Gallery (in Montville). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, stroll through Australia Zoo, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Art on Cairncross, Australia Zoo, Montville Art Gallery, Caloundra Lighthouses
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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