42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toulouse
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
11
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Toulouse

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas route builder tool .

Toulouse, France to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toulouse in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Megalong Creek Estate, The National Pass, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then get interesting insight from Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canberra using our trip planner.

Drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Outdoors Adventure
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning tool .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

Make your Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. On the next day, explore the activities along Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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