42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Blackheath
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning website .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Perth visit planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
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: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

4
nights
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.
When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Photography Tours in Daintree, approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Annie's Ladies Boutique). Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire all the interesting features of Earl Hill, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns attractions planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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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
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, stroll through Fraser Island Great Walk, and kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore Blackheath's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and trek along Grand Canyon track.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Blackheath trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. In August, Blackheath is a bit cooler than Fraser Island - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Sydney takes 2 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks 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

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