42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  34​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip app .

Ottawa, Canada to Darwin is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Darwin, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in September, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Douglas Hot Springs ©
Douglas Hot Springs

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Desert Park and Simpsons Gap. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, browse the exhibits of Talapi, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs online travel planner .

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Alice Springs, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Park War Memorial and Perth Zoo. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Dolphin Quay in Mandurah--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Swan River, don't miss a visit to Lotterywest Federation Walkway, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Wesley Church Fremantle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Perth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Alice Springs to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Alice Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days in Perth, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Monument Hill War Memorial, Perth Zoo, Wesley Church Fremantle, Dolphin Quay
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park War Memorial ©
Kings Park War Memorial
Swan River ©
Swan River

9
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adelaide Central Market and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Martindale Hall Heritage Museum (in Mintaro), Riesling Trail (in Clare) and Dudley Cellar Door (in Penneshaw). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully, learn about winemaking at Chateau Tanunda, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Adelaide road trip website .

Getting from Perth to Adelaide by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Adelaide are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dudley Cellar Door, Monarto Zoo, River Torrens Linear Park Trail, Riesling Trail, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

9
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Art Gallery of Ballarat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat), Daylesford (The Mill Markets & Lake Daylesford) and Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Trove Canberra, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: hike along ANZAC Parade Walk, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Rocks Markets. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
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.
You've now added Scuba & Snorkeling to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Historic Village Herberton and then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Adventure, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at State Library Of Queensland and Tamborine Mountain. There's more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands and appreciate the history behind Anzac Square.

Plan my trip to Brisbane with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Nature

Side Trip

Tamborine Mountain
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tamborine Mountain ©
Tamborine Mountain
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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