42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
3
Seisia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 14 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 12 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland


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5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Museum of Central Australia. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, take an in-depth tour of Old Ghan Museum, and get outside with Simpsons Gap.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs travel itinerary planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Alice Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Alice Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in April, expect nights in Alice Springs to be a bit cooler, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Tjanpi Desert Weavers ©
Tjanpi Desert Weavers

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge, experience rural life at Katherine Outback Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Katherine trip builder site .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Alice Springs in April, with highs in Katherine at 40°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seisia.

Things to do in Katherine

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge

1
night
Seisia

Seisia ©
On the 29th (Sun), experience rural life at Roko Pearls.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seisia trip planner.

You can drive from Katherine to Seisia in 56 hours. Another option is to fly. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
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Roko Pearls ©
Roko Pearls

14
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Historic Village Herberton and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Wonga Beach (in Wonga Beach), Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Daintree Discovery Centre) and Port Douglas (The Reef Marina, Sunday Market Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Seisia to Cairns with the Route module. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman, Palm Cove, Cow Bay, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

6
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Shute Harbour. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Forest Flying (in Finch Hatton) and Horseshoe Bay (in Bowen). Spend the 17th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, look for gifts at Whitsunday Opals, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan trip to Airlie Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Horseshoe Bay, Forest Flying
Find places to stay May 13 — 19:
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

12
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Dicky Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Art on Cairncross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre (in Biggera Waters), Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina) and Marina Mirage (in Main Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Opals Down Under, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute, and take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Maleny, Montville, Opals Down Under
Find places to stay May 19 — 31:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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