42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  22​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
11
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Athens

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fremantle Prison and St Patrick's Basilica are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Caversham Wildlife Park and Swan River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Illusionary Art (in Herne Hill) and Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, do a tasting at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Perth road trip planning website .

Athens, Greece to Perth is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Athens in December, expect nights in Perth to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Illusionary Art, Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, Tyler's Vineyard
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

1
day
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 22nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip planning app .

Getting from Perth to Canberra by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Lord Howe Island in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at The Australiana Pioneer Village, then take in the views from Lennox Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Faulconbridge trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Faulconbridge. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fraser Island in December since evenings lows in Faulconbridge dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lennox Bridge, The National Pass, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The Australiana Pioneer Village
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip app .

Traveling by car from Faulconbridge to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Victoria and ArtVo. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Uluru, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

5
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 the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Cairns hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some cultural insight at Yellow Water and Ubirr. Take a break from the city and head to Cahills Crossing and Nourlangie Rock. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, explore the striking landscape at Koolpin Gorge, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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