42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Gold Coast
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Shoal Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Newcastle
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Port Fairy
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
18
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
19
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
20
Esperance
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
21
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
22
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Tel Aviv

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Melbourne. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks
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St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Four Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Myall Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Cape Trib Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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Cairns

Cairns
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns tour builder website .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Passage Peak as well as Sea Kayak Adventure Paddle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hill Inlet and Catseye Beach. Visiting Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Thu) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Whitsunday Island
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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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.
To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Protestors Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Main Beach Yamba and Lighthouse Beach. Relax by the water at Broken Head Beach and Spooky Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Yamba Pedal Boats (in Yamba) and Natural Bridge (in Springbrook). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and don't miss a visit to The Byron Bay Book Exchange.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay tour app .

Drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Lennox Head, Broken Head, Lighthouse Beach, Protestors Falls
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Find out how to plan Gold Coast trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), you're off toSydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon track, The Three Sisters, Lincoln's Rock, and other attractions you added. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Glenworth Valley to see Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Redhead Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Newcastle online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sydney to Newcastle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Redhead Beach
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach

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Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Burgess Beach, Forster as well as Zenith Beach. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zenith Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Jimmy's Beach and then kick back and relax at Burgess Beach, Forster.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shoal Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Newcastle to Shoal Bay in an hour. In February in Shoal Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Newcastle.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jimmy's Beach
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

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Newcastle

Newcastle
Plan a trip to Newcastle easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Newcastle in an hour. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Newcastle

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Melbourne

Melbourne
For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip site .

Getting from Newcastle to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newcastle in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 16°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toTorquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Torquay trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Apollo Bay itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
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Carisbrook Waterfall ©
Carisbrook Waterfall

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): head off the coast to Griffiths Island and then visit a coastal fixture at Griffiths Island Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Fairy online vacation planner .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:
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Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

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Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Port Fairy to Adelaide takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Perth

Perth
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary site .

Getting from Adelaide to Perth by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in February: highs in Perth hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. You will leave for Esperance on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. You'll get in some beach time at Ten Mile Lagoon and Lucky Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to West Beach and Cape Le Grand National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Blue Haven Beach, make a trip to Esperance Whale Tail, view the masterpieces at Cindy Poole Glass Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lucky Bay Brewing.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Esperance travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Perth to Esperance in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Perth in February, expect nights in Esperance to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Perth.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven Beach

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Perth

Perth
To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Perth journey planner.

Getting from Esperance to Perth by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Esperance in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Bells Beach has been added to your itinerary.

For maps and tourist information, use the Melbourne travel planner .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In February, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Perth - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Melton Botanic Garden, Bells Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Melton Botanic Garden ©
Melton Botanic Garden
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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