42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​h
2
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
6
Broken Hill
— 6 nights
Drive:  31​h
End: Perth

6
nights
Perth

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get some historical perspective at Fremantle Prison and St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Rockingham (Rockingham Beach & Point Peron), Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo) and Barna Mia Nocturnal Wildlife Experience (in Dryandra). On the 26th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, get great views at Fraser Avenue Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Perth itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Perth. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, Mettam's Pool, City Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
City Beach ©
City Beach
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

7
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Aloysius Church and Carrick Hill. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Henley Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), National Motor Museum (in Birdwood) and Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek). Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully, enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarto Zoo.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Adelaide takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in January: highs in Adelaide hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Smith Brothers Walking Trail, Monarto Zoo, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, St Aloysius Church
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Anglican Church, Barwon Heads (in Barwon Heads) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday maker website .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ballarat, Anglican Church, Barwon Heads, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

7
nights
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 Manly Beach and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Nan Tien Temple. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, & more), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and stroll through Shelly Beach.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Nan Tien Temple, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 22:
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Speed Boats Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

7
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Byron Walking Track and Pippi Beach. Visiting Turners Beach and Lighthouse Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Yamba (Main Beach Yamba & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Spooky Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yamba, Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

6
nights
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pro Hart Gallery and Day Dream Mine. Explore hidden gems such as The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary and Mutawintji National Park. Explore Broken Hill's surroundings by going to Silverton School and Educational Museum (in Silverton) and Kinchega National Park (in Menindee). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, explore the galleries of Howard Steer Art - Flying Doctor Artist, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of the Outback, and steep yourself in history at Broken Hill Trades Hall.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Broken Hill road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Broken Hill in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Byron Bay in January: high temperatures in Broken Hill hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Silverton, Kinchega National Park
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kinchega National Park ©
Kinchega National Park
Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery

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