42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  21​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Wollongong
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  8​h 15​min
12
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Portland

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Rocks Markets as well as Sydney Harbour Bridge. Relax by the water at Whale Beach and Shelly Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Odd Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls).

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Portland to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass, Shelly Beach, Whale Beach
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

2
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Get some cultural insight at Tertini Wines and Artemis Wines. Visiting Abrahams Bosom Reserve and Callala Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Wollongong: Bass Point Reserve (in Shellharbour), Berrima (Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop & Berrima District Museum) and Kiama Coastal Walk (in Kiama). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Two Figs Winery and take some stellar pictures from Mittagong Lookout.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wollongong journey planning website .

You can drive from Sydney to Wollongong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wollongong when traveling from Sydney in May, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mittagong, Berrima, Two Figs Winery, Abrahams Bosom Reserve, Kiama Coastal Walk
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kiama Coastal Walk ©
Kiama Coastal Walk
Abrahams Bosom Reserve ©
Abrahams Bosom Reserve
Bass Point Reserve ©
Bass Point Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then don't miss a visit to Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip app .

Traveling by car from Wollongong to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wollongong in May, expect Canberra to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Outdoors Tours Trails
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell ©
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell
Balloon Rides

3
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 in touch with nature at Rye Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Schanck Lighthouse and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Frankston Beach (in Frankston) and Cape Schanck Boardwalk (in Flinders).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, Melbourne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Frankston Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cape Schanck Lighthouse ©
Cape Schanck Lighthouse

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Thorndon Park, learn about winemaking at St Hugo Wines, and then learn about winemaking at St Hallett Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Belair National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Adelaide are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

St Hallett Winery, Belair National Park, St Hugo Wines, Thorndon Park
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Belair National Park ©
Belair National Park
St Hallett Winery ©
St Hallett Winery
Thorndon Park ©
Thorndon Park

2
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Serbian Orthodox Church and St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church. Explore hidden gems such as Breakaways Conservation Park and Faye's Underground Home. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, tee off at Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catacomb Church, and make a trip to Big Winch.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Coober Pedy travel planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Coober Pedy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Coober Pedy sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol and Talapi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ellery Creek Big Hole and The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, view the masterpieces at Jila Arts, browse the exhibits of Yubu Napa Art Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Coober Pedy in June, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in Alice Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan

3
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 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and then hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation builder app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get a sense of the local culture at Yellow Water and Anbangbang Billabong. Escape the urban bustle at Cahills Crossing and Mamukala Billabong. Change things up with a short trip to Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

4
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.
Get outdoors at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Darwin Military Museum and Mason Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Nomad Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Darwin day trip planning app .

Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Darwin, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Casuarina Coastal Reserve ©
Casuarina Coastal Reserve

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Atherton Tablelands. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and The Crystal Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in June, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Herberton, The Crystal Caves, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Peregian Beach and Buderim Forest Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Air Museum and Caloundra Lighthouses. Venture out of the city with trips to Gardners Falls (in Maleny), Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Noosa in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, Gardners Falls, Buderim Forest Park, Point Cartwright
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, then tee off at Bribie Island Golf Club, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Woorim Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bribie Island Butterfly House, walk around Buckleys Hole Conservation Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sylvan Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bribie Island vacation planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Bribie Island in 2 hours. June in Bribie Island sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club
Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Brisbane Arcade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), then wander the streets of West End, and finally view the masterpieces at The Henderson Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Bribie Island to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In June in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Brisbane Arcade ©
Brisbane Arcade
West End ©
West End

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