43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montpellier
+4
train + shuttle + Fly + shuttle + bus:  34​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Montpellier

4
nights
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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Daintree (Elizas Gallery, Photography Tours, & more). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation road trip planner .

Montpellier, France to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Montpellier to Cape Tribulation. In August, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Bloomfield Waterfall, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Photography Tours

5
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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries, get outside with The Bump Track, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barron Gorge National Park.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday builder website .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 17th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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