43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

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

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba driving holiday planner .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In February in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Megalong Valley, The National Pass, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island journey planner.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, stroll through Indian Head, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. March in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 10th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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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 and take pictures at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In March, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, then engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Richmond Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for little chillier days in Hobart, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

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