43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​h
End: London

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the activities along Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth road trip planner .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. Traveling from London in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Perth, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. When traveling from Perth in June, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Collingwood Children's Farm
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). On the 30th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Katoomba, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Megalong Creek Estate
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

5
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, stop by Sydney Fish Market, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:
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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
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 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

5
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas, Annie's Ladies Boutique, & more). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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, get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) 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 Jul 22 — 25:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online route maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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