43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 11 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 9 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Drive:  34​h
End: Cairns

8
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

11
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: Main Beach (Sea World Theme Park & Marina Mirage), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfers Paradise Beach). Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip website .

You can 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 March, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Dicky Beach, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, 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

11
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). Dedicate the 11th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Melbourne at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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