43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  30​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
7
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary app .

Toronto, Canada to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in November, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour site .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning app .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planner .

Getting from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

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 engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
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 The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Perry's Lookdown, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba road trip planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Katoomba reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Bilpin Cider Company, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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