43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Windhoek
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
2
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
3
Darwin
— 5 nights
4
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Windhoek

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 21st (Sat) 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, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Windhoek, Namibia to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time (CAT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Windhoek in September, expect nights in Melbourne to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are colder, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Ormiston Gorge.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Alice Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Walking tours

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
When in Darwin, make a side trip to see Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 2nd (Wed) at Darwin Waterfront. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, view the masterpieces at Mason Gallery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and make a splash at Wave Lagoon.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in September: highs in Darwin hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Darwin in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

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Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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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

10
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 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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