43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Broome
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  38​h
10
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip planner .

Newark, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Gold Coast. Traveling from Newark in July, expect nights in Gold Coast to be much colder, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Jenolan Caves and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Your inner history buff will appreciate Martindale Hall Heritage Museum and St Aloysius Church. Let the collections at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage and Burra Railway Station capture your imagination. There's more to do: do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Clare day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Clare. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Leasingham, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Paulett Wines, Burra Railway Station
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Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Burra Railway Station ©
Burra Railway Station
Pikes Wines ©
Pikes Wines

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Clare to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In July, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Mossman Gorge. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Get outdoors at Lake Cave and Surfers Point. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Bellview Shell Collection. Go for a jaunt from Margaret River to Augusta to see Jewel Cave about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, learn about winemaking at Cape Grace Wines, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Margaret River sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Margaret River in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cairns to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Cowaramup, Augusta, McLeod Creek Wines, Bellview Shell Collection
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Broome Historical Museum and Cable Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome, and stroll through Broome Town Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Broome road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Popular historic sites such as Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Maguk Gorge and Bardedjilidji Walk. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre and identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online attractions planner .

Getting from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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nights
Darwin

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Defence of Darwin Experience. Step out of the city life by going to Mindil Beach and Safaris. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve in Humpty Doo--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and shop like a local with Mason Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Darwin sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Daylesford (Convent Gallery & Lake Daylesford). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner .

Drive from Darwin to Melbourne in 38 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Darwin in August, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 57°F and lows about 42°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daylesford, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 16:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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