43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
2
Caloundra
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Adelaide
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  26​h
End: Edinburgh

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the different shops at Bourke Street Mall, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder .

Edinburgh, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Edinburgh to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 14:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Art on Cairncross and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at The Original Eumundi Markets and The Real McCaul. Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Belmondos Organic Market (in Noosaville), Montville (Kondalilla National Park & Chocolate Country) and Maleny Cheese (in Maleny).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Caloundra online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Caloundra in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Caloundra: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Maleny, Buderim, Montville, Eumundi, Belmondos Organic Market
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza ©
Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza

6
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 cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Head to Sydney Fish Market and The Nookfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to The Candy Store Leura (in Leura) and Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and look for gifts at The Strand Arcade.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Caloundra to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Sydney

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Rick Rutherford's Country
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 25:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Sydney to Cape Tribulation in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Coffee Works and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by The Reef Marina.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and look for gifts at Luminous Lights.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

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

You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Alice Springs are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Thorn-Clarke Wines and Murray Street Vineyards. For shopping fun, head to Maggie Beer's Farm Shop or Kies Family Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Barossa Valley Cheese Company (in Angaston), Tanunda (Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst, Langmeil Winery, & more) and Eden Valley (Flaxman Wines & Fernfield Wines). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Kalleske Wines, identify plant and animal life at Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, and hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip builder website .

Getting from Alice Springs to Adelaide by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, expect Adelaide to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Tanunda, Greenock, Eden Valley, Angaston, Marananga
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 17:
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Flaxman Wines ©
Flaxman Wines

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