43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kota Kinabalu
Fly + shuttle:  15​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Caloundra
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Kota Kinabalu

4
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.
Do your shopping at Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugar. Museum-lovers will appreciate Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Port Douglas is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kota Kinabalu to Port Douglas. Traveling from Kota Kinabalu in May, expect Port Douglas to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Thornton Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation travel route planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Visiting Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

Planning Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Let the collections at Art on Cairncross and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith capture your imagination. Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Kawana Shoppingworldfor plenty of shopping. Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Montville (Kondalilla National Park & Montville Art Gallery).

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Caloundra takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, Caloundra is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Montville, Buderim, Mooloolaba, Kawana Shoppingworld, The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In June in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at Brett Whiteley Studio and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Wentworth Falls and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Let the collections at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Katoomba Antique Centre capture your imagination. On the 18th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, explore the galleries of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, browse the different shops at Leura Mall, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Katoomba holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, plan for little chillier nights in Katoomba, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Perry's Lookdown, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Falls Gallery
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, explore the galleries of Scott Leggo Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then stop by Vines & Wines, and finally explore the galleries of Strathnairn Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Canberra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Canberra is a bit cooler than Katoomba - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Buxton Contemporary.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in June, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Jewish Holocaust Centre
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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