43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
12
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Explore hidden gems such as Koala Hospital and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. There's lots more to do: hike along Coastal walk, see the interesting displays at Roto House, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie online itinerary planner .

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

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

Fly from Port Macquarie to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and Elizas Gallery. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Photography Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, make a trip to Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Greens Pool and Emu Point. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and step aboard Replica of the Brig Amity.

Plan trip to Albany with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Albany to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Cave and Meelup Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave, Canal Rocks, & more) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip planner .

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Boranup, Jewel Cave, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Admirals Arch. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps and then explore and take pictures at Twelve Apostles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park and then explore the striking landscape at London Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Campbell online day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

3
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Neck. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Taranna to see Tasmanian Devil Unzoo about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the views from Tasman Bridge, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hobart travel planner.

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, The Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wineglass Bay Lookout and East Coast Natureworld. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marakoopa Cave and Mole Creek Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot (in Promised Land), Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek) and Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley and stroll around City Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Launceston trip builder app .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Beauty Point, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
City Park ©
City Park
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blue Mountains and The Giant Stairway. Take a break from Katoomba with a short trip to Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at The Three Sisters, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Launceston to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Launceston in January, with highs in Katoomba at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Featherdale Wildlife Park and Kiama Blowhole. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kiama Blowhole, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

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