43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 5 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Rome

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Art Gallery of Ballarat and The Mill Markets. Attractions like Ballarat Wildlife Park and Melbourne Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), St Augustine's Church (in Creswick) and Stony Creek Gallery (in Daylesford). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Degraves Street, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Rome, Italy to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rome to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in September, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Ballarat, Daylesford, St Augustine's Church, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Rocks Markets and Nan Tien Temple. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at ATTY Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 3:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kids will enjoy Catseye Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Hamilton Island Art Gallery and Go-Kart Racing Track. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, head outdoors with Jetryder, and make a trip to Passage Peak.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

5
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Family-friendly places like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Grays Bay will thrill your kids. For shopping fun, head to Colour Me Crazy or Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Cape Hillsborough National Park in Cape Hillsborough, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, and take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Colour Me Crazy, Grays Bay
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

5
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Visit National Trust Heritage Centre and St James Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at The Drill Hall Studio and Townsville Museum and Historical Society. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at The Strand, take in the exciting artwork at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Make your Townsville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Horseshoe Bay Markets.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island road trip website .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. October in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ngarru Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online road trip planner .

Getting from Cooktown to Port Douglas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Safaris

6
nights
Cairns

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.
Doongal Aboriginal Art and The Crystal Caves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Trinity Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Palm Cove), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Etty Bay, take some stellar pictures from Mamu Tropical Skywalk, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Innisfail, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Curtain Fig National Park, The Crystal Caves, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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