43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Ningaloo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Ningaloo

Venture out of the city with trips to Exmouth (Ross Street Mall Shopping Centre Exmouth, Shark Diving, & more).

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ningaloo trip planner .

London, UK to Ningaloo is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Ningaloo. When traveling from London in October, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Ningaloo: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Exmouth
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Shark Diving
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Mauritius Beach ©
Mauritius Beach

7
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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney travel route builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ningaloo to Sydney. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Ningaloo in October, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 13:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip tool .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island travel planning site .

Getting from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fraser Island in October since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Golf Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

3
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Whitsunday Great Walk, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 25th (Fri), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Townsville.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 26th (Sat), head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then stroll through The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Riverway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Townsville visit planning tool .

You can take a train from Whitsunday Island to Townsville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Townsville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and then tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online sightseeing planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. October in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 29th (Tue), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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.
Spend the 30th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, get outside with The Bump Track, look for gifts at With Sugar, and play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Port Douglas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Golf Club
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

7
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

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