44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly + shuttle:  20​h
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amritsar

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, head outdoors with The Bump Track, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Amritsar, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Amritsar to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amritsar in September, things will get a bit cooler in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Jetryder, Hamilton Island Art Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip maker tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fraser Island Great Walk, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach), Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden (in Tanawha) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Caloundra Coastal Walk
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Kingscliff to see Watersports Guru about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To plan Gold Coast vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Ballina (Kayaking & Canoeing & Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail), Bundjalung National Park (in Evans Head) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay journey planner .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ballina, Broken Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Wentworth Falls about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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