44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 20 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Esperance
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  15​h 30​min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Istanbul

20
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Fort Denison Island. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Werri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Blackheath (Logan Brae Orchard & Govetts Leap), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Giant Stairway, & more) and Wollongong (Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong Head Lighthouse, & more). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Istanbul to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Mosman, Wollongong, Blackheath, Werri Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 17:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Anson Bay, then contemplate the long history of Pitcairn Settlers Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Guava, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emily Bay. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bloody Bridge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hundred Acres Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Norfolk Island itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Norfolk Island in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gold Coast to Norfolk Island due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gold Coast in January: highs in Norfolk Island hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Anson Bay ©
Anson Bay
Bloody Bridge ©
Bloody Bridge

2
nights
Hobart

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the striking features of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sullivans Cove and then examine the collection at Mona.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Norfolk Island to Hobart takes 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk Island to Hobart. Expect little chillier evenings in Hobart when traveling from Norfolk Island in January, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Museum of Old and New Art, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Sullivans Cove ©
Sullivans Cove
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then explore and take pictures at Island Pure Sheep Dairy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Will's Rare Breeds Farm and then do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Island Pure Sheep Dairy ©
Island Pure Sheep Dairy

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Kuniya Walk, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 16.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Hellfire Bay has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ten Mile Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Hellfire Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Le Grand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Twilight Bay, then cruise along Great Ocean Drive, and then kick back and relax at Blue Haven Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Esperance trip tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Esperance in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Esperance to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

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.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, kick back and relax at Cosy Corner Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Goode Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanarup Beach, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Princess Royal Fortress.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Albany vacation planner .

Drive from Esperance to Albany in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Esperance in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Albany, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denmark.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum ©
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum

2
nights
Denmark

Denmark ©
Denmark's population of over 2,700 people grows to several times that number during tourist season because of its natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Harewood Estate Winery, kick back and relax at Parry Beach, learn about winemaking at Moombaki Wines, then learn about winemaking at Rickety Gate Winery, and finally take a peaceful walk through Harewood Forest. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Anvil Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Monkey Rock, then do a tasting at Rockcliffe Winery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denmark online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Denmark takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Denmark can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Denmark

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach
Parry Beach ©
Parry Beach

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder app .

Getting from Denmark to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denmark to Port Douglas is 2 hours. In February, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Denmark - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, St Monica's Cathedral, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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