45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Rockhampton
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, examine the collection at SSJG Heritage Centre, stop by The Sandalwood Gallery Broome, and get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Broome trip planner.

London, UK to Broome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Broome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, expect Broome to be much hotter, temps between 40°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Diversity Charter Company
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Defence of Darwin Experience and Speed Boats Tours. Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: cool off at Wave Lagoon, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner.

Getting from Broome to Darwin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broome to Darwin. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Anzac Hill. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre.

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

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in April, you will find days in Alice Springs are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Victor Harbor (Old Port Victor Historic Walk & Granite Island). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide road trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, you will find days in Adelaide are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Victor Harbor
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Granite Island ©
Granite Island
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Balloon Rides. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Lake Wendouree in Ballarat, approximately 2 hours away. Dedicate the 20th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lake Wendouree
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Questacon and Mount Ainslie Lookout. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canberra itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Questacon ©
Questacon
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online vacation planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roma Street Parkland and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Brisbane vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

3
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Capricorn Caves and Keppel Kraken. Venture out of the city with trips to Yeppoon (Farnborough Beach, Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, & more) and Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park (in Wycarbah). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre, and take a memorable excursion with Rockhampton Zoo.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Strand and Gondwana Rainforest. And it doesn't end there: hike along Castle Hill, explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in May, Townsville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Queensland, Copperfield Gorge
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paronella Park and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, take a memorable tour with Tours, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay May 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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