45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h
3
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
10
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
12
Lightning Ridge
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
13
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to The Tamar Valley and St Columba Waterfall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Tamar Valley Art Shack (in Clarence Point), St Marys (Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, & more) and Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards, stroll through City Park, and contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Launceston tour itinerary planning tool .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In June, Launceston is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

St Marys, Goaty Hill Wines, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Tasmanian Glassblowers
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, explore the world behind art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hobart road trip planning app .

You can drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Model Prison
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site

3
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Get some historical perspective at Hamelin Bay Jetty and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Boyup Brook District Pioneers' Museum and JahRoc Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks), Sensei Pots Art Gallery Yallingup (in Quedjinup) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Treeton Fine Wood Studio, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hobart to Margaret River in 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup, Yallingup, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canal Rocks ©
Canal Rocks

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Denmark Heritage Cider Company. Take a break from Albany with a short trip to Greens Pool in Denmark, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cable Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and admire the striking features of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albany sightseeing planner .

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June in Albany, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Broome

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Broome Historical Museum and Broome Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, examine the collection at SSJG Heritage Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome, and take in the exciting artwork at Short St Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Broome tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Broome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Albany, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Broome, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

3
nights
Darwin

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Territory Wildlife Park and Speed Boats Tours. Get in touch with nature at Berry Springs Nature Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, explore the galleries of Mason Gallery, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and take in the exciting artwork at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Broome in June, Darwin is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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.
Visiting Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunday Market Port Douglas and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 1st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Atherton Tablelands and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. Museum-lovers will appreciate Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the galleries of Talapi, get great views at Anzac Hill, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum and Paulett Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage and The Wellington Courthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Willunga Leadlight and Glass Studio (in Willunga) and Raukkan Church (in Narrung). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Adelaide, make a trip to Adelaide Oval, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Adelaide: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Willunga Leadlight and Glass Studio, Cleland Wildlife Park, ISKCON Adelaide, Raukkan Church
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
The Wellington Courthouse ©
The Wellington Courthouse
Raukkan Church ©
Raukkan Church

1
day
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Artesian Baths, take in the exciting artwork at John Murray Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Kangaroo Hill Complex, then take in the exciting artwork at Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally get engrossed in the history at Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery.

Plan trip to Lightning Ridge with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Adelaide to Lightning Ridge in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Museums Shopping Nature
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Macley River Historical Museum. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Koala Hospital. Step out of Port Macquarie to go to South West Rocks and see Trial Bay Gaol, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Innes Ruins.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie road trip website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Lightning Ridge to Port Macquarie in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Port Macquarie are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Macley River Historical Museum
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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