45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h
1
Palm Beach
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Crescent Head
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
On the 17th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Ferry Artists Gallery, then kick back and relax at Terrigal Beach, then stroll through Avoca Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Marie Byles Lookout. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach, take some stellar pictures from Warrah Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Beach driving holiday planner.

Sydney to Palm Beach is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In February, daytime highs in Palm Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Terrigal, Ocean Beach, Warrah Lookout, Ferry Artists Gallery, Marie Byles Lookout
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:
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Avoca Beach ©
Avoca Beach
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. For shopping fun, head to Into The Blue Gallery or Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On the 20th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon and do sightseeing your way with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach attractions planning site .

Explore your travel options from Palm Beach to Airlie Beach with the Route module. Traveling from Palm Beach in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitsunday Islands National Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, head outdoors with Jetryder, and admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Village Gallery or Smithfield Shopping Centre. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre, and get some fabulous bargains at DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to With Sugar or Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 5th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Broken Head Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Relax by the water at Turners Beach and Tallow Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lismore (Books and Stuff, Star Court Arcade, & more), Nimbin Craft Galler (in Nimbin) and Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor (in Iluka). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online journey builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Byron Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, Byron Bay is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lismore, Broken Head, Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Nimbin Craft Galler
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach

6
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.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre (in Beaudesert), Relove Oxley (in Brisbane) and The Treat Shop (in Eagle Heights). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, explore the world behind art at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, and explore the galleries of Anthea Polson Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre, The Treat Shop
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Art on Cairncross, stop by Opals Down Under, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ). Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Montville Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, then browse the exhibits of Tina Cooper Gallery, then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nights on Ocean.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Maleny day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Maleny in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Montville, Mooloolaba Beach, Nights on Ocean, Opals Down Under, Tina Cooper Gallery
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
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Opals Down Under ©
Opals Down Under
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Original Eumundi Markets and Artisans Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Real McCaul, take in the exciting artwork at Noosa Regional gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Kawana Shoppingworld, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Noosa tour planner .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Lows Lookout, Mount Cooroy, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step out of the city life by going to Eli Creek and Central Station Rainforest.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. March in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Crescent Head.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Crescent Head

Crescent Head ©
Crescent Head is a beach-side community 440 km north-northeast of Sydney, in Kempsey Shire, New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at The Slim Dusty Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, and then get great views at Crescent Head Lookout.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent Head trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Crescent Head with the Route module. April in Crescent Head sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent Head

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Kempsey
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Slim Dusty Centre ©
The Slim Dusty Centre
Crescent Head Lookout ©
Crescent Head Lookout

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