46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
11
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: London

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, and explore the galleries of Bones and Jones.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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 Myall Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 17th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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 Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lord Howe Island Museum. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip builder .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 12.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
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.
Visit The Rocks and Museum of Sydney for their historical value. Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Albion Park Rail to see Historical Aircraft Restoration Society about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip website .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Get outdoors at The National Pass and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 7th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online holiday planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Perry's Lookdown, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Canberra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Sovereign Hill and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Royal Historical Society of Victoria, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 Uluru and Walkatjara Art. Get in touch with nature at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: get outside with Walpa Gorge, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 23:
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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