48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuta, Bali
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuta, Bali

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Yellow Water. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Motor Car Falls. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker website .

Kuta, Indonesia to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuta to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

2
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge. Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, don't miss a visit to Uluru, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. November in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, stop by Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, admire the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary, and browse the different shops at Galleria Shopping Plaza.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lost Bear Gallery and Leura Mall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National Pass and Katoomba Antique Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). On the 9th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, and stop by Teddy Sinclair.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Katoomba to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Leura, Perry's Lookdown, Falls Gallery, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

6
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney planning app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Visiting Ned's Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island travel route builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Noosa National Park and Kings Beach. Do your shopping at The Original Eumundi Markets and Kawana Shoppingworld. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: stop by Berkelouw Book Barn, browse the exhibits of Artisans Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Kawana Shoppingworld, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip builder .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online tour builder .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Escape the urban bustle at Thornton Beach and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Relax by the water at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 44 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Village Gallery in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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