48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  29​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Flinders Ranges National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Calgary

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Florence Falls and Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Buley Rockhole and Safaris. There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get lost in a book at Northern Territory Library, take in the natural beauty of Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip builder website .

Calgary, Canada to Darwin is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in September; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Photography Tours
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get outdoors at Anbangbang Billabong and Yellow Water. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cahills Crossing and Twin Falls. When in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), make a side trip to see Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing planner .

Getting from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Myall Beach and Great Northern Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Trib Farm and Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Daintree (Tranquility Falls, Daintree Tea, & more), Finch Bay (in Cooktown) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Cow Bay Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online trip maker .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree, Cooktown, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in October, with highs in Brisbane at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Moffat Beach, Settlement Cove
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nan Tien Temple. Step out of the city life by going to The Giant Stairway and Palm Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock & Pulpit Rock Lookout). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kiama Harbour, identify plant and animal life at Logan Brae Orchard, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Terrigal Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Panorama Garden Estate and Rye Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Briars Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Geelong Adventure Specialists (in Geelong) and Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Briars Park, Geelong Adventure Specialists, Scuba & Snorkeling, Panorama Garden Estate, Rye Beach
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Garden Estate ©
Panorama Garden Estate
Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
Pulpit Rock ©
Pulpit Rock

5
nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Little Waterloo Bay and Picnic Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Prom Walk and Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Southern Rail Trail (in Leongatha), Cape Paterson (Cape Paterson Bay Beach & Bunurong Marine National Park) and Pearl Park (in Foster). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Sealers Cove, trek along Grand Ridge Rail Trail, kick back and relax at Darby Beach, and stop by Treat Time.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve, Pearl Park, Grand Ridge Rail Trail
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Great Southern Rail Trail ©
Great Southern Rail Trail
Bunurong Marine National Park ©
Bunurong Marine National Park
Grand Ridge Rail Trail ©
Grand Ridge Rail Trail

7
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.
Visiting Gorge Wildlife Park and Monarto Zoo will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Riesling Trail and Glenelg Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: National Motor Museum (in Birdwood), Tanunda (Rockford Winery & Chateau Tanunda) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at River Torrens Linear Park Trail, learn about winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars, pause for some photo ops at The Rundle Mall Pigs, and get a taste of the local shopping with North Terrace.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Adelaide. In October in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Flinders Ranges National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Clare, Henley Beach, Tanunda, Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail

5
nights
Flinders Ranges National Park

Flinders Ranges National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wilpena Pound and Heritage Blinman Mine. Take a break from the city and head to Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge Geological Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilpena (Bridle Gap & Wangara Lookout), Warraweena Conservation Park (in Beltana) and Aroona Dam Sanctuary (in Leigh Creek).

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Flinders Ranges National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Flinders Ranges National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Flinders Ranges National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hawker, Wilpena, Aroona Dam Sanctuary, Warraweena Conservation Park
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bunyeroo Gorge ©
Bunyeroo Gorge
Wilpena Pound ©
Wilpena Pound
Aroona Dam Sanctuary ©
Aroona Dam Sanctuary

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