49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
5
Eumundi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
8
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel website .

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

5
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. Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing are good opportunities to explore the local culture. 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 Nourlangie Rock, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Injalak Arts
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
Head to Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
For shopping fun, head to Village Gallery or Rusty's Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Underart Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, get some fabulous bargains at DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Eumundi.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Get some historical perspective at Chenrezig Institute and Sunshine Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Artisans Gallery and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eumundi: Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola), Montville Art Gallery (in Montville) and Art on Cairncross (in Maleny). The adventure continues: stop by The Real McCaul, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, take an in-depth tour of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Eumundi trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Eumundi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Eumundi

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Montville, Coolum Beach, Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Museum of Sydney. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, explore the galleries of Brett Whiteley Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Eumundi to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Museums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 9:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
For shopping fun, head to Lost Bear Gallery or Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Falls Gallery and The National Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley) and Hartley Historic Site (in Hartley). There's still lots to do: browse for treasures at Katoomba Antique Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, and stop by Teddy Sinclair.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Katoomba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Falls Gallery, Megalong Creek Estate
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and National Vietnam Veterans Museum. Shop till you drop at Tyde and Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cowes: Town & Country Gallery (in Yarragon) and Edward Hunter Bush Reserve (in Moe). There's much more to do: browse for treasures at Cowes Bazaar and Gallery, head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Kitty Miller Bay, and join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cowes route app .

Drive from Katoomba to Cowes in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, Cowes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ventnor, Edward Hunter Bush Reserve, Cape Woolamai Beach, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Town & Country Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or The White Room Interiors. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the exhibits of Buxton Contemporary, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip tool .

Drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 25:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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