49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

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

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Visit Cowes Beach and Red Rock Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Koala Conservation Centre and The Nobbies Centre. Step out of Cowes to go to Cape Schanck and see Pulpit Rock, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Woolamai Beach, putt your heart out at Grumpys Crazy Golf, take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and stroll through Flynns Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cowes sightseeing tool .

Melbourne to Cowes is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Pulpit Rock, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
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Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Let the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planner.

Drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at The National Pass and Perry's Lookdown. Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Perry's Lookdown, The National Pass
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks Discovery Museum. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, get engrossed in the history at Justice & Police Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island holiday builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 12.5 hours. March in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Village Gallery and Bones and Jones. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns journey maker site .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
You'll explore and learn at Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Thornton Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation sightseeing website .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, and enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Twin Falls. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing and take in the dramatic natural features at Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online travel planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

2
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.
Visiting Uluru and Walkatjara Art will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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