42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Cowes
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Paddletrek Kayak Adventures, then kick your exploration up a notch at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Paddletrek Kayak Adventures ©
Paddletrek Kayak Adventures
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours ©
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

4
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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.
Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat & Deep Yoga Studio, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, then add some adventure to your tour with Kayak Noosa, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Aqua Fun Park, then make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kayak Noosa ©
Kayak Noosa
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum ©
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's lots more to do: get active on the water at Jetpack Flyboard Adventures, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online tour builder.

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Padlockd Escape Rooms ©
Padlockd Escape Rooms
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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Sydney

Sydney ©

The Harbour City

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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, hike along Charles Darwin walk, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Nobbies Centre, kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, and add some adventure to your tour with Pioneer Kayaking- Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip builder.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Katoomba to Cowes takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Katoomba in January, with highs in Cowes at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Helicopters ©
Phillip Island Helicopters
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rap Jumping ©
Rap Jumping
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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