40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
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Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne, Ferry to Cowes
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Cowes
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning site.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Fraser Island

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

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Sydney

— 5 nights

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in February, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 5 nights
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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, get great views at The Three Sisters, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Katoomba holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Katoomba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Cowes

— 4 nights
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: get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, get outside with The Nobbies, tour the pleasant surroundings at YCW Beach, and find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things.

Plan my day in Cowes using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Katoomba to Cowes in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cowes, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 5 nights

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.
Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne route maker 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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the activities along Swan River and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Perth tour planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.