42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Maroochydore
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Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns attractions planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip website.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 5 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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 7 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an exotic tour of Animal Tracks Safari, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and hike along Bardedjilidji Walk.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday maker.

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and go for a walk through Mala Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Sydney

— 4 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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, hike along The Giant Stairway, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Katoomba online route builder.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Montville (Montville Art Gallery & Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith), Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton) and Art on Cairncross (in Maleny). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, brush up on your military savvy at Noosa Museum, get great views at Laguna Lookout, and stroll through Mount Cooroora.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Noosa vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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.