43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip maker

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Hobart
— 5 nights
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra), Kuranda Rainforest Journeys (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Skypark by AJ Hackett Cairns, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and cool off at Cairns Wake park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cairns is 16 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Cairns at 89°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay), Cape Tribulation (Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm & Cape Trib Farm) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Horses in Port, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read 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. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Darwin

— 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 4th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Breakout NT. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at The Book Shop Darwin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and then see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin road trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Melbourne

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in February, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 81°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hobart

— 5 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Pressing Matters (in Richmond), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Tassie Bound (in New Norfolk). On the 16th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, settle in for a delightful tour with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages, admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hobart route builder app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 2 nights
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at Oyster Bay Tours, stop by Melshell Oyster Shack, then add some adventure to your tour with Freycinet Aqua Taxi, then see All4Adventure, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Launceston

— 2 nights

The Heart of Tasmania

Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): learn about winemaking at The Pinot Shop, then whizz through the canopy at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, and then learn the secrets of beer at Prestige Tours Tasmania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Launceston

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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 some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout, make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout, and learn the secrets of beer at TCP Day Tours.

Make your Katoomba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Launceston to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In February, Katoomba is a bit warmer than Launceston - with highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning app.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Pack the 6th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms, get in on the family fun at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and zoom along the surf with Jetpack Flyboard Adventures.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Wildlife Areas · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.