44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

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Gold Coast
— 6 nights
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Melbourne
— 9 nights
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Adelaide
— 8 nights
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Perth
— 7 nights
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Alice Springs
— 7 nights
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Brisbane
— 6 nights

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Gold Coast

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Byron Bay (Belongil Beach & Cape Byron Walking Track) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, and get up close to creatures of the deep with Sea World Cruises.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder tool.

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 9 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Federation Square and St. Kilda Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Melbourne Town Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Frankston Beach (in Frankston), Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and Brighton Beach (in Brighton). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, examine the collection at Scienceworks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, and wander the streets of Degraves Street.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne attractions planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Gold Coast in December, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Adelaide

— 8 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visit Glenelg Beach and Henley Beach for some beach relaxation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at North Terrace and Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: McLaren Vale (Wine Diva Tours & Wirra Wirra Vineyards), Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek) and Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach). The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at National Motor Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide is minus 0.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Adelaide are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Perth

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at St. Mary's Cathedral and The Perth Mint. Escape the urban bustle at Caversham Wildlife Park and City Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Rockingham (Rockingham Beach & Point Peron) and Fremantle (South Beach Recreation Reserve & WA Maritime Museum). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Aviation Heritage Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, go for a walk through Lotterywest Federation Walkway, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Perth takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1.5 hours. When traveling from Adelaide in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Alice Springs

— 7 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore and learn at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience and Aboriginal Australia Culture Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, get outside with Simpsons Gap, appreciate the extensive heritage of Journey the dreaming, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Brisbane

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Maritime Museum. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at State Library Of Queensland, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning app.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs to Brisbane, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Alice Springs in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.