45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Melbourne
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Darwin
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Litchfield National Park
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Darwin
— 7 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Cooktown
— 3 nights
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Palm Cove
— 7 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
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Lucinda
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 7 nights
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Wangaratta to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour travel. You can also drive. Traveling from Wangaratta in June, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. On the 24th (Thu), you're off to Darwin.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Darwin

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Berry Springs (Territory Wildlife Park & Crazy Acres). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, cool off at Wave Lagoon, get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Darwin day trip website.

Fly from Melbourne to Darwin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Darwin, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Darwin at 36°C and lows at 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to Wangi Falls Art & Cultural Centre, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then admire the sheer force of Wangi Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Florence Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and then admire the sheer force of Buley Rockhole.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Litchfield National Park trip planner.

You can travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Darwin.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Darwin

— 7 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

Enjoy Darwin some more: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, and don't miss a visit to Nightcliff Jetty.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Darwin online route planner.

Getting from Litchfield National Park to Darwin by bus takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Cairns

— 2 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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Cooktown

— 3 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cooktown travel route planner.

You can travel from Cairns to Cooktown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove

— 7 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Cove: Port Douglas (Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, Sunday Market Port Douglas, &more) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Biked & Beach - Palm Cove, and kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove trip planner.

Fly from Cooktown to Palm Cove in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. See some other sides of Cairns: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, and look for gifts at Bones and Jones.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Cairns takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Mission Beach

— 2 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, stop by The Pocket, then stroll around Paronella Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lucinda.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lucinda

— 2 nights
Lucinda is a coastal town in the state of Queensland, Australia, located at the southern entrance to Hinchinbrook Channel near the town of Ingham. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at TYTO Wetlands and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jourama Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucinda vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Lucinda takes 2 hours. In July in Lucinda, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Lucinda

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Townsville

— 7 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Townsville: Yongala Dive (in Ayr), Alligator Falls Track (in Alligator Creek) and Mount Inkerman Scenic Lookout (in Inkerman). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip builder app.

Getting from Lucinda to Townsville by car takes about 2 hours. July in Townsville sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then look for gifts at Arcadia Store. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk and then see what you can catch with Magnetic Island Time Cruises.

Find out how to plan Magnetic Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Townsville

— 2 nights
See even more of Townsville: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, stop by CoffeeWorks, and view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville travel route planner.

Getting from Magnetic Island to Townsville by ferry takes about an hour. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Melbourne

— 1 night

Australia's Garden City

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne planning website.

Fly from Townsville to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect colder weather when traveling from Townsville in August: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Highlights from your trip

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.