45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Hobart
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Perth
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 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 Brisbane

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Giddy and Grace (in Maleny), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then stroll through Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island journey planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Sydney

— 6 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, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney route builder.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Wentworth Falls Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and hike along Grand Canyon track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, Katoomba is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hobart

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Tasting House - Coal River Valley Wine Tours, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and then gain some tasty knowledge on Drink Tasmania Premium Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip planning website.

Getting from Katoomba to Hobart by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Katoomba in April, with highs in Hobart at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

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 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning app.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Perth

— 5 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.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Top Gun Tours (in West Swan) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in April, with highs in Perth at 31°C and lows at 15°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Field of Light, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site.

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. April in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cairns

— 5 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: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

Plan a Cairns trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen, stroll through Eli Creek, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.