47 days in Australia Itinerary

47 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner

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Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Cowes
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Cowes
— 5 nights
Drive
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
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Train to Sydney, 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, Drive to Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Perth
— 3 nights
Fly

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Cowes

— 5 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, kick back and relax at Kitty Miller Bay, experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Woolamai Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip itinerary maker.

Vienna, Austria to Cowes is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vienna to Cowes, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in January, with highs in Cowes at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Dedicate the 19th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning website.

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, stop by Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, get great views at Echo Point Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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 McKenzie, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

Discover how to plan a Fraser Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Katoomba to Fraser Island by combination of train, flight, ferry, and car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Mooloolaba

— 3 nights
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Go for a jaunt from Mooloolaba to Maleny to see Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour app.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas travel website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore and take pictures at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally go for a walk through Mala Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Port Douglas in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Perth

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

Before you visit Perth, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side 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.