49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Blackheath
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Blackheath
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Melbourne
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Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive to Melbourne International Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport

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Cairns

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns route maker site.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Entomological museum, take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online day trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Blackheath

— 6 nights
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blackheath: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, get great views at Govetts Leap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Blackheath travel route builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Douglas to Blackheath. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, expect nights in Blackheath to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online journey planner.

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blackheath in June since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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 28th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 30th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 7 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Animal Tracks Safari, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and trek along Bardedjilidji Walk.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Torquay

— 2 nights
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah), Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Lorne (Erskine Falls & The Splitters Grave). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Bells Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Surfing Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Torquay route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Torquay in 15 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Torquay. In July in Torquay, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Cowes

— 3 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: take a tour by water with Wildlife Coast Cruises, head off the coast to Churchill Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, and get engrossed in the history at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

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

Traveling by car from Torquay to Cowes takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.