40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Wollongong
— 4 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Perisher Valley
— 1 night
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Albury
— 2 nights
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Echuca
— 1 night
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Bendigo
— 1 night
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Ballarat
— 2 nights
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Geelong
— 3 nights
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Townsville
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Coolangatta
— 3 nights
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Main Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gladstone
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
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Sydney — 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through Manly Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wollongong.
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Wollongong — 4 nights

Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Get outdoors at Hyams Beach and Werri Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blenheim Beach and Murrays Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wollongong: Greenfield Beach (in Vincentia) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Cove Belmore Basin.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wollongong trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Wollongong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Wollongong, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Canberra.
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Canberra — 3 nights

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Old Parliament House and National Museum of Australia. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and stop by Trove Canberra.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Canberra holiday planning app.

Getting from Wollongong to Canberra by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wollongong in November, with highs in Canberra at 28°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Perisher Valley.
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Perisher Valley — 1 night

Perisher Valley, commonly called Perisher, is a valley formed below Mount Perisher, a mountain that is located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.Located in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council, the valley is the site of one of four resort bases of the Perisher Ski Resort, which also comprises Guthega, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Church, take in the waterfront at Snow Gums Boardwalk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kosciuszko National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Perisher Valley route maker app.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Perisher Valley takes 3 hours. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect nights in Perisher Valley to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Albury.
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Albury — 2 nights

Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. On the 13th (Sun), do a tasting at Pfeiffer Wines and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Sluga Gallery and then stop by Beechworth Honey.

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You can drive from Perisher Valley to Albury in 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perisher Valley in November: high temperatures in Albury hover around 31°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Echuca.
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Echuca — 1 night

Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): engage your brain at TwistED Science, go for a stroll along the water at Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Echuca Historical Society Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Echuca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albury to Echuca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bendigo.
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Bendigo — 1 night

The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Post Office Gallery (Bendigo Art Gallery), then brush up on your military savvy at The Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bendigo Joss House Temple, and finally explore the activities along Lake Weeroona.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bendigo route planner.

Traveling by car from Echuca to Bendigo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ballarat.
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Ballarat — 2 nights

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 17th (Thu), look for gifts at Chocolate Mill, then do a tasting at Passing Clouds Winery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill and then stop by Portal 108.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ballarat trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bendigo to Ballarat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Geelong.
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Geelong — 3 nights

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Buckley Falls. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Anglesea Surf Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Fisherman's Beach, and then stroll through Bells Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geelong travel route planner.

You can drive from Ballarat to Geelong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Geelong can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Townsville.
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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Townsville road trip planning site.

Fly from Geelong to Townsville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Geelong in November, expect nights in Townsville to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Cove Beach and Michaelmas Cay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Art Gallery. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planning website.

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Coolangatta.
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Coolangatta — 3 nights

A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
Shop till you drop at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore Coolangatta's surroundings by going to Lennox Head (Pat Morton Lookout & Lake Ainsworth). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach and enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Coolangatta itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Cairns to Coolangatta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in November, things will get slightly colder in Coolangatta: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Main Beach.
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Main Beach — 1 night

Lined with nonindigenous pines, Main Beach is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Kurrawa Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Boomerang Art - Aboriginal & Contemporary Fine Art.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Main Beach using our trip planner.

Drive from Coolangatta to Main Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. In November, daytime highs in Main Beach are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Albert Street Uniting Church, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then stop by West End. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and then steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail).

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Drive from Main Beach to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. In November, daytime highs in Brisbane are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Gladstone.
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Gladstone — 1 night

Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gladstone trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gladstone takes 6 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gladstone, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. You'll set off for Port Macquarie on the 2nd (Fri).
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Port Macquarie — 5 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get some historical perspective at Tacking Point Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church. Let the collections at The Slim Dusty Centre and The Gloucester Gallery capture your imagination. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head), Vasnas Designs (in Wauchope) and North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton). There's much more to do: stroll through Coastal walk, stop by Delinquent Funk, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Port Macquarie takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in December, expect Port Macquarie to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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