45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 7 nights
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Newcastle
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly
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McLaren Vale
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 4 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
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Melbourne

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Melbourne — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Sydney — 7 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.
Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Newcastle.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Newcastle — 4 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Visiting Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Scarborough Wine Co and Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. Venture out of the city with trips to Pokolbin (Glandore Estate Wines, Peterson House, &more) and Stomp Wine (in Broke). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, let little ones run wild at Blackbutt Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and examine the collection at Fighter World.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hobart.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries
Side Trips

Hobart — 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Port Arthur Historic Site and Lady Franklin Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Franklin River Nature Trail. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Lime Bay State Reserve in Port Arthur, approximately Port Arthur away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, steep yourself in history at Runnymede House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, and stroll through Long Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Hobart takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, Hobart is slightly colder than Newcastle - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Brisbane.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Brisbane — 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Newstead House. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Bungy Australia. The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning site.

You can fly from Hobart to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in April: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Cairns.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Cairns — 5 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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planning tool.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 85°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to McLaren Vale.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

McLaren Vale — 4 nights

McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Murray Street Vineyards and Graham Stevens Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Carrickalinga Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from McLaren Vale: Rusden Wines (in Tanunda), The Cedars (in Hahndorf) and Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga). The adventure continues: stroll through Port Noarlunga Reef and experience rural life at Producers of McLaren Vale.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the McLaren Vale trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cairns to McLaren Vale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to McLaren Vale due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in McLaren Vale reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lord Howe Island.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries
Side Trips

Lord Howe Island — 4 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Ned's Beach and Mt Gower. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a tour by water with Marine Adventures, and trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island driving holiday planner.

Getting from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island. You will leave for Fraser Island on the 13th (Sat).
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Fraser Island — 4 nights

Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and K'gari.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island vacation builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 13.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.