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
Drive
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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.
Visiting St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and browse the different shops at Melbourne Central.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Coogee Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scarborough Wine Co and Christ Church Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Merewether Beach and Blackbutt Reserve. Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to Stomp Wine (in Broke) and Pokolbin (Glandore Estate Wines, Peterson House, &more). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, see the interesting displays at Fighter World, and kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hobart.
Parks · Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Port Arthur Historic Site and Runnymede House. Visit Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary Historic Site for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Lime Bay State Reserve (in Port Arthur). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), tour the pleasant surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Hobart online tour itinerary planner.

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 January, Hobart is little chillier than Newcastle - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Brisbane.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Bungy Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

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Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Take a break from the city and head to Carrickalinga Beach and Waitpinga Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Cedars and Graham Stevens Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around McLaren Vale: Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock), Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot) and Rusden Wines (in Tanunda). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Port Noarlunga Reef and relax in the rural setting at Producers of McLaren Vale.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the McLaren Vale day trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to McLaren Vale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in February, expect McLaren Vale to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 62°F. On the 7th (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.
Get outdoors at Marine Adventures and Ned's Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, and hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner.

Fly from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Fraser Island on the 11th (Sat).
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Fraser Island — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Champagne Pools.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island. In February, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (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.