45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner
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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 National Gallery of Victoria. 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 wander the streets of 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.
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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 The Rocks. 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, 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.
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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 Stomp Wine. Take a break from the city and head to Merewether Beach and Blackbutt Reserve. Explore Newcastle's surroundings by going to Pokolbin (Glandore Estate Wines, Peterson House, &more). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Fighter World.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Newcastle travel route planning app.

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hobart.
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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 St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 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). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), stroll through Franklin River Nature Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart tour site.

You can fly from Newcastle to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newcastle in January, with highs in Hobart at 73°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Brisbane.
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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 The Brisbane River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Bungy Australia in Kingston--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, stroll through Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hobart to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cairns.
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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 Trail Bike Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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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.
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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 Port Noarlunga Reef. Get a sense of the local culture at The Cedars and Rusden Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around McLaren Vale: Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga), Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot) and Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Graham Stevens Wines and relax in the rural setting at Producers of McLaren Vale.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the McLaren Vale planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to McLaren Vale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to McLaren Vale. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in McLaren Vale hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lord Howe Island.
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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 Lagoon Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ned's 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).
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Fraser Island — 4 nights

Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

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You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 13.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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