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.
Get outdoors at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately Werribee away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In January in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Coogee Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Bradleys Head Trail. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Manly Beach.

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Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Merewether Beach and Nobbys Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Scarborough Wine Co and Fighter World. Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Pokolbin (Glandore Estate Wines, Peterson House, &more) and Stomp Wine (in Broke). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and stroll around Blackbutt Reserve.

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Drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Newcastle are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 18th (Wed), 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.
Visit Port Arthur Historic Site and Runnymede House for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Long Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Lime Bay State Reserve in Port Arthur (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, explore the activities along Franklin River Nature Trail, and admire the striking features of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip tool.

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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newcastle in January: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Bungy Australia in Kingston--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and explore the galleries of Newstead House.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in January, with highs in Brisbane at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, see Trail Bike Adventures, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Get some cultural insight at Heysen The Cedars and Murray Street Vineyards. Step out of the city life by going to Carrickalinga Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga) and Rusden Wines (in Tanunda). There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Port Noarlunga Reef, relax in the rural setting at Producers of McLaren Vale, and learn about winemaking at Graham Stevens Wines.

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You can fly from Cairns to McLaren Vale in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns to McLaren Vale, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in McLaren Vale reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island day trip site.

Traveling by flight from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island takes 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from McLaren Vale to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 4 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island online tour itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 13.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in February, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time 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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