43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
5
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
10
Cowes
— 3 nights
11
Melbourne
— 3 nights
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
13
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Relax by the water at Wonga Beach and Four Mile Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, get outside with Horses in Port, and explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip planner.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get in touch with nature at Cow Bay Beach and Thornton Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Daintree to see Photography Tours about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Cairns

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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, see Off-Road Tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 5th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenzoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, thenrace across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, thenlook for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Visit Maroochydore Beach and Marcoola Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Gardners Falls (in Maleny) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, stop by Podie Pie, explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, and identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba route maker website.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mooloolaba when traveling from Airlie Beach in February, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Maroochydore Beach, Marcoola Beach, Mount Ninderry, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, thenkick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, thensee the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 13 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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 Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Katoomba Cascades (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Katoomba Cascades, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Lake Burley Griffin. Step out of Canberra to go to Wee Jasper and see Wee Jasper Reserves, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, sample the fine beverages at Underground Spirits, take in the dramatic natural features at National Rock Garden, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

Plan trip to Canberra with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Canberra dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Wee Jasper Reserves
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Wee Jasper Reserves ©
Wee Jasper Reserves
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©
Australian National Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Get outdoors at Koala Conservation Centre and YCW Beach. Relax by the water at Kitty Miller Bay and Ventnor Beach. Step out of Cowes to go to Grantville and see Maru Koala and Animal Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, and step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Cowes takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Ventnor, Summerlands, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Maru Koala and Animal Park
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Step out of the city life by going to The Great Ocean Road and Trin Warren Tam-boore. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Melbourne, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St Kilda, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, thentake in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, thenget engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Nourlangie Rock and Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, don't miss a visit to Ubirr, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and trek along Bardedjilidji Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) using our trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge

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