43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
10
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
13
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: London

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by With Sugar, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning site .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Port Douglas to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Daintree Entomological museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, get interesting insight from Tours, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning site .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can 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:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach, then look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Marcoola Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Point Cartwright. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mooloolaba: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Gardners Falls). The adventure continues: walk around Mount Coolum, take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, and stop by Podie Pie.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mooloolaba, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Waddy Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Lord Howe Island on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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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, then stroll through Ned's Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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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.
Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Katoomba Cascades (in Katoomba) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba Cascades, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal 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 Australian National Botanic Gardens. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Wee Jasper Reserves in Wee Jasper--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the striking landscape at National Rock Garden, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get curious at Questacon.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cowes.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
We've included these beaches for you: Kitty Miller Bay and YCW Beach. Visiting Koala Conservation Centre and Phillip Island Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cowes to Grantville to see Maru Koala and Animal Park about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cowes Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Flynns Beach, identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, and learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes holiday app .

You can drive from Canberra to Cowes in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Ventnor, Summerlands, YCW Beach, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
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.
Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Trin Warren Tam-boore will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip app .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to 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

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge and Anbangbang Rock Shelter. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time 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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