44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
11
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden and then take in the views from Elizabeth Quay.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth travel itinerary planner .

Valletta, Malta to Perth is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Perth is 7 hours. In July, Perth is much colder than Valletta - with highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hike along Kuniya Walk, then make a trip to Uluru, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday planner .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Perth in July, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Sovereign Hill). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Melbourne hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 20:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get outside with Evans Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Katoomba route maker app .

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Katoomba are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Wilberforce to see The Australiana Pioneer Village about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Australiana Pioneer Village
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and SkyPoint Observation Deck (in Surfers Paradise). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, stroll through Eli Creek, and admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island itinerary planning website .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Green Island.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, Cairns is a bit warmer than Fraser Island - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Paronella Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation driving holiday planning app .

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Photography Tours in Daintree--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas attractions website .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 19th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, then see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation builder site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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