40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  22​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Blackheath
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  11​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  26​h
End: Brussels

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perth journey planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Perth is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Perth is 7 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in April: highs in Perth hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra tour builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Melbourne in April since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blackheath: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at Echo Point Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Blackheath trip builder .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Blackheath takes 4 hours. Traveling from Canberra in April, things will get a bit warmer in Blackheath: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online holiday planner .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

MaisyMoo, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and stroll through Indian Head.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island visit planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Waddy Point ©
Waddy Point
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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 out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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