42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+5
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  11 h 15 min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 45 min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Bus + Train + Foot + Ferry:  8 h 15 min
9
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Attractions like BLAST Aqua Park Coolum and Mooloolaba Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get your game on at SunJet Simulations, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cool off at Thrill Hill Waterslide, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mooloolaba sightseeing planning tool .

Brisbane to Mooloolaba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aqua Park Bli Bli, Australia Zoo, Aqua Fun Park, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, Thrill Hill Waterslide
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Family-friendly places like Eli Creek and Indian Head will thrill your kids.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in February, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Wake park. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Attractions like Myall Beach and Thornton Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Photography Tours (in Daintree), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Cow Bay Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Wonga Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, go for a walk through Yurmikmik Walks, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, and explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

To see more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then don't miss a visit to Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get outside with Walpa Gorge, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In February, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Family-friendly places like Kitty Miller Bay and A Maze'N Things will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cowes Beach, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, stroll through Red Rock Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cowes day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and ferry from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cowes takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect Cowes to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Newhaven, YCW Beach, The Nobbies Centre, Kitty Miller Bay
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning site .

Getting from Cowes to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

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