45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Blackheath
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
12
Fraser Island
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then have some family-friendly fun at Breakr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then get curious at Questacon.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Canberra is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Canberra, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Canberra to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Windsor Siding, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, then have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and finally stroll around Claisebrook Cove.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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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: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, stroll through Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

Plan a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 28th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

Make your Airlie Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island travel route builder .

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Get out of town with these interesting Blackheath side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at Govetts Leap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Blackheath online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blackheath takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Blackheath are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Jenolan Caves, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

6
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, make a trip to K'gari, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Fraser Island. Traveling from Blackheath in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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