45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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Canberra
— 1 night
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Blackheath
— 4 nights
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Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Hervey Bay Airport, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Auckland

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Canberra

The Bush Capital

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 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. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Canberra road trip planning tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Canberra is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canberra, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time 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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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

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. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

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) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

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Perth

City of Light

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), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then 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, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and finally stroll around Claisebrook Cove.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online day trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Perth hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off 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 · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

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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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online day trip planner.

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours 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) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

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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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. 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). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 28th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach route maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Twin Featherz, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brisbane, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

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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 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island holiday website.

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:

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Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Blackheath: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take some stellar pictures from Elysian Rock Lookout, hike along The National Pass, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Blackheath online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, step aboard Maheno Wreck, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Fraser Island. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Blackheath in February since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.