48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Leura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
13
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Mumbai

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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Douglas, use our trip itinerary maker.

Mumbai, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to 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 Dec 25 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 31st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, MaisyMoo, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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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, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner .

You can 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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 11th (Sat), stroll through Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 12.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

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You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Step out of Leura to go to Bilpin and see Bilpin Cider Company, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Leura sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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 22nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Canberra day trip app .

You can drive from Leura to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Leura in January, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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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
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Three Capes Track in Port Arthur, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip site .

Fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Three Capes Track, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take a memorable tour with Tours, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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 and take pictures at Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 3rd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Perth travel planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. In February, Perth is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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