43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackay, Fly to Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 6 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 28.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9.5 hours traveling from London to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the 26th (Mon).
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Port Douglas.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Port Douglas — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Cape Tribulation — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, trot along with a tour on horseback, then browse the exhibits of Daintree Entomological museum, and finally take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planning site.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then take a tour of Whitsunday Passage. On your second day here, race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Hervey Bay — 2 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 11th (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa. On your second day here, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, take in the waterfront at The Pier, and then grab your bike and head to Esplanade.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in October since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Fraser Island — 4 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to K'gari, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fraser Island Day Spa, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
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Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Brisbane — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): walk around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lord Howe Island.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Lord Howe Island — 2 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Old Settlement Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island driving holiday tool.

Getting from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Sydney — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney route maker.

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 October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:

Melbourne — 4 nights

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.
Dedicate the 26th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Perth.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Perth — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Perth online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Australia travel guide

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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.
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