47 days in Australia Itinerary

47 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner
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Canberra
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Sydney
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Blue Mountains National Park
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Sydney
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Byron Bay
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
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River Heads
— 1 night
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Whitsunday Island
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Whitsunday Island
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Airlie Beach
— 7 nights
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Townsville
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Cairns
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Canberra — 2 nights

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 20th (Tue): make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canberra journey builder app.

Melbourne to Canberra is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Sydney.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Sydney — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Blue Mountains National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Blue Mountains National Park — 3 nights

Step out of Blue Mountains National Park to go to Bilpin and see Bilpin Cider Company, which is approximately 30 minutes away.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Blue Mountains National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Sydney — 3 nights

See some other sides of Sydney: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, buy something for everyone on your list at Queen Victoria Building, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Byron Bay.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Byron Bay — 3 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Step out of Byron Bay to go to Murwillumbah and see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Byron Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Gold Coast — 3 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Brisbane — 4 nights

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: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), Seaview Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Rainbow Beach — 1 night

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 14th (Sat), get outside with Wolf Rock Dive Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach day trip planning app.

You can fly from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to River Heads.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

River Heads — 1 night

On the 16th (Mon), stroll around Dunethin Rock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the River Heads day trip tool.

Drive from Rainbow Beach to River Heads in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.
Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
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Fraser Island — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and then head off the coast to Waddy Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fraser Island trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from River Heads to Fraser Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Whitsunday Island — 3 nights

Whitsunday Island is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 22nd (Sun).
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Airlie Beach — 7 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Mackay Aqua Park (in Mackay) and Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Go-Kart Racing Track, &more). Spend the 23rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, cool off at Airlie Aqua Park, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach day trip planning website.

Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Townsville.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:

Townsville — 1 night

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 30th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

Plan trip to Townsville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Cairns — 4 nights

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: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:

Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Fraser Coast travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Bodies of Water · Biking Trails
A thickly vegetated region of creeks, beaches, and pastureland, Fraser Coast sits just 250 km (160 mi) north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The region encompasses the cities of Maryborough and Hervey Bay as well as Fraser Island. This spectacularly beautiful, heritage-listed island features rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, swamps, and dunes.