40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Rainbow Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
11
Coober Pedy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Adelaide
— Few hours
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 15​min
14
Beerwah
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Auckland

2
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, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

Vienna, Austria to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in January, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations 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 more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane journey tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Venture out of the city with trips to Maheno Wreck (in Fraser Island), Barnacles Dolphin Centre (in Tin Can Bay) and Gympie (Gympie Regional Gallery, Woodworks Museum & Interpretive Centre, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gympie, Maheno Wreck, Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stop by Le Petit Chocolatier, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then cool off at WetSide Water Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay road trip planner .

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Le Petit Chocolatier ©
Le Petit Chocolatier

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Hamilton Island (Passage Peak, Jetryder, & more). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

You can plan Airlie Beach trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Airlie Beach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Katoomba in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

6
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 Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step out of Darwin to go to Batchelor and see Litchfield National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Darwin online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Highlights from your plan
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Alice Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in February, expect nights in Alice Springs to be little chillier, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. You'll set off for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Outdoors Parks

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Alice Springs

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours

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nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, see the interesting displays at Old Timers Mine, then examine the collection at Faye's Underground Home, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Tom's Working Opal Mine, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Breakaways Conservation Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coober Pedy day trip website .

You can drive from Alice Springs to Coober Pedy in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Coober Pedy are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Tom's Working Opal Mine ©
Tom's Working Opal Mine

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip tool .

You can fly from Coober Pedy to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Coober Pedy in February, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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hours
Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll set off for Beerwah on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Outdoors Parks

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nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Australia Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Explore Beerwah's surroundings by going to Podie Pie (in Nambour), The Original Eumundi Markets (in Eumundi) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, and admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beerwah road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Adelaide to Beerwah takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Beerwah when traveling from Adelaide in February, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Maleny, Mooloolaba, Podie Pie, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, The Original Eumundi Markets
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

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