42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Melbourne

— 5 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. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning tool.

Leeds, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. While traveling from Leeds, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Sydney

— 6 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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, stop by The Rocks, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning website.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Katoomba in November; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Yellow Water Cruises, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and explore the activities along Lake Jabiru.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns is 0.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation vacation planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.