43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Blackheath
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 12 nights
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Cairns

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Mossman Saturday Market (in Mossman) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Port Douglas Court House Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Paphos, Cyprus to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Paphos to Cairns, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paphos in December, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Bowen Historical Society and Museum, Grays Bay, &more) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). 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 go for a stroll along the water at Coral Sea Marina.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Island

— 4 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and get your game on at Sports Club.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In December in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Get out of town with these interesting Hervey Bay side-trips: Maryborough (Lenthalls Dam, Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, take in the waterfront at The Pier, and let the kids burn off some steam at Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip maker site.

Fly from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Hervey Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, head off the coast to Waddy Point, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip builder website.

Drive from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Blackheath

— 3 nights
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Go for a jaunt from Blackheath to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Blackheath holiday planner.

You can drive from Fraser Island to Blackheath in 16.5 hours. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Blackheath, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 12 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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner.

Drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Fraser Coast travel guide

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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.

New South Wales travel guide

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Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.