45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
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Arcadia
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Airlie Beach
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Brisbane
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Rainbow Beach
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Fraser Island
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Cairns

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (With Sugar, Safaris, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. In January, Cairns is much warmer than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arcadia

— 1 night
On the 31st (Fri), explore the activities along Arthur Bay, admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Arcadia trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Arcadia. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Arcadia

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Airlie Beach

— 3 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.
Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Passage Peak, &more). Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arcadia to Airlie Beach. February in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Moffat Beach (in Caloundra) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip website.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from Byron Bay to Ballina to see Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Step out of Gold Coast to go to Kingscliff and see Watersports Guru, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, make a splash at Dreamworld, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast visit website.

Drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Thrill Hill Waterslide (in Woombye) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Noosa road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Rainbow Beach

— 2 nights
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Carlo Point Marina, explore the activities along Poona Lake, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach route website.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Hervey Bay

— 3 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company & Bundaberg Rum Distillery), Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits (in Childers) and Whistle Stop Rail Museum (in Maryborough). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, and get engrossed in the history at Wide Bay Hospitals Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 5 hours. February in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 8 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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls Lookout in Wentworth Falls--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stop by The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning site.

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hervey Bay in February, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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.

Magnetic Island travel guide

4.2
Islands · Fishing Charters & Tours · Waterskiing & Jetskiing