46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blackheath
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Attractions like Jenolan Caves and Trees Adventure Grose River Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Blackheath side-trips: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, trek along Grand Canyon track, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and make a trip to Day FIne Art.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Blackheath day trip website .

Getting from Sydney to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Blackheath dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, Bilpin Cider Company, Grand Canyon track
Highlights from your plan
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Trees Adventure Grose River Park ©
Trees Adventure Grose River Park
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Australia Zoo and Sea Life Sunshine Coast. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, and get in on the family fun at Aussie World.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba travel planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aussie World, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Australia Zoo, Marcoola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Aussie World ©
Aussie World

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Change things up with a short trip to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (about 1h 10 min away). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Dreamworld and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip tool .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

South Bank Parklands
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Horseback Riding Tours. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stop by With Sugar.

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

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in October; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's much more to do: stroll through Myall Beach, stop by Daintree Entomological museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation road trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey site .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Melbourne are colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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