48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
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Train to Sydney, Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport, Drive to Sorrento
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Sorrento
— 2 nights
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Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive to Melbourne International Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Curtin Springs in Alice Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, go for a walk through Field of Light, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday maker website.

Manchester, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 9.5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 4 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 25th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Sydney

— 5 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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi Beach, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

Plan my day in Sydney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Melbourne to Sydney in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond). The adventure continues: make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, get great views at Echo Point Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katoomba, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to K'gari, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and see Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island route builder.

Do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and car from Katoomba to Fraser Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect Fraser Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, stop by Peticular, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa online holiday planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planning site.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrights Lookout, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk, then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

Start your trip to Cape Tribulation by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sorrento

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Arthurs Seat Eagle and then learn the secrets of beer at MP Designated Drivers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with WaterMaarq, take in nature's colorful creations at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, relax in the rural setting at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, then explore and take pictures at Heronswood, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Anglican Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sorrento trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Douglas to Sorrento. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: high temperatures in Sorrento hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowes

— 3 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a short side trip with Wildlife Coast Cruises, identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, and get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cowes trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Cowes takes 2 hours. July in Cowes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.