42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Beijing, China to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Sydney is 2 hours. Traveling from Beijing in July, things will get cooler in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Lookout, take some stellar pictures from Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, and hike along Grand Canyon track.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Katoomba road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Katoomba, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 5th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the activities along Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Perth route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Perth in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are slightly colder (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ubirr, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

3
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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Four Mile Beach, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Grassy Hill (in Cooktown), Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation road trip site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Grassy Hill, Black Mountain National Park, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take some stellar pictures from Earl Hill, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in August; daily highs in Fraser Island reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
On the 30th (Fri), walk around Roma Street Parkland and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 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 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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