48 days in Australia Itinerary

48 days in Australia Itinerary

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48 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h
1
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
10
Perth
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  12​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg


4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Carrickalinga Beach and Morgan Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Blowhole Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Vineyard Road Cellar Door (in Belvidere), Primo Estate (in McLaren Vale) and Harvest the Fleurieu (in Mount Compass). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, buy something for everyone on your list at The Parade Norwood, do a tasting at Ashton Hills Vineyard, and explore the galleries of Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Adelaide is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. In November in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, Carrickalinga Beach, Primo Estate, Vineyard Road Cellar Door, Ashton Hills Vineyard
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

7
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planning site .

Fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Adelaide in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. Head to The Real McCaul and Hastings Streetfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina) and Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery & Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, get all the information you need at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, and browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Noosa driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Lows Lookout, Kawana Shoppingworld, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip website .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. For shopping fun, head to Tanks Arts Centre or Rusty's Market. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, and look for gifts at Holloways Beach Markets.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Holloways Beach Markets
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation route planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Des Spencer Galleries. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Cumberland Charter Yachts will get you outdoors. On the 6th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach tour planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Head to Fremantle Markets and Illusionary Artfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Warnbro Beach and Mullaloo Beach. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Fremantle (Zinongo Gallery, Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse, & more), Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks) and Secret Harbour Beach (in Secret Harbour). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, browse the fresh offerings at Subi Famers Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Floreat Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Perth, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Perth takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Perth is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Secret Harbour Beach, Floreat Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Mullaloo Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

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