43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas — 5 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 Marrdja Botanical Walk in Cape Tribulation, about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online journey planner.

Chicago, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Port Douglas is 16 hours. In November, Port Douglas is warmer than Chicago - with highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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Cairns — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Mala Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 96°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 6 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 18th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 4 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for sightseeing, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, stroll through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and trek along Fortress Rock.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 82°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.
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Sydney — 6 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and visit Darling Harbour.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Katoomba in November: highs in Sydney hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island — 3 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Noosa.
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Noosa — 4 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach) and Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden (in Tanawha). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at The Noosa Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and stroll through Peregian Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Noosa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 4 nights

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary app.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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