46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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Darwin
— 6 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 10 nights
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Sydney
— 8 nights
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Darwin — 6 nights

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Defence of Darwin Experience. Mbantua Fine Art Gallery (Darwin) and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, tee off at Darwin Golf Club, steep yourself in history at Star Village, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary maker site.

Chicago, USA to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Darwin is 15.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get much hotter in Darwin: highs are around 92°F and lows about 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Attractions like Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Kuniya Walk make great kid-friendly stops. When in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, make a side trip to see Curtin Springs in Alice Springs, approximately Alice Springs away. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Darwin in November, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Cairns.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

Cairns — 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (87°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 18:

Airlie Beach — 5 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseshoe Bay. Get outdoors at Catseye Beach and Turtle Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough) and Hamilton Island Golf Club (in Hamilton Island). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of Whitsunday Crocodile Safari, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Gold Coast.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Gold Coast — 10 nights

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.
Visit Fingal Head Lighthouse and Newstead House for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Kurrawa Beach and Kirra Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Wategos Beach), Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre (in Daisy Hill) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Burleigh Head National Park. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, gear up at Qld Luxury Car Rentals, take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online journey planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Gold Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 23 — Dec 3:

Sydney — 8 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Anzac Memorial. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bondi to Coogee Walk. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 11:

Melbourne — 4 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Old Treasury Building. Escape the urban bustle at Brighton Beach and St Kilda Pier. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, and admire the masterpieces at ArtVo.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.