43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Milwaukee


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7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crown Casino, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and other attractions you added. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, make a trip to Block Arcade, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Milwaukee, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Melbourne. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Milwaukee in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) ©
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuranda Scenic Railway. Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Tours, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, stop by With Sugar, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

Plan trip to Port Douglas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 7th (Fri), head outdoors with Jetryder and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

Discover how to plan a Hamilton Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in February, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning tool .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

4
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.
When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hobart tour planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in February, with highs in Hobart at 72°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Kingston Beach, Bellerive Beach
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Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

3
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Go for a jaunt from Coles Bay to Swansea to see Melshell Oysters about 46 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's still lots to do: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

Start your trip to Coles Bay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

10
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Mountains, Circular Quay and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning tool .

Getting from Coles Bay to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. February in Sydney sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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