42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
2
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Brisbane
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
9
Toowoomba
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Sydney

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & The National Pass). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Manly Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Canberra to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 5:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Hobart

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Raptor Refuge (in Kettering) and Port Arthur (Cape Raoul & Port Arthur Historic Site). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip builder app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Museum of Old and New Art, Raptor Refuge
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda), The Cedars (in Hahndorf) and Greenock (Kalleske Wines & Murray Street Vineyards). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Fox Creek Wines, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide road trip website .

Fly from Hobart to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Adelaide, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hahndorf, McLaren Vale, Greenock, Langmeil Winery, Kingpin Bowling
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth online route planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Adelaide to Perth due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

4
nights
Darwin

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.
Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 19th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, view the masterpieces at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres, see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darwin tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Darwin. In September, Darwin is much hotter than Perth - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations), Maleny (Gerrards Lookout & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World) and SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning website .

Fly from Darwin to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to First Coat Outdoor Gallery, then walk around Queens Park, then look for gifts at Jim's Jerky on Hume, and finally get your game on at Garden City Lanes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Toowoomba trip planner .

Take a bus from Brisbane to Toowoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Toowoomba, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Parks Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Jim's Jerky on Hume ©
Jim's Jerky on Hume

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