40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  20​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ventnor
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  24​h
End: Seattle

5
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 explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from Seattle in February, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Get outdoors at Ned's Beach and Mt Gower. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Step out of the city life by going to The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the galleries of Old Treasury Building, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 6 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ventnor.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

4
nights
Ventnor

Ventnor ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Get in touch with nature at Kitty Miller Bay and Koala Conservation Centre.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ventnor attractions planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Ventnor in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ventnor are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newhaven, Cowes, Phillip Island, Summerlands, YCW Beach
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Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Ventnor to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Ventnor in February, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Popular historic sites such as Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Mamukala Wetlands. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Appreciate the collections at Daintree Entomological museum and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get outside with Horses in Port, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Underart Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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