50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Maryborough West, Train to International Airport station, platform 2, Fly to Columbus

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and ATTY Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

Columbus, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Columbus to Sydney due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbus in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Visiting Grand Canyon track and Wentworth Falls Lookout will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum (in Lithgow) and Kurrajong Radio Museum (in Kurrajong). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Bonaventure's Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

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You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

5
nights
Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Victoria and Jewish Holocaust Centre. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven) and Wildlife Coast Cruises (in Cowes). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

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Getting from Katoomba to Melbourne by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Uluru. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 83°F and lows at 51°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Animal Tracks Safari are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, stroll through Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Cape Tribulation

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, then explore the galleries of Daintree Entomological museum, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 19th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach route planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mapleton Observatory and Chenrezig Institute. Get in touch with nature at Smithys Fishing Charters and Buderim Forest Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, head outdoors with FlyWaco, view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Coolum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip maker.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in October since evenings lows in Mooloolaba dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Let the collections at Whistle Stop Rail Museum and Customs House Interpretive Centre capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade. Venture out of the city with trips to Childers (military and memorabilia museum, Old Pharmacy Museum, &more) and Mary Ann Steam Locomotive (in Maryborough). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

5
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Fraser Island

Step out of the city life by going to Central Station Rainforest and Eli Creek.

Plan my day in Fraser Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.