53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  30 h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 15 min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
8
Blackheath
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Zurich

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zurich to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation day trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

5
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, Brisbane is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, MaisyMoo
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In July in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

4
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Blackheath: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at Govetts Leap, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Blackheath online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Traveling from Fraser Island in July, expect Blackheath to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in July, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online trip maker .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Melbourne at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne 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.
Step out of Perth to go to Fremantle and see Fremantle Prison, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Perth trip maker tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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