55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Cowes
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 6 nights
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an unforgettable tour with GBR Helicopters -Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Manchester to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 88°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.8

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip site.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

3
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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.
Kids will enjoy Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, and make a trip to Field of Light.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Uluru
4.6
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World heritage site
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
4.7
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Scenic Walking Area
Lungkata Walk
4.7

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Melbourne

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.
Go Flyboard has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Jan Juc to see Great Ocean Road Paragliding about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maru Koala and Animal Park as well as Grumpys Crazy Golf. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like A Maze'N Things and Cowes Beach. And it doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with Surf Trax, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Colonnades, and kick back and relax at Kitty Miller Bay.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cowes road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cowes are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Theme Park
A Maze'N Things
4.3
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Beach
Cowes Beach
4.5

5
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Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, go for a walk through Cahill's Lookout, get great views at The Three Sisters, and get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and train from Cowes to Katoomba takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cowes in January, expect nights in Katoomba to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.9
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World heritage site
The Three Sisters
4.5

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Sydney

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Beach
Bondi Beach
4.2

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 13th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then stroll through Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island day trip website.

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
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Must see
Ned's Beach
5.0
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Must see
Lagoon Beach
4.9

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and South Bank Parklands (in Brisbane). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and push the limits with Gold Coast Skydive.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast takes 7 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Mooloolaba

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.
Kids will enjoy Golden Beach Hire and Australia Zoo. Take a break from Mooloolaba with a short trip to Maleny Dairies in Maleny, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, meet the residents at Queensland Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba journey planning site.

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Theme Park
Aussie World
4.0
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Water Park
Aqua Park Bli Bli
4.7

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will enjoy Champagne Pools and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Champagne Pools
4.5
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World heritage site
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
4.7
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Water Body
Eli Creek
4.5

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