56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Blackheath
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
13
Perth
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + train + foot + bus + train:  23​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Elizas Gallery (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Manchester to Port Douglas, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Elizas Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach journey planner.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Podie Pie (in Nambour), BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Podie Pie, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum
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, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore Blackheath's surroundings by going to Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Leura Cascades, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and get great views at Echo Point Lookout.

Plan a trip to Blackheath easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blackheath takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Blackheath can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Canberra takes 4 hours. Traveling from Blackheath in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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: Port Arthur (Three Capes Track & Port Arthur Historic Site) and Raspins Beach (in Orford). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip website .

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Canberra in February: highs in Hobart hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Raspins Beach
Highlights from your plan
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in February, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Mandurah (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Waterskiing & Jetskiing). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stroll through Scarborough Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mandurah, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach
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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