56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
6
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Margaret River
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In November, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Australia and Old Parliament House. Step off the beaten path and head to National Portrait Gallery and Scott Leggo Gallery. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canberra road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get some historical perspective at Richmond Gaol and Constitution Dock. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to The Neck.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hobart online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Canberra in November, plan for little chillier days in Hobart, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Richmond, The Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Art Gallery of Ballarat and Federation Squarefor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat), Bendigo (Golden Dragon Museum & Bendigo Art Gallery) and Spas (in Daylesford). The adventure continues: join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Bendigo, Ballarat, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Spas, Eastern Beach Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Golden Dragon Museum ©
Golden Dragon Museum

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Dudley Cellar Door are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, savor the flavors at Kangaroo Island Spirits, look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island road trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Step off the beaten path and head to Greens Pool and Middleton Beach. Change things up with a short trip to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company in Scotsdale (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Little Beach, stroll through Emu Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Albany trip planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Highlights from your plan
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

6
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Visit Meelup Beach and Gnarabup Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Vasse Felix Winery. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Yallingup (Yallingup Beach & Ngilgi Cave), Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (in Dunsborough) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get your game on at Amaze'n Margaret River, stroll through Hamelin Bay, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Margaret River tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Augusta, Bunbury Farmers Market, Vasse Felix Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Desert Park and Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, look for gifts at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, get great views at Anzac Hill, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get a sense of the local culture at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience. Explore hidden gems such as Litchfield National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Darwin to go to Berry Springs and see Territory Wildlife Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, cool off at Wave Lagoon, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Alice Springs in December, with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
Highlights from your plan
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and Photography Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Mission Beach (in Mission Beach), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Photography Tours, Trinity Beach, Mission Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

6
nights
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.
Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head), Brisbane (Gallery of Modern Art & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary) and Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Lennox Head Beach, Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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