57 days in Australia & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

57 days in Australia & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 45 min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Canberra, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Hobart, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Adelaide, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Darwin, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

6
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Appreciate the collections at Underart Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby ©
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port Moresby Nature Park and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bomana War Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Moresby trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Cairns to Port Moresby in 2 hours. Traveling from Cairns in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Moresby, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Port Moresby Nature Park ©
Port Moresby Nature Park
Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery

5
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fingal Head Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Opal Museum, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Parrots in Paradise (in Glass House Mountains). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Port Moresby to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Port Moresby in September, you will find days in Gold Coast are little chillier (27°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Brisbane, Murwillumbah, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Parrots in Paradise, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

10
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and The National Pass are in your itinerary. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Falls Gallery (in Wentworth Falls) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lennox Bridge, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Falls Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Australian National Maritime Museum
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

5
nights
Canberra, Australia

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. Get some historical perspective at Shoalhaven River Gorge and Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery in Bungendore--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, examine the collection at Queanbeyan Museum, get curious at Questacon, and explore the engaging exhibits at National Capital Exhibition.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canberra holiday planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Queanbeyan Museum, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Shoalhaven River Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

7
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Victoria and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to National Steam Centre in Scoresby--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, see the interesting displays at Duldig Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and explore the world behind art at The Johnston Collection.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scienceworks, Jewish Holocaust Centre, National Steam Centre
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

5
nights
Hobart, Australia

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.
Popular historic sites such as Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites are in your itinerary. Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland), The Church (in Port Arthur) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, and examine the collection at Tasmanian Transport Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Hobart hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Port Arthur, St John the Baptist Chuch, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

6
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Langmeil Winery and The Cedars will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at South Australian Museum and South Australian Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Willunga Leadlight and Glass Studio (in Willunga), Oakbank (O'Leary Walker Wines Adelaide Hills & Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door) and McLaren Vale (Shottesbrooke Vineyards, Primo Estate, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Greenock Aviation Museum, and view the masterpieces at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Hobart to Adelaide. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in October: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Oakbank, Hahndorf, Port Adelaide, Greenock
Highlights from your plan
Primo Estate ©
Primo Estate
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

5
nights
Darwin, Australia

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Get some cultural insight at Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Batchelor (Litchfield National Park & Nina's Ark Wildlife Sanctuary) and Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Provenance Arts, examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Darwin by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in October: highs in Darwin hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Batchelor, Adelaide River War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ©

4
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Popular historic sites such as Fremantle Prison and The Perth Mint are in your itinerary. The Nostalgia Box Museum and WA Maritime Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Fremantle History Walking Tour, explore the activities along Swan River, and examine the collection at Aviation Heritage Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Perth road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Perth. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in October: highs in Perth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Red Dirt Photographic, Aviation Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum

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