57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Avalon
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Torquay
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 9 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Perth
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas

— 6 nights
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 a short trip to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Port Douglas to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns

— 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas, &more). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

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Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 5 nights

Australia's New World City

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 Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip website.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Champagne Pools, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, stroll through Indian Head, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

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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, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Sydney

— 6 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Fraser Island to Sydney by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 6 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, head outdoors with Evans Lookout, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and trek along Fortress Rock.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Katoomba trip maker website.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Torquay

— 2 nights
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Bells Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lonsdale Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Point Danger Lookout. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Torquay trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Torquay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Torquay is a bit cooler than Katoomba - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 9 nights

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.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Heronswood (in Dromana), Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (in Mornington). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with Sea All Dolphin Swims.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°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

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Mala Walk, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Perth

— 5 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Hot Shots Shooting (in Whiteman) and Top Gun Tours (in West Swan). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, examine the collection at The Nostalgia Box Museum, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Perth journey builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.