57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Perth
— 1 night
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to London Heathrow

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Perth

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Perth route maker.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. September in Perth sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). Dedicate the 9th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in September: highs in Melbourne hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley), Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (in Mount Tomah) and Bilpin (TNT Produce, Hillbilly Cider, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, trek along Grand Canyon track, stroll through Fortress Rock, and take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Katoomba hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 5 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website.

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Katoomba in September, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 20th (Mon), play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, stroll through Lagoon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip planner.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Brisbane

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: A2submarine Replica (in Kallangur), Brisbane Whale Watching (in Redcliffe) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planner.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 4 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Brisbane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: McMartin's Farm (in Bli Bli), Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, stroll through Kings Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to K'gari, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Fraser Island sightseeing site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Hervey Bay

— 3 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hervey Bay: Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits (in Childers), Bundaberg (Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company & Bundaberg Rum Distillery) and Barolin Rocks (in Bargara). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hervey Bay in October, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, get interesting insight from Tours, take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online attractions planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cairns

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
On the 19th (Tue), go for a walk through Field of Light, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kuniya Walk, explore and take pictures at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

Find out how to plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 6 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Animal Tracks Safari, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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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.