57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  14 h 15 min
1
Exmouth
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Mooloolaba
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+5
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  11 h 15 min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
12
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. On the 7th (Mon), explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and then kick back and relax at Turquoise Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then stroll through Wobiri Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Exmouth tour itinerary maker website .

Singapore, Singapore to Exmouth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler evenings in Exmouth when traveling from Singapore in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder site .

You can fly from Exmouth to Melbourne in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Exmouth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Exmouth in September, expect nights in Melbourne to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson), Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Pine Crest Orchard (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route builder site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Cathedral of Ferns Walk, Wentworth Falls, Pine Crest Orchard
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island travel route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

6
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Get outdoors at Kondalilla National Park and Marcoola Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach. Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth), Obi Boardwalk (in Maleny) and Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, sample the tasty concoctions at Sunshine Coast Brewery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mooloolaba itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Mooloolaba by flight takes about 6 hours. In September in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Glass House Mountains National Park, Conondale National Park, Obi Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Glass House Mountains National Park

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club & Passage Peak).

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Fraser Island in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk, trek along The Blue Arrow Circuit, and explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cattana Wetlands, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Visiting Daintree National Park and Dubuji Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online travel planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

6
nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, head outdoors with The Bump Track, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip maker website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, trek along Bardedjilidji Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and explore the striking landscape of Kakadu National park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands

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