59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Albury
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Wollongong
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
11
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
12
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
13
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
14
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
15
Cairns
— 10 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
End: Melbourne

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Hanging Rock Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Brighton Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Ballarat (The Gold Museum & Art Gallery of Ballarat), Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Bells Beach (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of William Ricketts Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at South Melbourne Market, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey builder website .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. In June, Melbourne is slightly colder than London - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Albury.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Upper Yarra Museum, Hanging Rock Reserve, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Highlights from your plan
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

1
night
Albury

Albury ©
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. On the 4th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Yackandandah Museum, hike along Murray River Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Wonga Wetlands.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albury day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Albury takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Yackandandah Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wonga Wetlands ©
Wonga Wetlands
Yackandandah Museum ©
Yackandandah Museum

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Albury to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Albury in July, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Canberra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Lanyon Homestead ©
Lanyon Homestead

1
night
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bulli Beach, have fun at Stuart Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Flagstaff Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sea views from Wollongong Head Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wollongong trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Canberra to Wollongong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in July: highs in Wollongong hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Sydney.

Things to do in Wollongong

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse
Bulli Beach ©
Bulli Beach

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Terrigal Beach for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Billich Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, visit Darling Harbour, and trek along The National Pass.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online holiday planner .

Getting from Wollongong to Sydney by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wollongong in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Palm Beach, Leura Mall, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then try for a hole-in-one at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, and finally look for gifts at Vickers Fudge Factory. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then hike along Googik heritage Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Vickers Fudge Factory
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum ©
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines and then take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, brush up on your military savvy at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Bowraville Folk Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour tour planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Bowraville, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, Two Tails Wines, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
Bowraville Folk Museum ©
Bowraville Folk Museum
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

5
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective and The Byron Bay Book Exchange. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum (in Evans Head), Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Tallow Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Pat Morton Lookout, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Pat Morton Lookout, Hastings Point Headland
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Caboolture Historical Village. Get some cultural insight at State Library Of Queensland and Caloundra Lighthouses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Point Cartwright) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planning app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in July since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caboolture Historical Village, Maroochydore Beach, Marcoola Beach, Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Let the collections at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum and Customs House Interpretive Centre capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Burrum Heads Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Childers (Palace Backpackers Memorial & Brierley Wines) and Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary (in Maryborough). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum and admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maryborough, Childers, Burrum Heads Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum ©

1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Mount Jim Crow National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yeppoon day trip planning tool .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In August in Yeppoon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Nature

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 3rd (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space), walk around Gooseponds, then admire all the interesting features of Lamberts Lookout, and finally see the interesting displays at Melba House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mackay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Mackay takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mackay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Melba House
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 4th (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Above & Below Photography Gallery. On your second day here, examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, then stroll through Whitsunday Great Walk, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Mackay to Airlie Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Mackay in August, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bowling Green Bay National Park and then hike along Alligator Falls Track. On the next day, stroll through The Strand, then don't miss a visit to Kissing Point Fort, then identify plant and animal life at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Townsville online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, you will find days in Townsville are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park ©
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Kissing Point Fort ©
Kissing Point Fort

10
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rusty's Market and Bones and Jones. Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and Spy & Camera Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Spy & Camera Museum, Cathedral Fig Tree, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Babinda Boulders
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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