60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
3
Leura
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  11 h 45 min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
12
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  11 h 15 min
13
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Wirreanda Park (in Buderim), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Brisbane. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

MaisyMoo, Wirreanda Park, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, SunJet Simulations
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island travel route planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

5
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. When in Leura, make a side trip to see Bilpin Cider Company in Bilpin, approximately Bilpin away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Leura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Katoomba, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Bilpin Cider Company, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

7
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, visit Darling Harbour, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth online route maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to 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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Daintree to see Elizas Gallery about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and stroll through Wonga Beach.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Cow Bay Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation route site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours, Bloomfield Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach holiday builder.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island by combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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