60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
13
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Edinburgh

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Edinburgh to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) 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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, and get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (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
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Hamilton Island Marina, & more). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, SunJet Simulations, & more) and SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, SunJet Simulations
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 12.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip app .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Valley, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canberra road trip tool .

Getting from Katoomba to Canberra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Canberra. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

6
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 The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Swan River.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip maker app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Perth is slightly colder than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Tours

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

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