60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Leura
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
13
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
14
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Leura: Bilpin (Bilpin Cider Company & Hillbilly Cider). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Traveling by car from Canberra to Leura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Leura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Bilpin, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse & Cape Byron Walking Track) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, make a trip to K'gari, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and stroll through Indian Head.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island travel app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations) and Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Elizas Gallery (in Daintree) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Elizas Gallery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Mason Gallery, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, then see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin route builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Darwin are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

5
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.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get in on the family fun at Adventure World Perth Australia, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Perth trip app .

Fly from Darwin to Perth in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Perth, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Adventure World, Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Perth - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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