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
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
10
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Werribee Open Range Zoo will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Yarra River, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island. On the 9th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, stroll through Cow Bay Beach, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. November in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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 Opal Reef will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas journey planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Golf Club, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Maguk Gorge and Motor Car Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, and steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

4
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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and South Bank Parklands (in Brisbane). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Gold Coast. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Noosa National Park and Kondalilla National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, get great views at Laguna Lookout, and look for gifts at The Real McCaul.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Noosa visit planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Buderim, Kondalilla National Park, Mount Ninderry, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island road trip planner .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

8
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney journey planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Escape the urban bustle at Valley of the Winds and Kuniya Walk. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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