60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Launceston
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  11​h 30​min
8
Port Campbell
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Halls Gap
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Broken Hill
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Sugar Industry Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe and Spy & Camera Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, stop by Australian Leather Company, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. In October, Cairns is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Paronella Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Daintree National Park, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Turners Beach and Broken Head Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Yamba (Main Beach Yamba & Yamba Pedal Boats), Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, browse for treasures at Books and Stuff, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay road trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Byron Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Byron Bay is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Spooky Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 18:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Rosny Farm and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. Popular historic sites such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Fern Tree are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: South Cape Bay (in Southwest National Park), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Duck Hole Lake Walk (in Dover). On the 23rd (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, explore the activities along Waterworks Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

Plan trip to Hobart with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Byron Bay in October; daily highs in Hobart reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Fern Tree, Port Arthur Historic Site
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

5
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
We've included these beaches for you: Wineglass Bay Lookout and Wineglass Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers and Craigie Knowe Vineyard. Venture out of the city with trips to St Marys (Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery & Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery), East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, take in the exciting artwork at Waubs Bay Gallery, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay day trip tool .

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cranbrook, St Marys, Freycinet
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery and ONTRAK Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tasmanian Glassblowers and Deloraine Creative Studios. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh), Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek) and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village (in Longford). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Tamar Valley Art Shack, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, and explore the galleries of The Working Art Space and Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston travel website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Launceston sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sheffield, Tamar Valley Art Shack, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Tasmanian Glassblowers, George Town Watch House
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:
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City Park ©
City Park
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Visiting Dove Lake Circuit and Hellyer Gorge will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devils @ Cradle and Westmorland Falls. Go for a jaunt from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Waratah to see Philosopher Falls about 1h 20 min away. On the 8th (Fri), hike the day away at The Overland Track. There's still lots to do: trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westmorland Falls, Philosopher Falls, Hellyer Gorge
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Hellyer Gorge ©
Hellyer Gorge

5
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Port Campbell National Park and Johanna Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Campbell: Childer's Cove (in The Cove), Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Walk & Mait's Rest) and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah). Make the 14th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Lorne Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge and take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, train, and bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Port Campbell in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Lorne, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Johanna Beach, Childer's Cove
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

6
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as The Pinnacle and Steve Morvell Wildlife Art. Get outdoors at Halls Gap Zoo and Chatauqua Peak. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halls Gap: Grampians Estate Cellar Door (in Great Western), Ararat (Ararat Gallery TAMA & J Ward Museum Complex) and Grape Farm Winery (in Moonambel). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at James McMurtrie, trek along Chimney Pots, stroll through Wonderland Loop Hike, and take in the dramatic scenery at Burrong Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Halls Gap journey maker site .

Getting from Port Campbell to Halls Gap by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Dunkeld, Ararat, Wimmera Hills Winery, Grape Farm Winery, Grampians Estate Cellar Door
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:
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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo
Grape Farm Winery ©
Grape Farm Winery

3
nights
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Take a break from the city and head to The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary and Living Desert State Park. Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and John Dynon Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Broken Hill to Silverton to see Silverton School and Educational Museum about 38 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Mutawintji National Park. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Howard Steer Art - Flying Doctor Artist, examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of the Outback, and explore the world behind art at Pro Hart Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Broken Hill holiday site .

Getting from Halls Gap to Broken Hill by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in Broken Hill are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Silverton
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery ©
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

4
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 Clovelly will get you outdoors. Visit Manly Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Getting from Broken Hill to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Broken Hill in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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