50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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50 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 28 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cooktown
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Melbourne

2
days
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll through City Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockingham Beach.

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Sydney to Perth is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Perth are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, Fremantle Prison, City Beach, Matilda Bay Reserve, Rockingham Beach
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

2
days
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Sun), kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach and then learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Henley Beach, and then wander the streets of North Terrace.

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You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Adelaide, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Adelaide, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gorge Wildlife Park, Henley Beach, Rockford Winery, Aldinga Beach
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
North Terrace ©
North Terrace

2
days
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

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Fly from Adelaide to Gold Coast in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Adelaide in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Gold Coast, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

29
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jenolan Caves and Bouddi National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout, Lincoln's Rock, & more), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Blackheath (Govetts Leap & Logan Brae Orchard). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Kamay Botany Bay National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

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Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Blackheath, Wollongong, Mittagong
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

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Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
days
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville.

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Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Townsville when traveling from Cairns in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©

2
days
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Big Mama Sailing and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

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Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

2
days
Airlie Beach

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.
On the 30th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip tool .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. While traveling from Magnetic Island, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

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#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
days
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
days
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Four Mile Beach, and then shop like a local with Ngarru Gallery.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
days
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cooktown vacation site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

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Black Mountain National Park
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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