53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Palermo, Sicily
Fly:  31​h
Tanunda
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
Mooloolaba
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Kakadu National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  33​h
Palermo, Sicily

4
days
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Murray Street Vineyards and Kalleske Wines. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Tscharke's Place and look for all kinds of wild species at Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tanunda driving holiday planning website .

Palermo, Italy to Tanunda is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Palermo to Tanunda due to the time zone difference. June in Tanunda sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Tanunda

#Wineries, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Greenock, Marananga, Barossa Valley, Wolf Blass, Domain Day Cellar Door
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
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Seppeltsfield
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines

7
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

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Drive from Tanunda to Melbourne in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Melbourne sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
days
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sunshine Castle and Caloundra Lighthouses. Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout.

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

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Mooloolaba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in Mooloolaba hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim, Marcoola Beach, Lows Lookout, Maroochydore Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

7
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, contemplate the long history of Hyde Park Barracks Museum, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mooloolaba to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mooloolaba in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
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.
On the 17th (Tue), trek along Kuniya Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get outside with Walpa Gorge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary app .

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
days
Cairns

The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

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

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Visit Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 27th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, and stop by Coffee Works.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
days
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.
Family-friendly places like Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

6
days
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Maguk Gorge. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yellow Water. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kakadu National Park online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Cape Tribulation to Kakadu National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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