53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Dubai
Fly:  23​h
Jabiru
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Leura
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Dubai

5
days
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Yellow Water and Mamukala Billabong. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, admire the sheer force of Maguk Falls, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jabiru driving holiday planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Jabiru is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Jabiru. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jabiru to Gold Coast. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

7
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coogee Beach and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney vacation app .

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 January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach, Vaucluse House
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, and finally look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Odd Mountain, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally browse the different shops at Leura Mall.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Leura online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Leura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Leura

#Shopping, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

2
days
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Leura to Lord Howe Island takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

3
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will enjoy Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

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You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
K'gari ©
K'gari

5
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Safaris and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Douglas by combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 11 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Family-friendly places like Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation Beach will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation day trip planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and tour in style with a train tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns road trip app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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 20th (Wed), hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

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You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

7
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Museum and Half Moon Bay. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve in Mitcham--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker website .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
days
Coles Bay

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.
On the 1st (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Freycinet Marine Farm, learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Coles Bay takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Mona, and then steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Battery Point.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart tour planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Mona
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mona ©
Mona

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at James Boag Brewery Experience, do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards, then identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Launceston online route maker .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Wineries

Side Trips

Pipers Brook Vineyard, Holm Oak Vineyards, Platypus House, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Holm Oak Vineyards ©
Holm Oak Vineyards

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