55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Perth
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

8
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle (Fremantle Markets & Fremantle Prison), Whiteman (Caversham Wildlife Park & Whiteman Park) and Rockingham (Penguin Island & Rockingham Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Fig Tree Estate, view the masterpieces at Illusionary Art, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Perth day trip tool .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Perth are much warmer (35°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Herne Hill, Whiteman, Millendon, Fremantle, Rockingham
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Bells Rapids Park ©
Bells Rapids Park
Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Duranbah to see Tropical Fruit World about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and cool off at The Rockpools.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Gold Coast takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tropical Fruit World
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

7
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Mooloolaba (Point Cartwright, Top Catch Charters, & more) and Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online travel route planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Caloundra, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Top Catch Charters ©
Top Catch Charters

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island route website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney holiday website .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Taronga Zoo, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Hawthorne Canal Reserve ©
Hawthorne Canal Reserve
Cremorne Reserve ©
Cremorne Reserve

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Y Water Discovery Centre (in Yea) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanging Rock Reserve, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Y Water Discovery Centre, The Great Ocean Road
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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