58 days in Australia Itinerary

58 days in Australia Itinerary

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58 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  23​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  43​h
3
Perth
— 2 nights
Drive:  47​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive:  31​h
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  29​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  41​h
8
Fraser Island
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  11​h
9
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Istanbul

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Istanbul to Melbourne. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 9:
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blacktown to see Featherdale Wildlife Park about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and stroll through Freshwater Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 17:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
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.
On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, then take in the exciting artwork at The Sacred India Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and finally appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew's Anglican Church, take in the exciting artwork at Illusionary Art, examine the collection at Western Australian Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, then examine the collection at The Shipwreck Galleries, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Perth when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Illusionary Art
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Warradjan Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Yellow Water and Maguk Gorge. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, admire all the interesting features of Yurmikmik Walks, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Des Spencer Galleries. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and stroll through Anzac Park.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
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.
Visiting Uluru and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). You will leave for Fraser Island on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

6
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen. Change things up with these side-trips from Fraser Island: Turtle Park (in Bargara), Figtree Treasures (in Childers) and Maryborough (Portside & Mary Poppins Statue).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island route planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Fraser Island in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Fraser Island to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Urangan, Maryborough, Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, Turtle Park, Figtree Treasures
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:
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Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

1
night
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 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at Mona, then stroll through Seven Mile Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, then kick back and relax at Long Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Hobart by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 11 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fraser Island in January, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Seven Mile Beach, Mona
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mona ©
Mona

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, and finally make a trip to Remarkable Cave. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Tessellated Pavement and then immerse yourself in nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur online itinerary maker .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Tasmanian Wool Centre., make a trip to Spiky Bridge, then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and finally take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Spiky Bridge, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Tasmanian Wool Centre.
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door

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