60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  22​h
1
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  23​h 45​min
4
Alice Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 7 nights
Drive:  29​h
6
Cairns
— 9 nights
Drive:  22​h 30​min
7
Gold Coast
— 12 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Montreal

9
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 outdoors at Maroochydore Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bulcock Beach and Kondalilla Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Maleny Dairies), Fudgyboombahs (in Montville) and Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Point Cartwright). On the 12th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the history behind Bee Gees Way, and make a trip to Anzac Square.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary builder site .

Montreal, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, things will get much warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. You will leave for Sydney on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Montville, Maleny
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Main Range National Park ©
Main Range National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Coogee Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Step out of the city life by going to Ocean Beach and Bells Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to St George's Lake (in Creswick), Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck) and Mount Martha Beach (in Mt Martha). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Daylesford, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and view the masterpieces at Convent Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Daylesford, Eastern Beach Reserve, St George's Lake, Pulpit Rock, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

7
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Visiting Ormiston Gorge and Ormiston Gorge will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Gillen and Finke Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, admire the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, and examine the collection at The Residency.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 41°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ormiston Gorge
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Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

7
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Buley Rockhole and Mindil Beach. Get outdoors at Florence Falls and Lake Alexander. Venture out of the city with trips to Wangi Falls (in Litchfield National Park) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, play a few rounds at Palmerston Golf Course, browse the collection at Northern Territory Library, and see the interesting displays at 1934 Qantas Hangar.

Discover how to plan a Darwin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in January: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 29°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Palmerston Golf Course, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

9
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Michaelmas Cay. Take a break from the city and head to Wonga Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove), Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour & Curtain Fig National Park) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

Planning Cairns trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Darwin to Cairns in 29 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Kuranda, Yungaburra, Spas & Wellness, Opal Reef, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 18:
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

12
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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Broken Head Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Wategos Beach, & more). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and stroll through Greenmount Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Gold Coast to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 24°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Broken Head, Nimbin Rocks, Tropical Fruit World, Glow Worm Caves
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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