60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Alice Springs
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
8
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Amsterdam

10
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Historic Village Herberton. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Agincourt Reef), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 2nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns route website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 12th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station, then learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Djiru National Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mission Beach itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Murdering Point Winery, Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, then steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Townsville travel planning tool .

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Yubu Napa Art Gallery. When in Alice Springs, make a side trip to see Hermannsburg Historic Precinct in Hermannsburg, approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, make a trip to Ormiston Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and examine the collection at Central Australia Aviation Museum.

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You can fly from Townsville to Alice Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Townsville in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. We've included these beaches for you: Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale), Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park) and Maddens Rise (in Coldstream). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, and explore the activities along Yarra River.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 31:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Kurrawa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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 some cultural insight at Chenrezig Institute and Newstead House. Step off the beaten path and head to Maroochydore Beach and Kondalilla Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba), Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, wander the streets of West End, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maleny, Wolston Farmhouse, Caboolture Historical Village, Caloundra Lighthouses, Kondalilla Falls
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 11:
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island journey planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Terrigal Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to 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 slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Terrigal Beach, Nan Tien Temple, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 24:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Bullet and then choose your vessel at Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. On your second day here, examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

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