60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
Townsville
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Rockhampton
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swan River and Mandurah Cruises. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro), Fremantle (Western Australian Maritime Museum & Fremantle Markets) and Yanchep National Park (in Yanchep). Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Perth, use our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. In March, Perth is warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle, Yanchep National Park, Warnbro Beach, Adventure World Perth Australia, Perth Zoo
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Swan River ©
Swan River
Kings Park War Memorial ©
Kings Park War Memorial
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Eastern Beach Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Stony Creek Gallery (in Daylesford), Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and appreciate the views at Healesville Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in April, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ocean Beach, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas & Wellness
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Hamilton Island Marina and Catseye Beach. Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, head outdoors with Jetryder, get your game on at Sports Club, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

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#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Airlie Beach Lagoon and Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Bowen and see Grays Bay, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In April in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island sightseeing app .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

5
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 Botanical Gardens and Helicopter Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns holiday builder site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Daintree Discovery Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach, make a trip to Elizas Gallery, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip builder .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Daintree National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Elizas Gallery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Explore hidden gems such as Paronella Park and Helen Wiltshire Gallery. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, indulge your taste buds at Mission Beach Tropical Fruit Safari, and trek along Kennedy Walking Track.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mission Beach journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Paronella Park
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Big Mama Sailing.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In May in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Arcadia Store ©
Arcadia Store

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Strand and Billabong Sanctuary. Spend the 9th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill, trek along Many Peaks Walking Track, shop like a local with Pinnacles Gallery, and look for gifts at CoffeeWorks.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Townsville visit planner.

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

3
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Capricorn Caves and Farnborough Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rockhampton side-trips: Yeppoon (Shell World Yeppoon, Spring Head Lookout, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, make a splash at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, and see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rockhampton road trip planning app .

Getting from Townsville to Rockhampton by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rockhampton, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip tool .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Rockhampton to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jenolan Caves and Watson's Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong), Katoomba (Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kiama Blowhole, stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Kiama Blowhole, Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Watson's Bay ©
Watson's Bay

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