60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
Leura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
Caloundra
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Herne Hill
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Zurich

6
days
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. Do your shopping at Tanks Arts Centre and Luminous Lights. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Palm Cove Beach

5
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 28th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, look for gifts at The Reef Marina, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Myall Beach, Cow Bay Beach
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

4
days
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Shop till you drop at The Nook and Victory Theatre Antique Centre. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and browse the different shops at Leura Mall.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Leura route planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura in 5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Leura are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

#Shopping, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Rick Rutherford's Country ©
Rick Rutherford's Country

9
days
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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Central Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Avalon Beach to see Avalon Beach about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Leura to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Leura in November, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Avalon Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

9
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Tyabb Packing House Antiques (in Tyabb) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Readings Book Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and browse the different shops at Bourke Street Mall.

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You can 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 November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Tyabb Packing House Antiques, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

7
days
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.
Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Marina Mirage. Kids will appreciate attractions like Burleigh Heads Beach and Dreamworld. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & South Bank Parklands). The adventure continues: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in November; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
days
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Bring the kids along to Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Noosa Main Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Hastings Street (in Noosa), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Eumundi (The Original Eumundi Markets & The Real McCaul).

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Caloundra trip maker website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Caloundra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Maroochydore, Eumundi, Noosa, Lows Lookout, Kawana Shoppingworld
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Herne Hill.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
K'gari ©
K'gari

6
days
Herne Hill

Herne Hill ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Quinns Rocks Beach. Family-friendly places like Caversham Wildlife Park and Scarborough Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Herne Hill: Kings Park & Botanic Garden (in Perth), Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro) and Trigg Beach (in Trigg).

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Herne Hill sightseeing planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Herne Hill. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Herne Hill, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Herne Hill

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Brook, Baskerville, Fremantle Markets, Cottesloe Beach, Tyler's Vineyard
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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