60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Perth
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
Jabiru
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Christchurch

6
days
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Warnbro Beach. Get outdoors at Caversham Wildlife Park and Swan River. Venture out of the city with trips to Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks), Talijancich Wines (in Herne Hill) and John Kosovich Wines (in Baskerville). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, have fun at City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and stroll through Scarborough Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth itinerary builder tool .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Perth is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Perth is minus 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in November: high temperatures in Perth hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Quinns Rocks Beach, Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing, Tyler's Vineyard, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

6
days
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, admire the sheer force of Maguk Falls, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mowbray National Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and stop by Coffee Works.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

4
days
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in November: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 4th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Capital City Trail, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

7
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Newport Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach, and stroll through Camp Cove.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney route planner.

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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
days
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 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Wanggoolba Creek. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

5
days
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Kondalilla National Park (in Montville), Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, stop by The Real McCaul, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mount Ninderry, Buderim Forest Park, The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Murwillumbah and see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, explore and take pictures at Captain Cook Highway, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Moffat Beach, Captain Cook Highway, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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