50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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50 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
10
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
12
Tanunda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
13
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get outdoors at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Tugun Beach, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation planner .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Fraser Island

You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Sandy Cape Lighthouse. Step out of Fraser Island to go to Hervey Bay and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 52 minutes away.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Escape the urban bustle at The National Pass and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Lennox Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Blackheath, make a side trip to see The Three Sisters in Katoomba, approximately 1h 30 min away. On the 10th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, trek along The Giant Stairway, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Blackheath driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Blackheath. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Lennox Bridge
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Clovelly, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
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 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by combination of bus, car, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, gear up at Port Douglas Boat Hire, look for gifts at With Sugar, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ubirr and Anbangbang Billabong. Take a break from the city and head to Yellow Water and Maguk Gorge. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday site .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Matthew's Anglican Church, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Bells Rapids Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Perth tour itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison, Bells Rapids Park, St Matthew's Anglican Church
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online journey planner .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tanunda.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

2
nights
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Murray Street Vineyards and Flaxman Wines. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, admire the landmark architecture of Seppeltsfield Mausoleum, indulge your taste buds at Domain Day Cellar Door, and identify plant and animal life at Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tanunda trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Melbourne to Tanunda in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Tanunda, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Flaxman Wines, Domain Day Cellar Door
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Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Mt Gower. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Tanunda to Lord Howe Island in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tanunda to Lord Howe Island is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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