50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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50 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sarina
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Tannum Sands
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
13
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Canberra
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
Bright
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
16
Melbourne
— 6 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunday Market Port Douglas and Rex Lookout. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel).

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns journey site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In June, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Townsville online day trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Townsville, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip maker app .

Getting from Townsville to Hamilton Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Townsville in June: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's more to do: look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

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You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sarina.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Sarina

Sarina ©
Sarina is a town and locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Palmerston National Park and Big Cane Toad. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Barfield in Hay Point (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Sarina District Historical Centre.

Plan trip to Sarina with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Sarina by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, Sarina is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Sarina

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Barfield, Cape Palmerston National Park
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Cape Palmerston National Park ©
Cape Palmerston National Park
Big Cane Toad ©
Big Cane Toad

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 17th (Mon), examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and finally get curious at FLOW Visitors Centre. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, stop by Coastal Funk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yeppoon Main Beach, and finally head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton online trip maker .

Getting from Sarina to Rockhampton by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sarina in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tannum Sands.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Yeppoon
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

1
night
Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Cattle Island National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tannum Sands driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Tannum Sands in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Tannum Sands are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Tannum Sands

Nature Parks
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Wild Cattle Island National Park ©
Wild Cattle Island National Park

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, and then have fun at Queens Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip app .

Drive from Tannum Sands to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hervey Bay when traveling from Tannum Sands in June, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

7
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.
Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kawana Shoppingworld and Noosa Chocolate Factory. Venture out of the city with trips to Montville Art Gallery (in Montville), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery & Bulcock Beach). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and stroll through Maroochydore Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling, The Workshops Rail Museum
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Do your shopping at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point) and Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville). There's still lots to do: hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, and take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in June since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Bangalow Market, Hastings Point Headland, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Boambee Creek Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bunker Cartoon Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Boambee Creek Reserve, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 4th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip planning site .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in July, you will find days in Port Macquarie are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum
Port Macquarie Historic Court House ©

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nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Gallery One88. Visiting Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours), Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques (in Hazelbrook) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning app .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and ANZAC Parade Walk. Get some cultural insight at Australian War Memorial and The Grape Escape. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canberra: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (in Paddys River), Bungendore (Village Antiques & Bungendore Wood Works Gallery) and Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines (in Bredbo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Scott Leggo Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bright.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Bungendore, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, The Grape Escape, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

1
night
Bright

Bright ©
Bright is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia, 319 metres above sea level at the southeastern end of the Ovens Valley. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): hit the slopes at Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, look for gifts at Pumpkin Seeds Australia, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Billson’s Brewery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bright sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Bright takes 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in July since evenings lows in Bright dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bright

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Billson’s Brewery, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, Pumpkin Seeds Australia
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Billson’s Brewery ©
Billson’s Brewery

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of Ballarat and Shrine of Remembrance. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bright to Melbourne takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Spas

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Split Point Lighthouse, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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