52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

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52 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  30​h
1
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  24​h
3
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Clare
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Forster
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  22​h 30​min
11
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Get outdoors at Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Alice Springs is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, expect nights in Alice Springs to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Uluru and Valley of the Winds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Kuniya Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Port Campbell National Park and Port Campbell precinct and foreshore. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps. Get out of town with these interesting Port Campbell side-trips: Johanna Beach (in Johanna), Red Rock Theatre and Gallery (in Cororooke) and Beech Forest (Triplet Falls & The Redwoods). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Port Campbell fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Campbell takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Johanna Beach, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

4
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Farm Shed Museum and VIC and Morgan Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burra Town Hall and Greg Cooley Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Burra Regional Art Gallery (in Burra), Caudo Vineyard (in Waikerie) and The Copper Coast (in Moonta). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Aloysius Church, get your game on at Mintaro Maze, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riesling Trail, and do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Clare route site .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Clare takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kadina, Burra, Sevenhill, Mintaro Maze, Caudo Vineyard
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Caudo Vineyard ©
Caudo Vineyard
Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
The Farm Shed Museum and VIC ©
The Farm Shed Museum and VIC

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seal Bay Conservation Park and Will's Rare Breeds Farm. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, experience rural life at George's 40,000 Castle Lights, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kangaroo Island Brewery.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island travel route site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clare to Kangaroo Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian Centre for Photography. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney online road trip planner .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Sydney by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cellito Beach and Seven Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Tomaree Head and Boomerang Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forster: Zenith Beach (in Shoal Bay) and Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Forster Main Beach, see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, experience rural life at Colin Wren Oysters, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Green Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Forster trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Forster in 4 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, Forster is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Boomerang Beach, The Green Cathedral, Saltwater National Park, Cellito Beach
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get in touch with nature at Koala Hospital and Scotts Head Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Slim Dusty Centre and Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Rocks Ferry Reserve (in Wauchope), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery (in Kempsey). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mrs York's Garden.

Plan a trip to Port Macquarie easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Forster to Port Macquarie in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Forster in May, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kempsey, Wauchope, Scotts Head Beach, North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery ©
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

4
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.
Relax by the water at Broken Head Beach and Pippi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Main Beach Yamba and Wategos Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point), Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina) and Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, and take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in June, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Yamba, Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Noosa Main Beach and Mount Coolum. Visit Double Island Point Lighthouse and Caloundra Lighthouses for their historical value. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, stroll through Peregian Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Noosa online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Marcoola Beach, Double Island Point Lighthouse, Caloundra Lighthouses, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mossman Gorge and With Sugar. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Photography Tours in Daintree, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle from Noosa to Port Douglas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Photography Tours

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Fig Tree, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mareeba, Yungaburra, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Historic Village Herberton, Millaa Millaa Falls
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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