52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

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52 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
9
Ballarat
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 8 nights
End: Sydney

4
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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Buderim Forest Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route planning site .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Let the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Village Gallery (in Palm Cove) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in June; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
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.
Let the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Des Spencer Galleries capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 19th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Appreciate the collections at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Mason Gallery. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Darwin to go to Batchelor and see Litchfield National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, view the masterpieces at Nomad Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre and Talapi. Step out of the city life by going to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Mount Gillen. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, view the masterpieces at This is Aboriginal Art, explore the engaging exhibits at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planner .

Getting from Darwin to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in June, expect Alice Springs to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

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 Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Adelaide Oval and The Cedars. Art Gallery of South Australia and Migration Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Kalleske Wines (in Greenock), Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door (in Oakbank) and Hans Heysen Art Studio (in Hahndorf). Dedicate the 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Better World Arts, and see the interesting displays at National Motor Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Adelaide hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Adelaide, Hahndorf, National Motor Museum, Kalleske Wines, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:
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Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Take a break from the city and head to Flinders Chase National Park and Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Ballarat, contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, and then see the interesting displays at Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ballarat route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kangaroo Island to Ballarat in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. In July in Ballarat, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Ballarat to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Scienceworks
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 20:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

8
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and The National Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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