53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Blackheath
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Zurich


6
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 Palm Cove Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 14th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
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 Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Tranquility Falls, Photography Tours, & more). Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach.

You can plan Cape Tribulation trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Four Mile Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Plan a Port Douglas trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

7
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 Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route website .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Step out of the city life by going to The National Pass and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Hartley Historic Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Blue Mountains). On the 11th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, trek along Fortress Rock, explore the striking landscape at Wind Eroded Cave, and look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Blackheath holiday tool .

Getting from Sydney to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Blackheath. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Spend the 19th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Melbourne. While traveling from Blackheath, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
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 Valley of the Winds. Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some cultural insight at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Get in touch with nature at Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) attractions app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

Similar Plans

54 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 57 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA January, relaxing, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT