53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h 15​min
2
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Torquay
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 15​min
5
Katoomba
— 5 nights
+3
train + Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mossman
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive:  9​h
9
Purnululu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
13
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
15
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
16
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  56​h
End: Perth

2
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. June in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Warrnambool: Port Campbell (Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, & more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, examine the collection at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, explore the activities along Bay of Islands, and stroll the grounds of Tower Hill Cemetery.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Warrnambool itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Warrnambool takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lorne (Erskine Falls, Teddy's Lookout, & more), Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet) and Apollo Bay (Mait's Rest & Great Ocean Walk). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Torquay trip builder .

Getting from Warrnambool to Torquay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Torquay sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lorne, Apollo Bay, Split Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

3
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Llama Farma (in Elizabeth Town), Derwent Bridge (Frenchmans Cap & Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park) and Kenworthys Stamper Mill (in Waratah). On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at The Overland Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, make a trip to Barn Bluff, and look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car from Torquay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Derwent Bridge, Llama Farma, Kenworthys Stamper Mill
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Llama Farma ©
Llama Farma

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Visit The National Pass and Hartley Historic Village for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The Australiana Pioneer Village (in Wilberforce), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Hartley Historic Site (in Hartley). On the 11th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, stroll through The Giant Stairway, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and train from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Katoomba in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Hartley Historic Village, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
The Australiana Pioneer Village ©
The Australiana Pioneer Village
Hartley Historic Village ©
Hartley Historic Village

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Grassy Hill and Cooktown History Centre are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and James Cook Museum (in Cooktown). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online road trip planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Cape Tribulation by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect nights in Cape Tribulation to be much hotter, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooktown, Black Mountain National Park, Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

2
nights
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Daintree Station, relax in the rural setting at Australian Muster Experience, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally appreciate the history behind Miallo Japanese Bombing Site.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mossman holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Mossman in 2 hours. July in Mossman sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Station, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Daintree Station ©
Daintree Station

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock for their historical value. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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nights
Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Purnululu National Park, explore the striking landscape at Bungle Bungle Range, and then explore and take pictures at Bungle Bungles Range.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Purnululu National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Purnululu National Park in 16 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Purnululu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Purnululu National Park ©
Purnululu National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Purnululu National Park to Cairns in 41 hours. Traveling from Purnululu National Park to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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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.
On the 1st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill. On the next day, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville travel planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
St James Cathedral ©
St James Cathedral

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Magnetic Island

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a tour by water with Big Mama Sailing, then do sightseeing your way with Pilgrim Sailing, and then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, look for gifts at Magnetic Island Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island online trip maker .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 7th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island visit planner .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Hamilton Island in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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