54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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54 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Blue Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
9
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
10
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
12
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
13
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bucharest


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6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Coogee Beach and Newport Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step out of Fraser Island with an excursion to Figtree Treasures in Childers--about 1h 55 min away.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island route planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Woodgate Beach, Figtree Treasures
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

3
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Get in touch with nature at The National Pass and Jenolan Caves. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blue Mountains National Park: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Blackheath (Govetts Leap, Perry's Lookdown, & more) and Leura (Leura Cascades & Everglades Historic House and Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Lincoln's Rock, hike along Grand Canyon track, and explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Blue Mountains National Park. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Blue Mountains National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Jenolan Caves, Wentworth Falls Lake, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail

2
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
On the 6th (Sun), view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and finally don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online journey builder .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

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

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 19th (Sat), trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, explore the activities along Lake St. Clair, and then hike along Larmairremener tabelti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): trek along The Overland Track.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and car from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay Lookout, relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bicheno
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, steep yourself in history at Constitution Dock, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, then savor the flavors at The Wicked Cheese Co., and finally take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip maker site .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond, Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Blowhole Beach and Island Beach. When in Kangaroo Island, make a side trip to see Carrickalinga Beach in Carrickalinga, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, explore and take pictures at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, and take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kangaroo Island road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hobart to Kangaroo Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Carrickalinga Beach, Blowhole Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach

10
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and The Great Ocean Road. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Ocean Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 7:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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