54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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54 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Perth
— 32 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Perth

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Perth to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cape Tribulation. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in October; daily highs in Cape Tribulation reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

32
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Warnbro Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Swan River and Quinns Rocks Beach. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Herne Hill (The House of Honey & Talijancich Wines), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Fremantle (South Beach Recreation Reserve, Bather's Beach, & more). Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Pack the 22nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Silver Sands Beach, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockingham Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Perth in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Tribulation to Perth is minus 2 hours. In October, Perth is slightly colder than Cape Tribulation - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, Millendon, Wanneroo
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

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.
On the 8th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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 11th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, expect nights in Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park

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