54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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54 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Albany
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
9
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
10
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
11
Bicheno
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at The Giant Stairway and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Step out of Katoomba to go to Jenolan Caves and see Jenolan Caves, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, admire all the interesting features of Lincoln's Rock, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba driving holiday planning website .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, Katoomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln's Rock, Govetts Leap, Jenolan Caves, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

5
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.
Get outdoors at Kiama Blowhole and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Clovelly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Kiama Blowhole
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coastal walk and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Get out of town with these interesting Port Macquarie side-trips: South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse, German Monument, & more). There's more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse and identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie day trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

South West Rocks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Visiting Daintree National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in April: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alice Springs, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

4
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave and Lake Cave. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay Jetty will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Water wheel), Yallingup (Canal Rocks, Ngilgi Cave, & more) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Gabriel Chocolate, explore the fascinating underground world of Giants Cave, and learn about winemaking at McHenry Hohnen Vintners.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Margaret River day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Boranup, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Meelup Beach
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

6
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Visiting Tree Top Walk and Middleton Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greens Pool and Cosy Corner Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Mandalay Beach (in Walpole), South Coast WoodWorks Gallery (in Youngs Siding) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Torndirrup National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, and make a trip to Albany Wind Farm.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany holiday planner.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Albany are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Walpole, Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach, Lowlands Beach
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Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Raptor Domain. Escape the urban bustle at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kelly Hill Caves. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch and identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Get in touch with nature at Great Ocean Walk and London Bridge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mait's Rest and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge, don't miss a visit to The Grotto, identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps, and explore the striking landscape at The Razorback.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Childer's Cove, Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay May 7 — 12:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Devils @ Cradle and Barn Bluff. Take a break from the city and head to Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Philosopher Falls. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car from Port Campbell to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Bicheno.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Philosopher Falls, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff
Philosopher Falls ©
Philosopher Falls

3
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Columba Waterfall. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Change things up with a short trip to Mathinna Falls in Mathinna (about 1h 20 min away). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bicheno travel planning tool .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Bicheno in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In May in Bicheno, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Coles Bay, Mathinna Falls, St Columba Waterfall
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Cascade Brewery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton), Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park) and Port Arthur (Government Cottage & Australian Convict Sites). On the 22nd (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. On the 23rd (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Presbyterian Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hobart trip planner .

Drive from Bicheno to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Russell Falls, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay May 18 — 24:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls

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