54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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54 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  22​h
1
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Mount Isa
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h 45​min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 15 nights
Drive:  8​h
12
Airlie Beach
— 9 nights
Drive:  16​h
13
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
End: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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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 7th (Fri): make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Brisbane is 15 hours. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Brisbane to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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HMAS Brisbane ©
HMAS Brisbane

3
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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You've now added Horseback Riding Tours to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in December, with lows around 20°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Broken Head, Lennox Head
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Beach and Bouddi National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planner.

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Bouddi National Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Ocean Beach and Rye Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safety Beach and Frankston Beach. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rye Beach, Frankston Beach, Ocean Beach, Safety Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
Safety Beach ©
Safety Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs and then head outdoors with The Arch. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell online road trip planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
The Arch ©
The Arch
Port Campbell precinct and foreshore ©
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Cove Conservation Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Semaphore Beach, and then kick back and relax at West Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Adelaide road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Adelaide takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hallett Cove Conservation Park ©
Hallett Cove Conservation Park
West Beach ©
West Beach

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Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Breakaways Conservation Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Church, then stop by Seven Stones Designer Jewellers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Old Timers Mine, admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Coober Pedy online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Coober Pedy by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Coober Pedy reach 40°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Ormiston Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, and then explore and take pictures at Ormiston Gorge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Mount Isa.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ormiston Gorge
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

1
night
Mount Isa

Mount Isa
To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mount Isa journey site .

You can drive from Alice Springs to Mount Isa in 13.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mount Isa

Nightlife Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Port Douglas

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.
On the 27th (Thu), look for gifts at With Sugar and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Isa to Port Douglas. When traveling from Mount Isa in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Thornton Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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Cairns

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Innisfail (Mamu Tropical Skywalk & Etty Bay), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Yungaburra (Curtain Fig National Park, Cathedral Fig Tree, & more). Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Cairns, identify plant and animal life at Granite Gorge Nature Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Atherton, Mareeba, Edge Hill, Innisfail
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 13:
Highlights from your plan
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Airlie Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Grays Bay and Smalleys Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseshoe Bay and Heart Reef. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock & Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout) and Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Hillsborough National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see some colorful creatures with Whitsunday Bullet, and look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Cape Hillsborough, Proserpine, Finch Hatton Gorge, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Tugun Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for little chillier nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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