55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Townsville
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
12
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Coffs Harbour
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  3​h 15​min
14
Manly
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
15
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

4
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Billabong Sanctuary and Riverway. Spend the 30th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at The Strand, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville tour planner .

London, UK to Townsville is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Townsville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Townsville to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island itinerary planner .

Getting from Townsville to Hamilton Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Into The Blue Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout in Bowen (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 4th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

Before you visit Whitsunday Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mon Repos and Esplanade. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company (in Bundaberg) and Brierley Wines (in Childers). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Blue Sky Boat Hire Hervey Bay, appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, and let the kids burn off some steam at Queens Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay vacation planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach, Brierley Wines
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum ©

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

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

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 1770 Distillery, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Lady Musgrave Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Paperbark Forest Walk, then get engrossed in the history at Agnes Water Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Agnes Water online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Agnes Water. In February, daytime highs in Agnes Water are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lady Musgrave Island, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island
Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum

2
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the activities along Poona Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Beach, explore the activities along Searys Creek, and then enjoy the sea views from Double Island Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Coolum and Queensland Air Museum. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & HMAS Brisbane), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Spas & Wellness (in Maroochydore). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, get great views at Laguna Lookout, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Noosa online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Mount Coolum, Queensland Air Museum
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Suncorp Stadium and West End. Change things up with a short trip to Queens Park in Ipswich (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Queens Park
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural Bridge and Burleigh Head National Park. On the 4th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get your game on at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast, and stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast tour website .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Pippi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Ballina (Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail & Lighthouse Beach). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Pat Morton Lookout, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Pippi Beach
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coffs Harbour: South West Rocks (Trial Bay Gaol & Maritime Museum South West Rocks) and Dorrigo National Park (in Dorrigo). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and look for gifts at The Honey Place.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Urunga, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

4
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blackbutt Reserve and Australian Reptile Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Manly: Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Newcastle (Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Beach, & more) and Caves Beach (in Swansea). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach and stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manly trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Coffs Harbour to Manly in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. In March in Manly, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newcastle, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Terrigal Beach, Caves Beach, Australian Reptile Park
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Fort Scratchley ©
Fort Scratchley

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour builder .

Sydney is just a short distance from Manly. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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