55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 15 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
6
Perth
— 13 nights
7
Broome
— 3 nights
End: Darwin

14
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Horses in Port, & more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, stroll through Trinity Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation maker tool .

Darwin to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Edge Hill Memorial Bowls Club, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Cow Bay Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 19th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

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Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 24°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane route tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

15
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Taronga Zoo, The National Pass, Shelly Beach, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol and then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

13
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Cottesloe Beach and Adventure World Perth Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo), Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks) and Mandurah (Mandurah Cruises, Halls Head Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Rockingham Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trigg Beach, and steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perth itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, Trigg, Warnbro Beach
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Swan River ©
Swan River
Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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You can fly from Perth to Broome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Perth in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Broome, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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