55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + train:  9​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Forster
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Hobart
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
9
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
10
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
11
Esperance
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
12
Margaret River
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Copenhagen

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atherton Tablelands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Cairns. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach and explore the activities along Noosa River.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Noosa using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Port Douglas to Noosa in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

3
nights
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'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Broken Head Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Arakwal National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planning website .

You can drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cellito Beach and Elizabeth Beach. Get outdoors at Tomaree Head and Jimmy's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Forster: Bennetts Beach (in Hawks Nest) and Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Seven Mile Beach and get all the equipment you need at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Forster driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Forster takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. November in Forster sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Saltwater National Park, Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf, Elizabeth Beach, Cellito Beach
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bendalong Beach and Malua Bay Beach. Get outdoors at Callala Beach and Blenheim Beach. Take a break from Jervis Bay with a short trip to Broulee Island Walk in Broulee, about 1h 55 min away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenfield Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Murrays Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jervis Bay online day trip planner .

Drive from Forster to Jervis Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. November in Jervis Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach, Malua Bay Beach, Broulee Island Walk
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The Three Sisters (in Katoomba), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker site .

Take a train from Jervis Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jervis Bay in November since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Jenolan Caves, Cathedral of Ferns Walk
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. Get some historical perspective at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Australian Convict Sites (in Port Arthur). On the 19th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and indulge your taste buds at Cascade Brewery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Seven Mile Beach, Australian Convict Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Visiting Port Campbell National Park and Great Ocean Walk will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twelve Apostles and Mait's Rest. Take a break from Port Campbell with a short trip to Johanna Beach in Johanna, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, make a trip to Gibsons Steps, and get great views at Loch Ard Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, Johanna Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get outdoors at Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Stokes Beach and explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip builder tool .

Getting from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

3
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Le Grand National Park and Blue Haven Beach. Relax by the water at Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Esperance visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Esperance takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Esperance, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Esperance sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

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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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Surfers Point will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Cowaramup Bay and Hamelin Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave), Yallingup (Injidup Beach, Ngilgi Cave, & more) and Cape Naturaliste (Bunker Bay & Cape Naturaliste Walking Trails). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, hike along Redgate Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Margaret River day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Esperance to Margaret River in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching