56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Broome
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 30:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

8
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 4th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get your game on at Zero Latency, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 7:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 10th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Broome online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Broome in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Broome to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Broome

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Walking tours

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Broome to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 18:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

6
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 19th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Tue) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mindil Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner .

Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

6
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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in September, things will get a bit cooler in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Golf Club, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Sep 24 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Cow Bay Beach). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, stroll through Thornton Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

7
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas & Wellness, & more). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Figtree Playground, and take some stellar pictures from Earl Hill.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Barron Gorge National Park, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour builder app .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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