57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Arthur
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Coles Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Launceston
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Thornton Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Bones and Jones. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Wonga Beach (in Wonga Beach). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. In April, Cairns is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Wonga Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Thornton Beach
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Double Island Point Lighthouse and then stroll through Rainbow Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rainbow Beach trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Rainbow Beach with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Norries Head (in Cabarita), Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & Nepalese Pagoda) and Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Dicky Beach). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse.

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You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Caloundra, Norries Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Opossum Bay Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Old and New Art and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Wobbly Boot Vineyard (in Campania), Pooseum (in Richmond) and St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and admire the striking features of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in April, with highs in Hobart at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Berriedale, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Moonah Arts Centre, Shene Tasmania
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 5:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

5
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites. We've included these beaches for you: Lime Bay State Reserve and Fortescue Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Coal Mines Historic Site in Saltwater River (about 38 minutes away).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Arthur online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Coal Mines Historic Site, Maria Island National Park
Find places to stay May 5 — 10:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

5
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Step out of the city life by going to Wineglass Bay Lookout and Freycinet National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea), Denison Beach (in Bicheno) and Raspins Beach (in Orford). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

Discover how to plan a Coles Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Freycinet, Cranbrook, Denison Beach, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Raspins Beach
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, grab your bike and head to Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, and then steep yourself in history at Chinese Heritage Mining Area. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then take in the exciting artwork at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St Helens trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to St Helens takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, Chinese Heritage Mining Area
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails ©
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

4
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve and The Tamar Valley will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Loira Vines (in Sidmouth), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and The Low Head Lighthouse (in Low Head). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, explore the galleries of Tasmanian Glassblowers, learn about winemaking at Bell & Gong, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Launceston day trip planner .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longford, Loira Vines, The Low Head Lighthouse, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tasmanian Glassblowers
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

8
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanic Gardens and St. Kilda Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in May, things will get a bit warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill, Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay May 21 — 29:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

7
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Adelaide Oval and Langmeil Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Art Gallery of South Australia and Migration Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale III Associates, Fox Creek Wines, & more), Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and Carrickalinga Beach (in Carrickalinga). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, and learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum.

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Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Adelaide sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Glenelg, Semaphore Beach, ISKCON Adelaide, Henley Beach
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 5:
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Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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