57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Townsville
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
9
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Lake Wendouree. Take a break from the city and head to 13th Beach and Somers Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford), Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Y Water Discovery Centre, stop by Tyde, kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach, and wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yea, Eastern Beach Reserve, Lake Wendouree, Rye Ocean Beach, 13th Beach
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Balloon Rides
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

6
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Wentworth Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Werri Beach (in Gerringong) and Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls & Blue Mountains). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Justice & Police Museum, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and explore the galleries of Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Werri Beach, Shelly Beach, Kiama Blowhole
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, admire all the interesting features of The National Pass, then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally get great views at Anvil Rock Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Cathedral of Ferns Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Bebeah, then get great views at Hanging Rock, and finally stroll through Grand Canyon track.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Blue Mountains National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mt Wilson, Rick Rutherford's Country, Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Montville (Montville Art Gallery & Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith) and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace (in Gold Coast). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Brisbane. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Montville, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 24:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitsunday Islands National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery and don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

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

Fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

5
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Grays Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock & Horseshoe Bay). Spend the 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a tour by water with Whitsunday Boat Hire.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Artspace Mackay and Greenmount Homestead. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bucasia Beach and Lamberts Lookout. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamberts Beach, identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, and enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mackay visit planner.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

4
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get some cultural insight at Ayr Nature Display and The Drill Hall Studio. Get outdoors at The Strand and Billabong Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Castle Hill, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, take in the exciting artwork at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, and identify plant and animal life at Little Crystal Creek.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville online travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Townsville. In March in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ayr Nature Display
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 12th (Tue), get interesting insight from Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Northern Tours and Grassy Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cooktown History Centre and Cooktown War Memorial. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Endeavour River National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, experience rural life at Alkoomie Station, take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown online tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

5
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.
Get outdoors at Agincourt Reef and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Port Douglas Boat Hire. Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Safaris

9
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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas & Wellness about 30 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get a new perspective on things with Boab Boat Cairns, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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