57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Leura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Head to Melbourne Central and The White Room Interiorsfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and examine the collection at National Sports Museum.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online holiday planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, then see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, and finally explore the galleries of Strathnairn Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

4
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Shop till you drop at Falls Gallery and Lost Bear Gallery. Get in touch with nature at The National Pass and Prince Henry Cliff Walk. When in Leura, make a side trip to see Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum in Valley Heights, approximately 44 minutes away. On the 27th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and explore the galleries of Gallery One88.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Leura driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Canberra to Leura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Leura, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Megalong Creek Estate, The National Pass, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Perry's Lookdown
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

8
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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 6th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island visit planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9.5 hours. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Des Spencer Galleries. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Get outdoors at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation route planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Visit Trinity Beach and Nudey Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre in Atherton, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yellow Water and Warradjan Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, get outside with Lake Jabiru, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge

3
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.
Walkatjara Art and Uluru are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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