58 days in Australia Itinerary

58 days in Australia Itinerary

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58 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Angaston
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Faulconbridge
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
11
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
12
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h
13
Caloundra
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Helsinki

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. Get outdoors at Twin Falls and Anbangbang Billabong. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Koolpin Gorge, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Helsinki, Finland to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Angaston.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge

1
night
Angaston

Angaston ©
Angaston is a town on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, 77 km northeast of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Barossa Valley Cheese Company, learn about winemaking at Seppeltsfield, then do a tasting at Flaxman Wines, then look for gifts at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and finally stop by Doddridge Blacksmith Shop. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Tscharke's Place, do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, then look for gifts at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, and finally do a tasting at Whistler Wines.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Angaston itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Angaston with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Angaston are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Angaston

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Marananga, Flaxman Wines, Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Seppeltsfield, Murray Street Vineyards
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

3
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 in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and stroll through Cow Bay Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Angaston to Cape Tribulation. Traveling from Angaston in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cape Tribulation, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Shop till you drop at Coffee Works and With Sugar. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mowbray National Park, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

5
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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Smithfield Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), trek along Kuniya Walk, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and then stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take a stroll through Degraves Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
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 7th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney journey tool .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in January, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. On the 15th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, then stop by The Nook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Rick Rutherford's Country, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, stop by The Candy Store Leura, then buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, and finally stop by Victory Theatre Antique Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Faulconbridge trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Faulconbridge takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Faulconbridge to Fraser Island with the Route module. Traveling from Faulconbridge in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Caloundra.

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

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Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Art on Cairncrossfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), The Real McCaul (in Eumundi) and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane).

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Caloundra road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Lord Howe Island to Caloundra in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. January in Caloundra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Maroochydore, Eumundi, Maleny, Chocolate Country
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 30:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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