58 days in Australia Itinerary

58 days in Australia Itinerary

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58 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mackay
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Nambucca Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
15
Nelson Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv


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4
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 St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 25th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip website .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
On the 4th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then stroll through The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Townsville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 8th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, explore the activities along Heart Reef, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stop by Whitsunday Opals.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach route planner.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Bucasia Beach and then grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay online trip builder .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Burrum Heads Beach. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to St Paul's Church and Bell Tower (in Maryborough) and Lychee Divine (in Tiaro).

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Fraser Island with the Route module. Traveling from Mackay in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Lychee Divine, Burrum Heads Beach, St Paul's Church and Bell Tower
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa National Park and Peregian Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli) and Coolum Beach (Mount Coolum & Lows Lookout). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Noosa Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and tour the water at your own pace with Lake Escapades.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa journey planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Lake Escapades, Sunshine Castle, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses. Step out of the city life by going to Kings Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maleny: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Maleny online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Maleny, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Chenrezig Institute
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

4
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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Get some historical perspective at Wolston Farmhouse and Fort Lytton National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and admire the landmark architecture of Customs House.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. November in Brisbane sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Wolston Farmhouse
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get some historical perspective at Fingal Head Lighthouse and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets, make a trip to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Lennox Head Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in December, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Nambucca Heads.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

1
night
Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads ©
Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to V-Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and then kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nambucca Heads trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Nambucca Heads takes an hour. December in Nambucca Heads sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
V-Wall ©
V-Wall

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get in touch with nature at Saltwater National Park and Coastal walk. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and make a trip to Breakwall.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Getting from Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Nambucca Heads in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Saltwater National Park
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

4
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Get outdoors at Jimmy's Beach and Nobbys Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Maitland Gaol (in East Maitland) and Newcastle (Nobbys Head, Christ Church Cathedral, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, enjoy the sand and surf at Zenith Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip maker app .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Nelson Bay hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newcastle, Shoal Bay, Jimmy's Beach, Maitland Gaol, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Relax by the water at Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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