58 days in Australia Itinerary

58 days in Australia Itinerary

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58 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Drive:  3​h
1
Margaret River
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Broome
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
7
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Ballarat
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Perth

5
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Escape the urban bustle at Meelup Beach and Lake Cave. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Point and Gnarabup Beach. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Yallingup Beach) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, look for gifts at Payet Gallery, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and stroll through Hamelin Bay.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip itinerary site .

Perth to Margaret River is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Perth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Metricup, Cowaramup, Yallingup, Boranup, Whirlwind Olives and Oil
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

6
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Back Beach. Do your shopping at Fremantle Markets and Penny Farthing Sweets. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah), Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's much more to do: stroll through Scarborough Beach, head off the coast to Penguin Island, see the vivid underwater world at Lancelin Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth day trip planning app .

You can drive from Margaret River to Perth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lancelin, Caversham Wildlife Park, Mandurah Cruises, Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

5
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Get outdoors at Cable Beach and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Do your shopping at The Sandalwood Gallery Broome and Galwey Pearls of Distinction. Spend the 15th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Reddell Beach, identify plant and animal life at Broome Bird Observatory, look for gifts at Willie Creek Pearls Cable Beach Showroom, and explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Broome journey builder site .

You can fly from Perth to Broome in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Perth in January since evenings lows in Broome dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Head to Readback Books and Aboriginal Art and Mbantua Fine Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Crocosaurus Cove and Territory Wildlife Park. There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Offshore Boats, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, view the masterpieces at Nomad Art Gallery, and browse the different shops at The Book Shop Darwin.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Darwin online trip builder .

You can fly from Broome to Darwin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Darwin are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Offshore Boats ©
Offshore Boats

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Take a break from the city and head to Alice Springs Desert Park and Mount Gillen. Explore hidden gems such as Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Trephina Gorge Nature Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Trephina Gorge Nature Park ©
Trephina Gorge Nature Park

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge and Daintree National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Coffee Works, & more). Spend the 25th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip builder .

Getting from Alice Springs to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Broken Head Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pippi Beach and Turners Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor (in Iluka) and Main Beach Yamba (in Yamba). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach, Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

6
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.
Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Bogangar and see You and Bamboo, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning website .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

You and Bamboo
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Point Leo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ocean Beach and 13th Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen), Mount Martha Beach (in Mt Martha) and Y Water Discovery Centre (in Yea). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Portsea Back Beach, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and stroll through Sorrento Back Beach.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Merricks General Store, Ocean Beach, Mount Martha Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Y Water Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre

5
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Do your shopping at Talbot Farmers’ Market and Portal 108. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Wendouree and Ballarat Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballarat: Overwrought Garden Art (in Blampied), Ballan Farmers Market (in Ballan) and Beaufort (Imperial Egg Gallery & Michael Unwin Wines). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Lake Daylesford, browse the fresh offerings at Maldon Market, and look for gifts at The Restorers Barn.

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Getting from Melbourne to Ballarat by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Ballarat are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daylesford, Beaufort, Castlemaine, Portal 108, Ballan Farmers Market
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Talbot Farmers’ Market ©
Talbot Farmers’ Market
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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