59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

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

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Bilpin (Bilpin Springs Orchard & Bilpin Cider Company), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jannei Goat Dairy (in Lithgow). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, hike along Fortress Rock, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and stroll through Lockleys Pylon Walking Track.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip builder site .

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Katoomba hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Blackheath, Bilpin, Megalong Valley
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Katoomba in September, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

5
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 out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Start your trip to Brisbane by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five 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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Fraser Island in October, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Daintree (Daintree Tea, Photography Tours, & more), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, stroll through Myall Beach, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mowbray National Park, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Golf Club, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Kuniya Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

You can plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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