59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + train:  26​h
1
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Montreal

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
For shopping fun, head to Lost Bear Gallery or Falls Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Katoomba Antique Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). On the 25th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba travel route planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Katoomba is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Katoomba. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montreal in March; daily highs in Katoomba reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney trip maker .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Relax by the water at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Get outdoors at Mt Gower and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online travel planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. National Gallery of Victoria and National Sports Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 12th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the galleries of Buxton Contemporary, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne takes 6 hours. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, trek along Kuniya Walk, and make a trip to Field of Light.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Get outdoors at Motor Car Falls and Twin Falls. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and take in the dramatic scenery at Maguk Falls.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cow Bay and see Cow Bay Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online journey builder .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge, Cow Bay Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Take a break from the city and head to Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Bloomfield Waterfall, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

11
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 Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Region, Tanks Arts Centre, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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