59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Mackay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 7 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
9
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Dusseldorf

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 Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Shop till you drop at Doongal Aboriginal Art and Cairns Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at The Crystal Caves, and admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online vacation planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in August, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades, Millaa Millaa Falls, The Crystal Caves, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Kuniya Walk and Walkatjara Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Discovery Centre and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Janbal Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). Spend the 29th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 27th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Daintree Discovery Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, and then view the masterpieces at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then shop like a local with Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cooktown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Strand and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Townsville Town Common Conservation Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Townsville travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Big Mama Sailing and Magnetic Island National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Magnetic Island Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island travel route builder website .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Smalleys Beach and Harbour Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Town Beach and Lamberts Lookout. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Hillsborough National Park. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space, and examine the collection at Melba House.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackay tour planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Mackay. In September in Mackay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough, Melba House
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Harbour Beach ©
Harbour Beach
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

7
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Colour Me Crazy and Grotty Yachty Clothing. Step out of the city life by going to Airlie Beach Lagoon and Horseshoe Bay. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Bowen (Grays Bay & Mother Beddock Rock). There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online trip planner .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in September, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and MaisyMoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Beach and Kirra Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Robina Town Shopping Centre (in Robina), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Marina Mirage (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, snap pictures at Story Bridge, stop by Fudgyboombahs, and hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Brisbane. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Maroochydore Beach, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Munmorah State Conservation Area and The Nook. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Captain Chocolate (in Jannali) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Nook, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Shelly Beach, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Captain Chocolate
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 5:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Street. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat), St Anne's Winery (in Bacchus Marsh) and Daylesford (The Mill Markets & Stony Creek Gallery). There's much more to do: stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve, stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ballarat, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 12:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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