59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Palm Cove
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Sydney
— 16 nights
End: Sydney

5
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary site .

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Cove: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation Beach, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palm Cove day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Palm Cove in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Palm Cove: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Trinity Beach, Henry Ross Lookout
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island travel route builder site .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Palm Cove to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon make great kid-friendly stops. On the 27th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and finally meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Koorana Crocodile Farm, and then stroll through Hartley Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, you will find days in Rockhampton are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are slightly colder (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Hartley Park, Koorana Crocodile Farm
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at WetSide Water Park, don't miss a visit to Australiana Cottage Crafts, stop by Le Petit Chocolatier, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online trip planner .

You can drive from Seventeen Seventy to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. December in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Mary Poppins Statue
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Take a break from Noosa with a short trip to Charlie Moreland Camping Area in Kenilworth, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Noosa Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noosa online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Escapades, Charlie Moreland Camping Area, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): find something for the whole family at The Ginger Factory, then meet the residents at Australia Zoo, and then let little ones run wild at Buderim Lions Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba trip builder .

You can drive from Noosa to Mooloolaba in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Buderim Lions Park, The Ginger Factory, Australia Zoo, Aqua Fun Park
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

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Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Dreamworld, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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.
Bring the kids along to Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, find something for the whole family at Macadamia Castle, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online day trip planner .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Macadamia Castle
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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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 18th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and then take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Clog Barn, pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in December: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Bring the kids along to Seal Rocks and Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Trial Bay Gaol) and The Coastal Brewing Co (in Forster). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

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Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Forster, Wauchope, South West Rocks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©
Seal Rocks ©
Seal Rocks

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Sydney

Bring the kids along to Powerhouse Museum and Jenolan Caves. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Leura Cascades (in Leura), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout, The Three Sisters, & more). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy Sydney some more: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and kick back and relax at Clontarf Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, Allman Park, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 9:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Powerhouse Museum ©
Powerhouse Museum
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

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