59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Wollongong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Coles Bay
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Maryborough
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
10
Esperance
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
11
Albany
— 11 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Accra

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Caves Beach and Terrigal Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redhead Beach and Jenolan Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Featherdale Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner .

Accra, Ghana to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ghana Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Accra in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Redhead Beach, Palm Beach, Caves Beach, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

3
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Callala Beach and Blenheim Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Werri Beach and Cabbage Beach. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Tien Temple and stroll through Austinmer Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wollongong trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Wollongong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Wollongong, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blenheim Beach, Cabbage Beach, Werri Beach, Callala Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Austinmer Beach ©
Austinmer Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Cabbage Beach ©
Cabbage Beach

4
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Questacon and Old Parliament House. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and identify plant and animal life at Floriade.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Wollongong to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wollongong in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Floriade ©
Floriade
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and George's 40,000 Castle Lights will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blowhole Beach and Stokes Beach. Step out of Kangaroo Island with an excursion to Carrickalinga Beach in Carrickalinga--about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and indulge your taste buds at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island tour app .

Getting from Canberra to Kangaroo Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Blowhole Beach, Carrickalinga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Point Leo Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of Ballarat and Federation Square. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea), Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and Daylesford (Spas & Wellness & Stony Creek Gallery). There's still lots to do: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, kick back and relax at Mount Martha Beach, and meet the residents at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Ocean Beach, Stony Creek Gallery, Portsea Back Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Stony Creek Gallery ©
Stony Creek Gallery
Point Leo Beach ©
Point Leo Beach

6
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seven Mile Beach and Opossum Bay Beach. Let the collections at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Shene Tasmania (in Pontville), St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland) and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna). On the 20th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip builder site .

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Richmond, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Shene Tasmania, Seven Mile Beach, Opossum Bay Beach
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach

5
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wineglass Bay Lookout and Friendly Beaches. St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers and Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery (in St Marys), Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Freycinet, Bicheno, Cranbrook
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Gala Estate Vineyard ©
Gala Estate Vineyard

1
day
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Maryborough City Hall, examine the collection at Whistle Stop Rail Museum, then examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maryborough Family Heritage Institute.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Maryborough journey planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coles Bay to Maryborough. January in Maryborough sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute ©
Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum
Maryborough City Hall ©
Maryborough City Hall

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Des Spencer Galleries (in Port Douglas). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Maryborough to Cairns with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Le Grand National Park and Hellfire Bay. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thistle Cove and Twilight Bay. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach, stroll through Munglinup Beach, contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Section Glass Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Esperance trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Esperance by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Esperance is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get slightly colder in Esperance: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park

11
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Visit Greens Pool and Cheynes Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands), Denmark (Lights Beach, Anvil Beach, & more) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nanarup Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Misery Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Albany trip planner .

Drive from Esperance to Albany in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Albany are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Lowlands Beach, Mandalay Beach, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lights Beach ©
Lights Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

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