60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
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
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
12
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
13
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​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 with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 3rd (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online vacation planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
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 Cider Company (in Bilpin), Anvil Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). On the 14th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and admire the natural beauty at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Katoomba tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Katoomba is somewhat warmer than Canberra - with highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Dryridge Estate, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

7
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker site .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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: stroll through Ned's Beach, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
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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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, make a trip to K'gari, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 4th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Myall Beach), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
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 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

2
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, make a trip to Field of Light, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In May in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Fremantle Prison, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Perth vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Three Capes Track (in Port Arthur). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Hobart takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Hobart is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Perth in May, with highs in Hobart at 18°C and lows at 7°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art, Three Capes Track
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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