60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

5
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 Brisbane's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, SunJet Simulations
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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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, trek along Fraser Island Great Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). On the 19th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at Govetts Leap, hike along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. May in Katoomba sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Megalong Valley, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

6
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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through The Rocks, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 31st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 28th (Tue) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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 1st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and then have fun at The Nostalgia Box Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth day trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, trek along Kuniya Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker app .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

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
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to 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
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

4
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 Port Douglas with a short trip to Wonga Beach in Wonga Beach, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Daintree (Daintree Tea, Elizas Gallery, & more) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 20:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

8
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Green Island, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Macalister Brewing Company, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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