60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
8
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
12
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stop by Australian Leather Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation day trip site .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

5
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.
Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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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 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary builder website .

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 December, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Perth to be a bit cooler, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 3rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 6:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Katoomba is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, stroll through Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island vacation planner .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and stroll around Roma Street Parkland.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Sea World Theme Park, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
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, head off the coast to Waddy Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and make a trip to K'gari.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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