60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Townsville
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
14
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
15
Coffs Harbour
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  3​h 15​min
16
Manly
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
17
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Exeter

3
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Beach and Skydiving. Venture out of the city with trips to Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz), Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, relax in the rural setting at Fruit Forest Farm, enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, and take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach itinerary planner .

Exeter, UK to Mission Beach is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Mission Beach is 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Golden Gumboot, Hinchinbrook Island, Fruit Forest Farm, Wooroonooran National Park, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Magnetic Island National Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island tour builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

4
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Billabong Sanctuary and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, hike along Many Peaks Walking Track, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Townsville vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Queensland
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Passage Peak. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island road trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Townsville to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Spas & Wellness. On the 5th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip maker tool .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Explore hidden gems such as Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Mon Repos. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Hummock Lookout (in Bundaberg) and Childers (Brierley Wines, military and memorabilia museum, & more). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, and make a trip to The Pier.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Maryborough, Childers
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at 1770 Distillery, then take an in-depth tour of Agnes Water Museum, then explore and take pictures at Paperbark Forest Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lions Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Agnes Water visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Agnes Water with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Lions Park
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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Lions Park ©
Lions Park
Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum

2
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 20th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, and then go for a stroll along the water at Carlo Point Marina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then stroll through Rainbow Beach.

Make your Rainbow Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Carlo Point Marina ©
Carlo Point Marina

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Beach and Noosa River. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, look for gifts at The Real McCaul, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noosa holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kings Beach, Kondalilla Falls, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Suncorp Stadium and Eagle Street Pier. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Belongil Beach. Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Lennox Head Boardwalk in Lennox Head, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and view the masterpieces at Thomgallery.

Plan trip to Byron Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic and Dorrigo National Park. Explore Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to South West Rocks (Maritime Museum South West Rocks, Trial Bay Gaol, & more). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bindarri National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip planning tool .

Drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, Bindarri National Park, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

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nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blackbutt Reserve and Nobbys Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Reptile Park (in Gosford), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Newcastle (Newcastle Museum, Watt Street Wharf, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, kick back and relax at Palm Beach, and explore the activities along Aquafun Avoca Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manly trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Coffs Harbour to Manly takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newcastle, Terrigal Beach, Australian Reptile Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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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: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sydney fast, fun, and easy.

Sydney is very close to Manly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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