60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

10
nights
Melbourne

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 10th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

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

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 16:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

11
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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Wategos Beach (in Byron Bay). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip website .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Wategos Beach
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 5:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

9
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: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & HMAS Brisbane), Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha) and Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Buderim, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Mount Ngungun
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 14:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Daintree Entomological museum, & more) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Coffee Works, get outside with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

7
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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

4
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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