60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
3
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Esperance
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
6
Palm Cove
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
11
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
12
Jervis Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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 get in some beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Quinns Rocks Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Warnbro Beach and Sorrento Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Secret Harbour Beach (in Secret Harbour) and Fremantle Markets (in Fremantle). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, explore the activities along Swan River, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Perth is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect nights in Perth to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sorrento Beach, Secret Harbour Beach, Warnbro Beach, Fremantle Markets, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

5
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Jewel Cave. Visit Surfers Point and Smiths Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Lake Cave, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll through Cowaramup Bay, and do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planner.

You can drive from Perth to Margaret River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, McLeod Creek Wines, Smiths Beach, Surfers Point
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Relax by the water at Turquoise Bay and Wobiri Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Osprey Bay and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Bundegi Beach, and stroll through Mauritius Beach.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. November in Exmouth sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

4
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Le Grand National Park and Blue Haven Beach. Relax by the water at Twilight Bay and Hellfire Bay. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Thistle Cove, stroll through Fourth Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Observatory Point and Lookout.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Esperance tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Exmouth to Esperance takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Exmouth in November: high temperatures in Esperance hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gantheaume Point. Visit Broome Town Beach and Reddell Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roebuck Bay, take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, and identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Broome trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Esperance to Broome in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Esperance in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Broome, with highs around 39°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, then stop by Coffee Works, and then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Palm Cove holiday tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Broome to Palm Cove in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Broome in November, expect Palm Cove to be little chillier, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Botanical Gardens, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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 Grays Bay and Horseshoe Bay. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and get a new perspective on things with Whitsunday Boat Hire.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Palm Cove to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Dalpura Beach (in Macleay Island) and Roma Street Parkland (in Brisbane). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tugun Beach, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for little chillier nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Roma Street Parkland, Dalpura Beach
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

5
nights
Byron Bay

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Turners Beach and Broken Head Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Byron Walking Track and Lennox Head Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Iluka (in Iluka), Spooky Beach (in Angourie) and Yamba (Main Beach Yamba, Yamba Pedal Boats, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, and relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip website .

Drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Iluka, Spooky Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. Visit Coles Bay Jetty and Wineglass Bay Lookout for some beach relaxation. Step out of Coles Bay with an excursion to Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery in St Marys--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Byron Bay to Coles Bay by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

4
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bendalong Beach and Greenfield Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Callala Beach and Murrays Beach. Take a break from Jervis Bay with a short trip to Malua Bay Beach in Malua Bay, about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cave Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jervis Bay trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coles Bay to Jervis Bay. In December, daily temperatures in Jervis Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bendalong Beach, Malua Bay Beach, Seven Mile Beach National Park, Cabbage Beach, Callala Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

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Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cellito Beach and Bennetts Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Elizabeth Beach and Jimmy's Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Fingal Bay Beach in Fingal Bay (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Burgess Beach, Forster and try for a hole-in-one at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Forster road trip planning website .

You can drive from Jervis Bay to Forster in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range & Water Golf, Cellito Beach, Fingal Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Forster to Sydney by car takes about 4 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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