60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Perth
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Leura
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
10
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fremantle Prison and All Saints Anglican Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Perth Mint and The Nostalgia Box Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle History Walking Tour (in Fremantle), Old Blythewood (in Pinjarra) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). There's much more to do: stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip maker website .

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Perth to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle, All Saints Anglican Church, Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine, Caversham Wildlife Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. Get some historical perspective at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Arnhem Land Escarpment, take in the dramatic scenery at Maguk Falls, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, trek along Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Dedicate the 22nd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday maker site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mugga-Mugga Cottage and St John the Baptist Church. Australian War Memorial and National Museum of Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get curious at Questacon, browse the exhibits of Strathnairn Gallery, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mugga-Mugga Cottage ©
Mugga-Mugga Cottage
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Popular historic sites such as The National Pass and Hartley Historic Site are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Megalong Creek Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Leura side-trips: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights), Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley) and Lithgow (Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Blackfellows Hand Cave, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Leura trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Leura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, Leura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lithgow, Katoomba, Bilpin, Blackheath, Kurrajong Radio Museum
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Hartley Historic Village ©
Hartley Historic Village

8
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Darling Harbour and Vaucluse House. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see The Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Australiana Pioneer Village
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & SunJet Simulations). Spend the 13th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, walk around Roma Street Parkland, and get your game on at South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Lighthouses, Chenrezig Institute
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in February since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre in Atherton, about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read 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 February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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