60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Shellharbour
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
9
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
12
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like South Australian Museum and Langmeil Winery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cedars and ISKCON Adelaide. Venture out of the city with trips to Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock) and National Motor Museum (in Birdwood). Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, learn about all things military at Army Museum of South Australia, and see the interesting displays at South Australian Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Adelaide travel route builder tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Adelaide is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. In January, Adelaide is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Port Adelaide, Murray Street Vineyards, Army Museum of South Australia, The Cedars, Adelaide Gaol
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

1
day
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Ballarat, get engrossed in the history at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, then take an in-depth tour of Sovereign Hill, and finally examine the collection at Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ballarat road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Adelaide to Ballarat in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Ballarat is a bit cooler than Adelaide - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute ©
Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Appreciate the collections at The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum and Trafalgar Holden Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cowes: Town & Country Gallery (in Yarragon) and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (in Mornington). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, and do a tasting at Phillip Island Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cowes trip website .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Cowes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Rhyll, Ventnor, Newhaven, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Victoria and Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, and explore the world behind art at ArtVo.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route site .

Drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Scienceworks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Visit The National Pass and Hartley Historic Site for their historical value. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Kurrajong Radio Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Lithgow (Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Eskbank House and Museum, & more) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shellharbour.

Things to do in Katoomba

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lithgow, Blackheath, Kurrajong Radio Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Hartley Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

3
nights
Shellharbour

Shellharbour ©
Shellharbour is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Get some cultural insight at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Fleet Air Arm Museum. HARS Aviation Museum and Berrima District Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Shellharbour side-trips: Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral), Fleet Air Arm Museum (in Nowra) and Bou-saada Vineyard and Wines (in Mittagong). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Nattai National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnamurra Falls and examine the collection at Illawarra Light Railway Museum.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Shellharbour day trip planning site .

Getting from Katoomba to Shellharbour by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Shellharbour

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Nattai National Park, Minnamurra Falls, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Bou-saada Vineyard and Wines
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
HARS Aviation Museum ©
HARS Aviation Museum

4
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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and stroll through Indian Head.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island journey builder .

Explore your travel options from Shellharbour to Fraser Island with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shellharbour in January: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Maleny.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mapleton Observatory and Artisans Gallery. Let the collections at Art on Cairncross and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Yandina (Yandina Historic House & Wappa Falls Astronomical Observatory), Podie Pie (in Nambour) and Tina Cooper Gallery (in Eumundi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, see the interesting displays at Landsborough Museum, brush up on your military savvy at TAVAS Aviation Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. In..

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Maleny day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Maleny in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Yandina, Nambour, Eumundi, Ewen Maddock Dam
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Mapleton Observatory ©
Mapleton Observatory

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.
Queensland Art Gallery and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Mooloolaba to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 10th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner .

You can drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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.
Get some cultural insight at Above & Below Photography Gallery and Proserpine Museum. Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Thu), 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 more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

4
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. Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with The Bump Track, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cape Tribulation trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Let the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Village Gallery capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Underart Gallery. 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. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, cast your line with a fishing tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Village Gallery, Historic Village Herberton
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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