60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
12
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Zurich

5
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Village Gallery and Bones and Jones. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

5
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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, stroll through Myall Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation route planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Des Spencer Galleries and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen will get you outdoors.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island itinerary maker .

Getting from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

7
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk and Clovelly Beach. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In April in Sydney, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Take a break from the city and head to The National Pass and Wentworth Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Perry's Lookdown (in Blackheath) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Kanangra-Boyd National Park. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, get great views at The Three Sisters, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Katoomba online vacation maker .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Katoomba, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The National Pass
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia. National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Questacon, steep yourself in history at Mugga-Mugga Cottage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra travel route planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Canberra is a bit cooler than Katoomba - with highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Take a break from the city and head to Koala Conservation Centre and Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowes Beach, kick back and relax at YCW Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Conservation Hill Reserve, and Head underground at Forrest Caves.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cowes trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Canberra to Cowes in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in May since evenings lows in Cowes dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Newhaven, Summerlands, Rhyll, YCW Beach
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
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Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©

6
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 Uniting Church Gospel Hall Melbourne. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne journey builder .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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 and Kata Tjuta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get great views at Uluru.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Yellow Water and Twin Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To plan Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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