60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + foot + train:  20​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h
2
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Darwin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Townsville
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
11
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
13
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Seattle

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay), Mount Warning Summit Trail (in Mount Warning) and Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker site .

Seattle, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Seattle to Gold Coast. In July, Gold Coast is little chillier than Seattle - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Walking Track, Mount Warning Summit Trail
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Deep Woods Estate Winery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cowaramup Bay and Margaret River Mouth Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Yallingup (Smiths Beach, Ngilgi Cave, & more) and Busselton (Scuba & Snorkeling & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, learn about winemaking at Stormflower Vineyard, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Margaret River trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Gold Coast to Margaret River in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Margaret River is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Cowaramup, Busselton, Wilyabrup, Boranup
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Broome Historical Museum and Catholic Diocese of Broome. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cable Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, play a few rounds at Broome Golf Club, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, and take in the exciting artwork at The Courthouse Collection.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Broome sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Berry Springs Nature Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Aviation Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls, Magnetic Termite Mounds, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Thu) at Darwin Waterfront. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and explore the galleries of Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin online holiday planner .

You can fly from Broome to Darwin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Broome to Darwin. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Broome in July, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:
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Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Hot Springs. Visiting Katherine Outback Experience and Katherine Gorge will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Edith Falls, stroll through Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Katherine road trip site .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Katherine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Darwin in July, plan for little chillier nights in Katherine, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Helicopter Tours
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Visiting Alice Springs Desert Park and Walking tours will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alice Springs Reptile Centre and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, admire the verdant scenery at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Katherine to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Katherine in July, things will get little chillier in Alice Springs: highs are around 69°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path. Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta and Lungkata Walk. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Daintree (Photography Tours & Tranquility Falls) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 80°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wooroonooran National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Wooroonooran National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Visiting Castle Hill and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as The Strand and Alligator Falls Track. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, Townsville is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Queensland
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Big Mama Sailing, look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island day trip planning tool .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In August, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Horseshoe Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Cumberland Charter Yachts. Venture out of the city with trips to Grays Bay (in Bowen) and Hydeaway Bay Beach (in Hydeaway Bay). Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, choose your vessel at Whitsunday Boat Hire, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in August, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be somewhat warmer, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands, Hydeaway Bay Beach, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get outdoors at Jenolan Caves and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Three Sisters and Blue Mountains. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of Ferns Walk in Mt Wilson (about 40 minutes away). On the 25th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Pulpit Rock Lookout, and do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Katoomba takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, you will find days in Katoomba are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains National Park, Cathedral of Ferns Walk, Jenolan Caves, Perry's Lookdown
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bouddi National Park and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visiting Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip builder .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bouddi National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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