60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Rockhampton
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Townsville
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Bowen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
13
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
14
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manly, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trial Bay Gaol and Korora Lookout. Get a sense of the local culture at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery and Two Tails Wines. Step out of Coffs Harbour with an excursion to Maritime Museum South West Rocks in South West Rocks--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Two Tails Wines, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:
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Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

3
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.
Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Pat Morton Lookout will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wategos Beach and Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Hastings Point Headland in Hastings Point--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth.

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Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Victoria Park Nature Reserve ©
Victoria Park Nature Reserve

5
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 Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. On the 29th (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Vincent's Catholic Church, explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

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You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gallery of Modern Art and The Workshops Rail Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daisy Hill Conservation Park and St Helena Island National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shorncliffe Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane travel planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Daisy Hill Conservation Park, The Workshops Rail Museum, Wynnum Esplanade
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Get some cultural insight at Double Island Point Lighthouse and Caboolture Historical Village. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Farmers Market, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

Plan trip to Noosa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Caboolture Historical Village, Double Island Point Lighthouse, Point Cartwright, Mount Coolum, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Burrum Heads Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive and Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum. Step out of Hervey Bay with an excursion to Wanggoolba Creek in Fraser Island--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, enjoy some diversion at Point Dayman Park, and admire the striking features of Customs House Interpretive Centre.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay sightseeing website .

Getting from Noosa to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach, Wanggoolba Creek
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

3
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rockhampton Heritage Village and Archer Park Rail Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Capricorn Caves and Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Take a break from Rockhampton with a short trip to Yeppoon Main Beach in Yeppoon, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Alkoomi Adventure Farm, browse the exhibits of Rockhampton Art Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Rod Laver.

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Getting from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton by combination of taxi and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Yeppoon Main Beach
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm

5
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.
Visit National Trust Heritage Centre and St James Cathedral for their historical value. Get outdoors at The Strand and Alligator Falls Track. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Rockhampton to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rockhampton in September since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bowling Green Bay National Park ©
Bowling Green Bay National Park

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Town Beach, then get great views at Lamberts Lookout, and then identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mackay trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Townsville to Mackay. In September, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

1
night
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bowen trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mackay to Bowen in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Proserpine Museum and Above & Below Photography. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Airlie Beach Lagoon and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Spend the 23rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, choose your vessel at Airlie Boat Hire, and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bowen to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bowen in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Proserpine Museum, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. Get outdoors at Whitsunday Islands National Park and Hamilton Island Golf Club. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Jetryder, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, and browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Josephine Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anzac Park, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in September, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Herberton, Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Birdworld Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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