60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rockhampton
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Maryborough
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 7 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Devonport
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
13
Kalgoorlie-Boulder
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
14
Perth
— 6 nights
End: Perth

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Safaris, & more). Spend the 20th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
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.
Head to Ayr Nature Display and Pinnacles Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at The Drill Hall Studio and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Spend the 28th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get engrossed in the history at Townsville Museum and Historical Society.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Ayr Nature Display
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Capricorn Caves and Rockhampton Art Gallery. Mount Morgan Historical Museum and FLOW Visitors Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockhampton: Emu Park (Anzac Plaza Emu Park & Singing Ship), Yeppoon (Keppel Kraken, Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, & more) and "Big" Mount Morgan Dam (in Mount Morgan). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, appreciate the history behind Rod Laver, brush up on your military savvy at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, and examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum.

Before you visit Rockhampton, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Emu Park, Mount Morgan
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Mount Morgan Historical Museum ©
Mount Morgan Historical Museum

3
nights
Maryborough

Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mary Ann Steam Locomotive and Maryborough City Hall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Palace Backpackers Memorial. Explore Maryborough's surroundings by going to Brierley Wines (in Childers), Burrum Heads Beach (in Burrum Heads) and Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts (in Urangan). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, and explore the galleries of Customs House Interpretive Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Maryborough journey maker app .

Explore your travel options from Rockhampton to Maryborough with the Route module. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you will find days in Maryborough are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maryborough

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Hervey Bay, Childers, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Maroochydore Beach and Bulcock Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chenrezig Institute and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Opals Down Under (in Glenview), Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Kondalilla Falls) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and view the masterpieces at Art on Cairncross.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Maryborough to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Art on Cairncross, Chenrezig Institute, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

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.
Popular historic sites such as New Govardhana Australia and Fingal Head Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: stroll through Kirra Beach, kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church, and visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

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

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, New Govardhana Australia
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. For shopping fun, head to Brett Whiteley Studio or Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, North Head Sanctuary, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Jeir Creek Wines. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian War Memorial and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Go for a jaunt from Canberra to Gundaroo to see Gundog Cork Street Cellar about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mugga-Mugga Cottage, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip website .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Jeir Creek Wines
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Gundog Cork Street Cellar ©
Gundog Cork Street Cellar

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the striking features of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, then learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Canberra in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Devonport.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Richmond, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Puddleduck Vineyard ©
Puddleduck Vineyard
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Bass Strait Maritime Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at The Working Art Space and Gallery, then stop by World Of Marbles, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fern Glade Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, admire the masterpieces at Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Mersey Bluff Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Devonport driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Devonport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Devonport sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Devonport

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sheffield, Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum, Fern Glade Reserve, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Bass Strait Maritime Centre ©
Bass Strait Maritime Centre
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse ©
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Street. Head to The Mill Markets and Tydefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven), Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Ballarat Wildlife Park) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne attractions planning tool .

You can fly from Devonport to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Devonport in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Cowes, The Mill Markets, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sevenhill Cellars and Rockford Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Horseshoe Bay and Chateau Tanunda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Tanunda (Peter Lehmann Wines & Langmeil Winery) and Whistler Wines (in Marananga). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Kilikanoon Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach, wander the streets of North Terrace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Smith Brothers Walking Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide day trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Adelaide are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanunda, Clare, Murray Street Vineyards, Whistler Wines, Smith Brothers Walking Trail
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards

2
nights
Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Kalgoorlie-Boulder ©
On the 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hannans North Tourist Mine, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Goldfields, then make a trip to Kalgoorlie Town Hall, and finally contemplate the long history of Warden Finnerty's Residence. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Goldfields Arts Centre and then sample the tasty concoctions at Beaten Track Brewery.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kalgoorlie-Boulder tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Adelaide in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kalgoorlie-Boulder: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Warden Finnerty's Residence
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hannans North Tourist Mine ©
Hannans North Tourist Mine
Museum of the Goldfields ©
Museum of the Goldfields
Warden Finnerty's Residence ©
Warden Finnerty's Residence

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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.
Fremantle Prison and Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Fremantle Markets or Garden City Shopping Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Mandurah (Emma Blyth Gallery & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Penny Farthing Sweets (in York) and Rockingham (Point Peron & Rockingham Beach). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Aviation Heritage Museum, kick back and relax at City Beach, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Perth in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Perth, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham, Aviation Heritage Museum, City Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
City Beach ©
City Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

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