60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Mooloolaba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  24​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kitty Miller Bay and YCW Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cowes Beach, meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Rock Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cowes trip itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cowes is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cowes is 13 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect Cowes to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newhaven, Phillip Island, YCW Beach, The Nobbies Centre, Rhyll Jetty
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker website .

Drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, take in the dramatic natural features at Koolpin Gorge, and trek along Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge.

Before you visit Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

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.
Bring the kids along to Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Tranquility Falls in Daintree, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, get outside with Horses in Port, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Tranquility Falls
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. Spend the 4th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 24°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kids will enjoy Aqua Park Bli Bli and Australia Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Mooloolaba side-trips: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach). The adventure continues: get your game on at SunJet Simulations, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, cool off at Thrill Hill Waterslide, and kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba attractions website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba 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 January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Aqua Fun Park, Australia Zoo, Mount Ninderry, Aqua Park Bli Bli
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Moffat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

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

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Family-friendly places like Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island travel planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and then get great views at The Three Sisters.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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