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


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.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online attractions planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Brisbane to see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary about 1h 35 min away. Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Kondalilla National Park will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: MaisyMoo (in Caloundra), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Noosa tour website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Lows Lookout, Mooloolaba Beach, Kondalilla National Park, Maroochydore Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's 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 Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary site .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
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.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Kuniya Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shaolin Junk Cruises. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). The adventure continues: do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Myall Beach and Daintree National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Cape Tribulation Beach and Cow Bay Beach. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Visit Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. It doesn't end there: tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours and get outside with Port Douglas Microlights.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

6
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Ubirr. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru road trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cottesloe Beach and Trigg Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scarborough Beach and Swan River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Millendon (Tyler's Vineyard, Fig Tree Estate, & more), Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham) and Bells Rapids Park (in Brigadoon). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, stroll through City Beach, do a tasting at Lancaster Wines, and contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Perth online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Perth takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jabiru to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Millendon, Upper Reach Winery, Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison, Lancaster Wines
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Swan River ©
Swan River

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