60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
12
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get in touch with nature at Yellow Water and Twin Falls. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, stroll through Bilkbilkmi / Graveside Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip maker .

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. Dedicate the 14th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors, get some fabulous bargains at DFO South Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
For shopping fun, head to The Nook or Falls Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters. On the 18th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. The adventure continues: stroll through The National Pass, hike along The Giant Stairway, identify plant and animal life at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Katoomba: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Falls Gallery, The Nook
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building (QVB). You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid.

Plan a Lord Howe Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Murwillumbah to see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, stop by Miami Marketta, buy something for everyone on your list at The Brickworks Centre, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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 National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plazafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Mooloolaba Beach), Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at The Real McCaul, browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld, kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Kawana Shoppingworld
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

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

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 16th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at Coffee Works, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wonga 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation vacation planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Nudey Beach. Head to Tanks Arts Centre and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outletsfor some retail therapy. Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing planner .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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