60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Long Island
— 1 day
Travel:  3​h
6
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
10
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

8
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 Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Devilbend Natural Features Reserve (in Moorooduc), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in April, expect Melbourne to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, The Great Ocean Road, Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

9
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Spend the 16th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip app .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Bouddi National Park, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Heads Beach and Greenmount Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Tugun Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Wategos Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip maker app .

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Raggedy Anne Boutique, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby.

Discover how to plan a Fraser Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Byron Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Long Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

1
day
Long Island

Long Island ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Molle Islands National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Long Island tour itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Long Island with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Long Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Molle Islands National Park ©
Molle Islands National Park

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head off the coast to Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hayman Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Long Island to Hayman Island with the Route module. May in Hayman Island sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Hayman Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hayman Island in May, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. On the 9th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach itinerary app .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Visiting Hamilton Island Golf Club and Catseye Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, get your game on at Sports Club, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, and get outside with Jetryder.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Riverway, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Townsville journey builder .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Townsville by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Wonga Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, & more). Spend the 17th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 Yorkeys Knob Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Nudey Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 22 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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