60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 12 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

9
nights
Cairns

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paronella Park and Botanical Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (With Sugar, Coffee Works, & more), Cape Tribulation (Daintree National Park & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Cairns due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Paronella Park
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

9
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Surfers Paradise (Infinity Attraction & SkyPoint Climb), Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Bee Gees Way, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

10
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jenolan Caves and Featherdale Wildlife Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains) and The Nook (in Leura). The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker app .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Kiama Blowhole, Shelly Beach, The Nook
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Floriade and National Portrait Gallery. There's still lots to do: get curious at Questacon, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Canberra trip planning tool .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Canberra reach 25°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Trails
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Floriade ©
Floriade
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

9
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Art Gallery of Ballarat), Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs) and Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Y Water Discovery Centre, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Melbourne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ballarat, Pulpit Rock, Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, Bells Beach, Lake Daylesford
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Balloon Rides
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

12
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cleland Wildlife Park and Browns Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Island Beach and Aldinga Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Flaxman Wines (in Eden Valley), Tscharke's Place (in Marananga) and Tanunda (Kabminye Winery & Chateau Dorrien). Dedicate the 2nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, learn about winemaking at Sussex Squire Wines, view the masterpieces at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, and admire the verdant scenery at Deep Creek Conservation Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Clare, Kangaroo Island, Shingleback Wine, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars

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