60 days in Greater Adelaide, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

60 days in Greater Adelaide, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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60 days in Greater Adelaide, Greater Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Seville
Fly:  31​h
1
Adelaide
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
St Kilda
— 4 nights
+4
bus + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Townsville
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 11 nights
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  30​h
End: Seville

8
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.
Visiting Adelaide Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Adelaide Oval and South Australian Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Hallett Cove Conservation Park (in Hallett Cove), McLaren Vale (Primo Estate, Fox Creek Wines, & more) and Hahndorf (Hahndorf Hill Winery, The Cedars, & more). Dedicate the 29th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, wander the streets of North Terrace, do a tasting at National Wine Centre of Australia, and kick back and relax at West Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip planner .

Seville, Spain to Adelaide is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Adelaide is 8 hours. While traveling from Seville, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, Old Gum Tree Reserve, Semaphore Beach, Hallett Cove Conservation Park
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The Cedars ©
The Cedars
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park

4
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Brighton Beach. Get some cultural insight at Scienceworks and Jewish Holocaust Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from St Kilda: Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea, admire all the interesting features of Victoria Park, look for gifts at Davey Mac's Gelato, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Anglican Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St Kilda trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to St Kilda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect nights in St Kilda to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elsternwick, Scienceworks, Fitzroy, Victoria, Brighton Beach, Beacon Cove Promenade
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island online day trip planner .

Getting from St Kilda to Fraser Island by combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St Kilda in December: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

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

6
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 Airlie Beach Lagoon will get you outdoors. Visit Horseshoe Bay and Grays Bay for some beach relaxation. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to The Big Mango in Bowen--about 46 minutes away. On the 12th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach route builder tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach by combination of car and ferry takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Get outdoors at Big Mama Sailing and Geoffrey Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Tropical Queensland and Zaro Cultural Gallery. Get outdoors at The Strand and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth in Home Hill (about 1h 45 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Castle Hill, get your game on at Townsville Mini Golf & Fun Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, and explore the galleries of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In December in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Home Hill
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

11
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.
Get outdoors at Four Mile Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing, Annie's Ladies Boutique, & more). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, tee off at Mossman Golf Club, and don't miss a visit to Janbal Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip website .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman, Mossman Gorge, Ellis Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

11
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Yorkeys Knob Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Crystal Cascades, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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