60 days in New South Wales, Queensland & Victoria Itinerary

60 days in New South Wales, Queensland & Victoria Itinerary

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60 days in New South Wales, Queensland & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Katoomba
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
10
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + train:  9​h 15​min
End: Sydney

6
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Jason Ree. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). There's lots more to do: stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Kiama Blowhole, Nan Tien Temple, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Jenolan Caves. Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), National Motor Racing Museum (in Bathurst) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). On the 12th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's lots more to do: hike along The Giant Stairway, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba online visit planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Bathurst, Jenolan Caves, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

3
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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Let the collections at Roto House and Maritime Museum South West Rocks capture your imagination. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, hike along Coastal walk, and don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Port Macquarie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in July, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

South West Rocks
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gold Coast using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

5
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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get some cultural insight at Caloundra Lighthouses and Noosa Regional gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Peregian Beach and Kings Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Carlo Sand Blow (in Rainbow Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, look for gifts at Underground Surf, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, and browse the exhibits of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Noosa road trip website .

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 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Montville, Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mount Ninderry
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Wabby and Lake McKenzie. Escape the urban bustle at Central Station Rainforest and Eli Creek.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online holiday builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 8:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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 Opal Reef and Mossman Gorge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Photography Tours and Agincourt Reef. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre, Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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Airlie Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bicentennial Walkway. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bells Beach and Lake Wendouree. Melbourne Museum and St Paul's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford), Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Art Gallery of Ballarat) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Torquay, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach, Spas
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 26:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 27th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Great Ocean Walk and then take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Campbell trip app .

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

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