60 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia Itinerary

60 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
11
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Melbourne

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 Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visit Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & South Bank Parklands). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, relax in the rural setting at Paradise Country, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online journey planner .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

7
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sunshine Castle and Caloundra Lighthouses. Visit Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, play a few rounds at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, meet the residents at Australia Zoo, and kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Noosa vacation planner.

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 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Headland Golf Club, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Lows Lookout, Sunshine Castle
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get in touch with nature at Eli Creek and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Fraser Island in August, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Crystal Cascades, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Barron Gorge National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Airlie Beach Lagoon. We've included these beaches for you: Horseshoe Bay and Whitehaven Beach. Go for a jaunt from Airlie Beach to Bloomsbury to see Bredl's Wild Farm about 58 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bredl's Wild Farm, Horseshoe Bay
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and car from Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect nights in Cape Tribulation to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

7
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Spend the 7th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

To plan Port Douglas vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge, Mossman Golf Club
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

7
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maguk Gorge and Nourlangie Rock. Visiting Ubirr and Yellow Water will get you outdoors. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Mindil Beach and Berry Springs Nature Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Defence of Darwin Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo), Crazy Acres (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip website .

You can drive from Jabiru to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Darwin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Darwin

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Crazy Acres, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

3
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Visiting Shark Diving and Osprey Bay will get you outdoors. Visit Turquoise Bay and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef, kick back and relax at Bundegi Beach, take in breathtaking views at Shothole Canyon, and enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Exmouth day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Exmouth takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Darwin in September, with highs in Exmouth at 35°C and lows at 15°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
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Shark Diving
Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

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