60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 9 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
bus:  45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  5​h
6
Magnetic Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich


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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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Fortress Rock). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Leura, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Family-friendly places like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek will thrill your kids.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Go-Kart Racing Track make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, head outdoors with Jetryder, and tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitehaven Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Grays Bay & Horseshoe Bay). On the 23rd (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get interesting insight from Cumberland Charter Yachts, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach journey planner.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In September in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Airlie Beach in September, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

4
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Attractions like Big Mama Sailing and Magnetic Island National Park make great kid-friendly stops.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Magnetic Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Townsville Town Common Conservation Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tropical Queensland, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville online trip planner .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In October, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

9
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, head outdoors with The Bump Track, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use 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 October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

9
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Village Gallery & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 21st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Sugarworld Waterpark, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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