50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
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Sandy Hollow
— 3 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 7 nights
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Bus to Domestic Airport station, platform 1, Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
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Mission Beach
— 15 nights
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Port Douglas
— 8 nights
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Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Clovelly Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and stop by Darling Harbour.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Sydney is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wentworth Falls Lookout and Wentworth Falls Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Abercrombie Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Machattie Park (in Bathurst). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout, don't miss a visit to Day Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of Lincoln's Rock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in April since evenings lows in Katoomba dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sandy Hollow.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Sandy Hollow

— 3 nights
Sandy Hollow is a small rural town in New South Wales, Australia in Muswellbrook Shire. On the 21st (Sun), explore the galleries of David Mahony Art Gallery and then take a memorable drive along Bylong Valley Way. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Merriwa Colonial Museum & Historical Society and then look for gifts at Two Rivers Wines.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sandy Hollow route planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sandy Hollow takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Katoomba in April since evenings lows in Sandy Hollow dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sandy Hollow

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nelson Bay

— 1 night
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 23rd (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, then examine the collection at Port Stephens Shell Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nelson Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sandy Hollow to Nelson Bay takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sandy Hollow in April, Nelson Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 1 night
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): do a tasting at Two Tails Wines, then view the masterpieces at National Cartoon Gallery, then trek along Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Korora Lookout.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Nelson Bay to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Trails · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Byron Bay

— 7 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
We've included these beaches for you: Bundjalung National Park and Pippi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Byron Walking Track and Arakwal National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, and get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip planning site.

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Boathaven Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Proserpine Museum and Above & Below Photography Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Grays Bay (in Bowen) and Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton). The adventure continues: trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and get a new perspective on things with Airlie Boat Hire.

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Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Byron Bay to Airlie Beach in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 15 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Get in touch with nature at Mission Beach and Skydiving. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Australian Sugar Industry Museum and Herberton Mining Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mission Beach side-trips: Millstream Falls National Park (in Ravenshoe), Atherton (Nandroya Falls & Atherton Tablelands) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Hinchinbrook Island. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Clump Mountain National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, steep yourself in history at Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station, hike along Kennedy Walking Track, and head outdoors with Absolute North Charters.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 8 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Palm Cove Beach and Opal Reef. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Kuranda (Terra Nova Gallery & Birdworld Kuranda), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Port Douglas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.