52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 7 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 8 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added South Melbourne Market to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Museum. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately Werribee away. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Manama in June, expect Melbourne to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

5
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Katoomba online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect nights in Katoomba to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Sydney

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.
Family-friendly places like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

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

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Katoomba in July, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

4
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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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Photography Tours & South Bank Parklands). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, laugh and play at Infinity Attraction, and cool off at Dreamworld.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip website.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Attractions like Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Strawberry Fields (in Palmview). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, browse the eclectic array of goods at Yandina Markets, and stop by Podie Pie.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Peter Jarver Gallery, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary website.

Fly from Noosa to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Trib Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan), Dubuji Boardwalk (in Cape Tribulation) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip website.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Bring the kids along to Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Rock Shelter. Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Animal Tracks Safari, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Bring the kids along to Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, make a trip to Field of Light, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Australia travel guide

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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.