55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Manchester

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Cairns

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in June, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Tribulation, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

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You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 7 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Animal Tracks Safari, trek along Gubara, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Mala Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. June in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Melbourne

— 6 nights

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.
Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Katoomba

— 5 nights
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: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley) and Hillbilly Cider (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Narrow Neck Trail, and get great views at Govetts Leap.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Katoomba: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 6 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Katoomba in July, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Main Beach and see Sea World Theme Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning site.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Lasting Impressions Gallery (in Kenilworth). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, admire the natural beauty at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, stop by Watermelon Red, and get great views at HMAS Brisbane Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip builder site.

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to K'gari, explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Australia travel guide

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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.