57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 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
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
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Cowes
— 5 nights
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Melbourne
— 7 nights
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Perth
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Cairns

— 5 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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Spend the 19th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, cool off at Cairns Wake park, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planning site.

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm & Cape Trib Farm). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and go for a walk through Mala Walk.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Brisbane

— 4 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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Opal Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Mooloolaba

— 5 nights
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, take in nature's colorful creations at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, and catch some excitement at SunJet Simulations.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, stroll through Eli Creek, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Sydney by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in February, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 6 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Cowes

— 5 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Nobbies Centre, see what you can catch with Fisher's Wetland, enjoy the sand and surf at Kitty Miller Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rock.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cowes road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Katoomba to Cowes takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, Cowes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 7 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.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Dedicate the 10th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker.

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Perth

— 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Swan River and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth online attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.