60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Cairns International Airport, Drive to Mission Beach
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Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Townsville
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Bus
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Agnes Water
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Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive
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Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Ferry to Manly
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Manly
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Mission Beach

— 3 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Babinda Boulders and Skydiving. Get out of town with these interesting Mission Beach side-trips: Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz). There's still lots to do: stroll through Mission Beach, don't miss a visit to Golden Gumboot, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Fruit Forest Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip tool.

Exeter, UK to Mission Beach is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Mission Beach is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Sun), tour in harmony with nature at Big Mama Sailing, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island online holiday builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Townsville

— 4 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Explore hidden gems such as Riverway and Museum of Tropical Queensland. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville in an hour. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. The adventure continues: make a trip to Passage Peak, head outdoors with Jetryder, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Hamilton Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cumberland Charter Yachts and Heart Reef. On the 5th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary site.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Whitsunday Island

— 1 night
On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip site.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Esplanade and WetSide Water Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Childers (Brierley Wines, Military And Memorabilia Museum, &more), Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum (in Maryborough) and Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Hummock Lookout, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, and appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay journey tool.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Hervey Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 5 hours. February in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Agnes Water

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 1770 Distillery, take an in-depth tour of Agnes Water Museum, then go for a walk through Paperbark Forest Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agnes Water Main Beach. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours and then walk around Lions Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Agnes Water trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Agnes Water takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. February in Agnes Water sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Rainbow Beach

— 2 nights
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, and then take in the waterfront activity at Carlo Point Marina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach.

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

Drive from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Noosa River, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, and stop by The Real McCaul.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Noosa route builder app.

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Suncorp Stadium and Story Bridge. The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip website.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Gold Coast

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Heads Beach and SkyPoint Climb. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip tool.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Byron Bay

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Belongil Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Lennox Head Boardwalk in Lennox Head--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, stroll through Tallow Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip maker app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 4 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional de Dorrigo and Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. Get out of town with these interesting Coffs Harbour side-trips: Bindarri National Park (in Upper Orara) and South West Rocks (Maritime Museum South West Rocks, Trial Bay Gaol, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour day trip website.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Manly

— 4 nights
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nobbys Beach and Fort Scratchley. Venture out of the city with trips to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Australian Reptile Park (in Gosford) and Newcastle (Newcastle Museum, Blackbutt Reserve, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stroll through Palm Beach, and choose your vessel at Aquafun Avoca Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manly travel route builder tool.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Manly by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Manly are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Manly

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sydney

— 4 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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manly to Sydney by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.