60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

Make it your trip
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Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Cowes
— 6 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Caloundra
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Kangaroo Island

— 4 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures and Admirals Arch. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island road trip planning website.

London, UK to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time is 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Visiting Sea All Dolphin Swims and Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Dedicate the 14th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and skim along the rocks with Rap Jumping.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Cowes

— 6 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at YCW Beach and Ventnor Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Wildlife Coast Cruises, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitty Miller Bay, and kick back and relax at Red Rock Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cowes road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nelson Bay

— 2 nights
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Dolphin Swim Australia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, and then don't miss a visit to One Mile Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Little Beach Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and then see 4WD Tag-Along & Passenger Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nelson Bay trip planner.

You can fly from Cowes to Nelson Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cowes in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nelson Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 6 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get outdoors at The National Pass and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Wentworth Falls Lookout, see Blue Mountains 4WD, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and hike along The Giant Stairway.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba holiday maker tool.

Getting from Nelson Bay to Katoomba by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney

— 5 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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach will get you outdoors. Sydney Opera House and Justice & Police Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

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You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Caloundra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Caloundra

— 5 nights
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Maroochydore Beach and Peregian Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bill's Boat Hire and Bike Hire and Noosa Main Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Caloundra side-trips: Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains) and Underground Surf (in Noosa).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Caloundra driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Caloundra takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. February in Caloundra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Visiting Lake McKenzie and Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours will get you outdoors. Visit Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach for some beach relaxation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Caloundra to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. February in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately Kuranda away. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time 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.
Get in touch with nature at Paddletrek Kayak Adventures and Thornton Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On the 26th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Get outdoors at Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · 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.