60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Canberra
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Port Campbell
— 18 nights
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Bus to Warrnambool, Train to Skybus Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 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 Brisbane
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Brisbane
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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.
Bring the kids along to Watsons Bay and Manly Scenic Walkway. Explore hidden gems such as Sydney Observatory and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning website.

Winnipeg, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Canberra

— 4 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Questacon and Australian War Memorial. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Cotter Reserve. There's still lots to do: trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, make a splash at Gungahlin Leisure Centre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Canberra Reptile Zoo.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary website.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, and then head outdoors with Cheap AZ Travel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at St Kilda Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Port Campbell

— 18 nights
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Port Campbell National Park and London Bridge. Attractions like Twelve Apostles and The Grotto make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Campbell: Cape Otway (Cape Otway Lightstation & Great Otway National Park), Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk, &more) and Colac (Jo's Pantry, Colac Botanic Gardens, &more). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Melba Gully National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Ard Gorge, head outdoors with The Arch, kick back and relax at Johanna Beach, and stroll through Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Campbell journey planner.

Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, get outside with Horses in Port, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Port Douglas in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Samurai Gallery Australia. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Babinda to see Babinda Boulders about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Aqua Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Passage Peak and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Jetryder (in Hamilton Island) and Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout & Grays Bay). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip maker website.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eli Creek and Champagne Pools.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Helicopter Tours. Attractions like South Bank Parklands and Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Gold Coast

— 9 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 The Rockpools and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Belongil Beach. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Lennox Head (Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head Beach, &more), Chris Cunningham Park (in Tweed Heads) and Zentveld's Coffee (in Newrybar). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Snapper Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and get in on the family fun at Dreamworld.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.