60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 10 nights
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Melbourne
— 1 night
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Katoomba
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 1 night
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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— 29 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Winnipeg

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Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns route builder site.

Winnipeg, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 16 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Winnipeg in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Marina, Go-Kart Racing Track, &more). The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive; or take a bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by With Sugar, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 10 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.
Kids will enjoy Uluru and Lungkata Walk. Step out of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with an excursion to Curtin Springs in Alice Springs--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Mon), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday site.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Katoomba

— 1 night
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, then enjoy breathtaking views from Cahill's Lookout, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, hike along The Giant Stairway, then get great views at The Three Sisters, then make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Katoomba. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Sydney

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Thu), meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip app.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Gold Coast

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip tool.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Mooloolaba

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach and then cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 29 nights
Family-friendly places like Champagne Pools and Lake McKenzie will thrill your kids.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online journey maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.