51 days in Australia Itinerary

51 days in Australia Itinerary

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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly to Melbourne, Ferry to Cowes
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Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 6 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 Gold Coast
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Lord Howe Island — 3 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kids will enjoy Lagoon Beach and Mt Gower. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Old Settlement Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip maker website.

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Blue Mountains Biking Adventures, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Katoomba in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Katoomba. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.
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Sydney — 6 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cowes.
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Cowes — 4 nights

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will enjoy Wildlife Coast Cruises and Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, stroll through Conservation Hill Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Forrest Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cowes itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sydney to Cowes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Cowes at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 6 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Werribee Open Range Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Victoria State Rose Garden in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Uluru and Lungkata Walk. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Port Douglas.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 5 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 2nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel route website.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Noosa.
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Noosa — 6 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Family-friendly places like Peregian Beach and Noosa National Park will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli), Mooloolaba (SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Cove Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Queensland Zoo.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Cairns to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 6 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & City Botanic Gardens). There's still lots to do: do sightseeing at your own pace with Qld Luxury Car Rentals.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Gold Coast takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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