54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
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Canberra
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Melbourne
— 7 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Perth
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Exmouth
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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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Mount Alexandra Lookout in Cape Tribulation--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip website.

Oslo, Norway to Port Douglas is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oslo to Port Douglas, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Oslo in April, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see Off-Road Tours, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Sundive Byron Bay & Cape Byron Walking Track). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, head outdoors with Qld Luxury Car Rentals, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip maker website.

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, Mooloolaba Beach, &more) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, make a trip to World Expo 88 Art Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lord Howe Island.
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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.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. 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 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and stop by The Rocks.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online route maker.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 6 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (in Mount Tomah), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin (Bilpin Cider Company & Hillbilly Cider). There's still lots to do: do sightseeing at your own pace with Blue Mountains Biking Adventures, get great views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, walk around Wentworth Falls Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades House & Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, Katoomba is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Canberra.
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Canberra — 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then admire the landmark architecture of Parliament of Australia, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canberra online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Katoomba to Canberra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Katoomba in May: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 19°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 7 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 20th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, take an in-depth tour of Melbourne Holocaust Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Perth.
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Perth — 2 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Swan River and then don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Perth day trip site.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Perth, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Exmouth.
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Exmouth — 2 nights

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Turquoise Bay.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Exmouth travel route planner.

You can fly from Perth to Exmouth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in May, with highs in Exmouth at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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