50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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50 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  27​h
1
Exmouth
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
2
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Cape Range National Park. Visit Turquoise Bay and Town Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef, contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek, visit a coastal fixture at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, and explore the stunning scenery at Charles Knife Canyon.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Exmouth trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Exmouth is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Exmouth: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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Shark Diving
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Exmouth to Melbourne in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Exmouth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Exmouth in August: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

7
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Leura Mall. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Pulpit Rock Lookout) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, The Three Sisters, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Leura Mall, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 2:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Lagoon Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island vacation planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen will get you outdoors.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 12.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

6
nights
Cairns

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.
Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Samurai Gallery Australia. Do your shopping at Cairns Art Gallery and Rusty's Market. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton), Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour & Platypus Viewing Platform) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, stroll through Trinity Beach, and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Yungaburra, Palm Cove Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Grassy Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and James Cook Museum. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown to see Finch Bay about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Tribulation, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooktown, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

6
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Photography Tours, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

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