52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Perth
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Perth
— 4 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 3 nights
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Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly to Launceston, Bus to Coles Bay
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 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
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Rockhampton
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly to Mackay, Bus to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Perth

— 4 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Markets & Fremantle Prison), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Old Young's (in Henley Brook). Dedicate the 6th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

Before you visit Perth, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Exeter, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Exeter to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Darwin.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Darwin

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, stroll through Mindil Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip maker.

Fly from Perth to Darwin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in October: highs in Darwin hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Adelaide

— 3 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Dedicate the 14th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, and get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in October, you will find days in Adelaide are little chillier (26°C), and nights are much colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Dedicate the 19th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip tool.

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Coles Bay

— 2 nights
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
On the 21st (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the next day, make a trip to Mt Amos Climb, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay road trip app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Coles Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Hobart

— 2 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the views from Richmond Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hobart travel planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hobart are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Sydney

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens (in Blackheath), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

Byron Bay

— 2 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 30th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay travel planning site.

You can fly from Sydney to Byron Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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 1st (Tue): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Fraser Island

— 3 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In November in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): learn insider's secrets on Saleyards Distillery.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Rockhampton takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in November, expect nights in Rockhampton to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Airlie Beach

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Passage Peak & Catseye Beach). Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rockhampton in November: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Townsville

— 2 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Drill Hall Studio, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip builder site.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Cairns

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel route builder app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.