56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Hobart
— 6 nights
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Melbourne
— 7 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
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Albany
— 3 nights
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Margaret River
— 6 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Alice Springs
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Darwin
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Gold Coast
— 6 nights
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Sydney

— 6 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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:

Canberra

— 3 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
Get some cultural insight at Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Australia. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Canberra planner.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Hobart

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and The Neck (in Bruny Island). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and admire the striking features of Constitution Dock.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:

Melbourne

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden and Golden Dragon Museum. For shopping fun, head to Federation Square or Art Gallery of Ballarat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Bendigo Art Gallery (in Bendigo), Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat) and Spas (in Daylesford). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:

Kangaroo Island

— 5 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Flinders Chase National Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Dudley Wines. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, see Off-Road Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island route builder.

Getting from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

Albany

— 3 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Anzac Centre and Emu Point. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Greens Pool and Little Beach. Take a break from Albany with a short trip to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company in Scotsdale, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Albany are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Margaret River

— 6 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Vasse Felix Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Bunbury Farmers Market and Gabriel Chocolate. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Yallingup (Yallingup Beach & Ngilgi Cave), Dunsborough (Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse & Meelup Beach) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hamelin Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Margaret River itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

Alice Springs

— 2 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore and learn at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum and Alice Springs School of the Air Experience. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Darwin

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wave Lagoon. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Darwin when traveling from Alice Springs in December, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Cairns

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ngarru Gallery and Bones and Jones. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Cove Beach and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef & Safaris), Mission Beach (in South Mission Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Gold Coast

— 6 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.
Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kurrawa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, browse the different shops at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

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You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Gold Coast at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

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.