57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
13
Fraser Island
— 7 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Minneapolis

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations) and Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in January, with highs in Brisbane at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

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

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Tranquility Falls (in Daintree), Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall) and Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach & Myall Beach). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, look for gifts at With Sugar, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Tranquility Falls, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for parks, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, explore the activities along Swan River, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect Perth to be slightly colder, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Port Arthur (Three Capes Track & Port Arthur Historic Site). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and kick back and relax at Kingston Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Hobart takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Hobart is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in February, expect Hobart to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Canberra is known for museums, parks, childrens museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Canberra sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Leura Cascades, get interesting insight from Tours, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Katoomba itinerary planning site .

Getting from Canberra to Katoomba by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Katoomba, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

6
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.
Sydney is known for parks, beaches, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

You can plan Lord Howe Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for parks, beaches, nature, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Eli Creek, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 12.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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