57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
6
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Katherine
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Albany
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Sydney

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Featherdale Wildlife Park and Nan Tien Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Blue Mountains. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Kiama Blowhole, Nan Tien Temple, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trial Bay Gaol and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Koala Hospital and Roto House. When in Port Macquarie, make a side trip to see Smoky Cape Lighthouse in South West Rocks, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and trek along Coastal walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip itinerary website .

Getting from Sydney to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

South West Rocks
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Barron Falls & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip site .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, you will find days in Cairns are much hotter (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge Centre and Photography Tours. Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Photography Tours, Daintree Discovery Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Let the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Field of Light. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in August, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Uluru ©
Uluru

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Get outdoors at Alice Springs Desert Park and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Road Transport Hall of Fame. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©

4
nights
Katherine

Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. Get in touch with nature at Nitmiluk National Park and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Katherine to go to Mataranka and see Bitter Springs, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs and stroll around Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Katherine day trip planning tool .

Getting from Alice Springs to Katherine by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in August: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 38°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bitter Springs
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Helicopter Tours
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park

7
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Ubirr and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nourlangie Rock and Jim Jim Falls. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, explore and take pictures at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) attractions planner.

Getting from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

6
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
Get outdoors at Litchfield National Park and Speed Boats Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Defence of Darwin Experience and Berry Springs Nature Park. Step out of Darwin to go to Berry Springs and see Territory Wildlife Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Darwin vacation planner .

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Broome Historical Museum and Japanese Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Gantheaume Point and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Broome trip planner .

Getting from Darwin to Broome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Darwin in August, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Broome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

5
nights
Albany

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Greens Pool. Change things up with a short trip to Tree Top Walk in Walpole (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, and take a tour of Replica of the Brig Amity.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Albany trip planner .

Getting from Broome to Albany by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Broome in September, plan for much colder days in Albany, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tree Top Walk, Greens Pool
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk

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