57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Darwin
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 7 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Newcastle
— 5 nights
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Hobart
— 6 nights
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Ballarat
— 5 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
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Albany
— 4 nights
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Margaret River
— 4 nights
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Darwin

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Territory Wildlife Park and East Point Reserve. Get outdoors at Lameroo Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin tour itinerary site.

Paris, France to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8.5 hours traveling from Paris to Darwin. In January, Darwin is warmer than Paris - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Get in touch with nature at Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Centre. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Cairns

— 7 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.
Relax by the water at Mission Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Skydiving (in Mission Beach) and Zillie Falls (in Millaa Millaa). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online holiday planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 20:

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Bulcock Beach and Noosa Main Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa road trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairns to Noosa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Gold Coast

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Head National Park and Belongil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and stroll through Kurrawa Beach.

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Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a shuttle. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:

Newcastle

— 5 nights
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Escape the urban bustle at Tomaree Head and Nobbys Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Scratchley and Terrigal Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newcastle: Pokolbin (Ivanhoe Wines, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, &more), Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Nelson Bay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Merewether Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Blackbutt Reserve, see Off-Road Tours, and go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle driving holiday planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Newcastle by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Russell Falls and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Neck and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at Constitution Dock, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

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Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Newcastle in February, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:

Ballarat

— 5 nights

The Golden City

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
We've included these beaches for you: Bells Beach and Lorne Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Daylesford and Spas. Explore Ballarat's surroundings by going to Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Halls Gap (Clematis Falls, The Pinnacle, &more) and Stawell Gift Hall of Fame (in Stawell). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ballarat Wildlife Park, admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, explore by horseback at Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ballarat sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Hobart to Ballarat in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in February, you will find days in Ballarat are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

Kangaroo Island

— 5 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves. Get outdoors at Flinders Chase National Park and Remarkable Rocks. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, see Off-Road Tours, meet the residents at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kangaroo Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ballarat to Kangaroo Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Ballarat to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:

Albany

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Beach and Emu Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Tree Top Walk (in Walpole) and Castelli Estate Cellar Door (in Denmark). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, sample the fine beverages at Great Southern Distilling Company, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Albany trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Margaret River

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hamelin Bay and Sunflowers Animal Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Meelup Beach and Harmans Estate Winery and Distillery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Hamelin Bay Jetty.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River road trip app.

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

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.