58 days in Australia Itinerary

58 days in Australia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Proserpine
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mooloolaba
— 5 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
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 8 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Block Arcade, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Bournemouth, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bournemouth in August, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dryridge Estate (in Megalong Valley), Trees Adventure Grose River Park (in Richmond) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, go for a walk through Gordon Falls Lookout, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, plan for little chillier nights in Katoomba, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

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 (Hamilton Island Art Gallery, Passage Peak, &more). On the 17th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: take a tour of Whitsunday Passage, go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach vacation planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Airlie Beach in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in August, Airlie Beach is much warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Mooloolaba

— 5 nights
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Montville Art Gallery) and Yandina Historic House (in Yandina). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, examine the collection at Pioneer Cottage Buderim, browse the exhibits of Seaview Art Gallery, and learn the secrets of beer at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba online journey planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, Mooloolaba is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to K'gari, contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Brisbane

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Cork 'n Fork Tours (in Tamborine Mountain) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
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 nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 8 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Animal Tracks Safari, admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) visit planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 15:

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:

Cape Tribulation

— 4 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Daintree (Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Photography Tours). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation travel route app.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip site.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.