59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Faulconbridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
4
Ventnor
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  11​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
12
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
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.
The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Art Gallery of New South Wales and Hyde Park Barracks Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park Rail--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney visit planning tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

3
nights
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Let the collections at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum and Lost Bear Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Eskbank House and Museum (in Lithgow), Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, view the masterpieces at Gallery One88, browse the exhibits of Falls Gallery, and take in the views from Lennox Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Faulconbridge tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Faulconbridge takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Lithgow, Katoomba, Gallery Blackheath, Lennox Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Questacon and Queanbeyan Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Canberra side-trips: Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (in Bungendore), Gundog Cork Street Cellar (in Gundaroo) and Shoalhaven River Gorge (in Marulan). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, stop by Scott Leggo Gallery, and get curious at Geoscience Australia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Faulconbridge in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ventnor.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Queanbeyan Museum, Shoalhaven River Gorge, Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

5
nights
Ventnor

Ventnor ©
Appreciate the collections at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. When in Ventnor, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 3 hours away.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ventnor using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canberra to Ventnor. While traveling from Canberra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ventnor, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowes, Rhyll, Phillip Island, The Great Ocean Road, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and National Sports Museum. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and explore the world behind art at ArtVo.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

Getting from Ventnor to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scienceworks, Jewish Holocaust Centre
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fremantle Prison and Aviation Heritage Museum. The Perth Mint and The Nostalgia Box Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Fremantle (WA Maritime Museum & The Shipwreck Galleries). There's much more to do: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fremantle History Walking Tour, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fremantle, Aviation Heritage Museum, The Railway Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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 Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online route planner .

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get some cultural insight at Maguk Gorge and Mamukala Wetlands. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, take in the dramatic scenery at Maguk Falls, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

4
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 explore and learn at Daintree Entomological museum and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cape Tribulation and see Myall Beach, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 26th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Discovery Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and KickArts Contemporary Arts. You'll explore and learn at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Underart Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Queensland Art Gallery and Pioneer Cottage Buderim. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Montville Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & SunJet Simulations) and Yandina Historic House (in Yandina). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Mooloolaba, Mapleton Observatory, Pioneer Cottage Buderim, Yandina Historic House
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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