60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  29​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  28​h
3
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Lorne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
9
Broken Hill
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
10
Coober Pedy
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  39​h
12
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Margaret River
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Fremantle
— 2 nights
Fly:  46​h
End: Darwin

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Adelaide River War Cemetery and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Step off the beaten path and head to East Point Reserve and Crocosaurus Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls & Wangi Falls). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip app .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Darwin International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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East Point Reserve ©
East Point Reserve
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Michaelmas Cay. Let the collections at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and Spy & Camera Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns online journey builder .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in May, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Spy & Camera Museum, Babinda Boulders, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, Safaris, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koala Hospital and Coastal walk. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Motorcycle Museum and Whitewashed Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa d'Esta Vineyard (in Dyers Crossing), Wingham Foreshore Recreation Reserve (in Wingham) and Manning Regional Art Gallery (in Taree). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, sample the tasty concoctions at The Little Brewing Company, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie sightseeing app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Port Macquarie takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

National Motorcycle Museum, Wingham Foreshore Recreation Reserve, Villa d'Esta Vineyard, Whitewashed Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Shelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & Prince Henry Cliff Walk), Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Southern Highlands Welcome Centre, Nan Tien Temple, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay May 14 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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.
Get outdoors at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian War Memorial and National Gallery of Australia. Take a break from Canberra with a short trip to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, have fun and explore at National Capital Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Mugga-Mugga Cottage, and see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Canberra road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lorne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

4
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Erskine Falls and Geelong Adventure Specialists. Visit Cinema Point Lookout Great Ocean Road and The Lorne Pier for their historical value. Step out of Lorne to go to Barwon Heads and see Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach, view the masterpieces at Qdos Arts Gallery, don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout, and take in the dramatic scenery at Won Wondah & Henderson Falls.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lorne visit planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Canberra to Lorne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, Lorne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, Geelong Adventure Specialists, Cinema Point Lookout Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Get in touch with nature at Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Gibsons Steps and The Grotto. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Campbell: Johanna Beach (in Johanna), Beech Forest (The Redwoods & Triplet Falls) and Red Rock Theatre and Gallery (in Cororooke). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, head outdoors with The Arch, and explore the striking landscape at The Razorback.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Campbell online route planner .

Traveling by car from Lorne to Port Campbell takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Johanna Beach, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery, Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
The Islander Estate Vineyards and George's 40,000 Castle Lights are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, and experience rural life at Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Silverton Cemetery, examine the collection at Whites Minerals and Mining Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Howard Steer Art - Flying Doctor Artist, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of the Outback, and then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Broken Hill trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Broken Hill in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Silverton Cemetery
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Whites Minerals and Mining Museum ©
Whites Minerals and Mining Museum
Silverton Cemetery ©
Silverton Cemetery

4
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Timers Mine and Faye's Underground Home. Escape the urban bustle at Breakaways Conservation Park and Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, identify plant and animal life at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage, play a few rounds at Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, and appreciate the history behind The Big Miner.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Coober Pedy trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Broken Hill to Coober Pedy in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valley of the Winds and Red Desert Reptiles. You'll explore and learn at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, hike along Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Albany on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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nights
Albany

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Anzac Centre and Western Australian Museum - Albany. Get outdoors at Elephant Rocks and Albany Heritage Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Denmark (Singlefile Wines & Ocean Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, steep yourself in history at Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, and visit a coastal fixture at Point King Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Albany road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge

5
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Brown Hill Estate and Brookland Valley Vineyard. Get outdoors at Lake Cave and Hamelin Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Yallingup Beach (in Yallingup), Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough) and Sugarloaf Rock (in Cape Naturaliste). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, do a tasting at Snake & Herring Winery, and take a memorable drive along Caves Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Margaret River planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fremantle.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilyabrup, Meelup Beach, Brown Hill Estate, Sugarloaf Rock, Yallingup Beach
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Fremantle

Fremantle ©
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Bather's Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Kidogo Arthouse, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Esplanade Park. On the next day, examine the collection at WA Maritime Museum, view the masterpieces at Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse, appreciate the history behind The Welcome Walls, make a trip to Monument Hill War Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at Adam Monk Photography Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wesley Church Fremantle.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Fremantle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Fremantle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fremantle

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
WA Maritime Museum ©
WA Maritime Museum
Bather's Beach ©
Bather's Beach

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