60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ventnor
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Cairns
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
12
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Falls Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Lost Bear Gallery and Gallery One88. Change things up with a short trip to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum in Valley Heights (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Perry's Lookdown, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Albion Park Rail--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Federation Square. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sovereign Hill and Old Melbourne Gaol. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ventnor.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 1:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

6
nights
Ventnor

Ventnor ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Tyde. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kitty Miller Bay and Ventnor Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Diamond Bay (in Sorrento) and Cape Schanck Boardwalk (in Flinders).

Plan a Ventnor trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Melbourne to Ventnor in 2 hours. January in Ventnor sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Ventnor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cowes, Phillip Island, Newhaven, Diamond Bay, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

3
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.
Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Uluru and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ventnor to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ventnor in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Ubirr and Motor Car Falls. Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, admire all the interesting features of Anbangbang Rock Shelter, explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and admire the sheer force of Twin Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online road trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough 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 10 — 16:
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery. Port Douglas Court House Museum and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Entomological museum and Daintree National Park. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Photography Tours) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see Off-Road Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in February since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Noosa National Park and Kings Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Artisans Gallery and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery & Caloundra Regional Art Gallery), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, stop by The Real McCaul, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa road trip website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Eumundi, Mooloolaba, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Mt Gower. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Noosa to Lord Howe Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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