60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Mooloolaba
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Gold Coast
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 14 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  27​h
End: St. Petersburg

8
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Mooloolaba Beach and Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. In. will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Artisans Gallery and Art on Cairncross. Venture out of the city with trips to Yandina Historic House (in Yandina), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Montville (Montville Art Gallery & Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

St. Petersburg, Russia to Mooloolaba is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Mooloolaba. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, things will get much hotter in Mooloolaba: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Eumundi, Montville, Buderim, Nambour, Maleny
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 3:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

13
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Victoria Bridge Abutment, & more) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, make a splash at Dreamworld, and get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour planner .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 16:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

12
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Billich Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 28:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

14
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Museum and St. Kilda Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kitty Miller Bay and Cape Woolamai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, take in the exciting artwork at Federation Square, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker website .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Panorama Garden Estate, Kitty Miller Bay, Cape Woolamai Beach, Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 11:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns route site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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