60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 6 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Broome
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Broome
— 4 nights
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Darwin
— 4 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Bus to Mackay, Fly to Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
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Sydney — 5 nights

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Room Escape Games and Bondi to Coogee Walk. For shopping fun, head to Leura Mall or Sydney Fish Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & The Three Sisters) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip site.

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kangaroo Island.
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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Kangaroo Island — 4 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Attractions like Flinders Chase National Park and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Admirals Arch and Raptor Domain. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip maker site.

Fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Alice Springs.
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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Alice Springs — 2 nights

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then look for gifts at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, and then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In August in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Kuniya Walk. Attractions like Mala Walk and Uluru Hiking Path make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, head outdoors with Uluru Astro Tour, and explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route website.

Fly from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Margaret River.
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Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Margaret River — 6 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Naturaliste Charters and Canal Rocks will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). On the 4th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gnarabup Beach and look for gifts at Gabriel Chocolate.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Margaret River sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Broome.
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Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 6:

Broome — 4 nights

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Shop till you drop at Broome Gallery and Uniquely Broome. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cable Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Broome Town Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park, and get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Broome trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Broome sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Darwin.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Darwin — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Darwin Waterfront and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Berry Springs Nature Park and Crocosaurus Cove. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, don't miss a visit to Parliament House, and learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Broome in September, Darwin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 6 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yellow Water Cruises and Twin Falls. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Maguk Gorge, stroll through Bardedjilidji Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mossman Gorge Centre and Opal Reef. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree National Park will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 6 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Botanical Gardens and Billy Tea Safaris. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 40 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning website.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 4 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseshoe Bay and Bicentennial Walkway. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Marina & Catseye Beach). There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 4 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade. Kids will appreciate attractions like Carlo Sand Blow and WetSide Water Park. Take a break from Hervey Bay with a short trip to Rainbow Beach Massage, Retreats and Wellness Centre in Rainbow Beach, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, admire the natural beauty at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hervey Bay, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Gold Coast.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Gold Coast — 4 nights

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kirra Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Cape Byron Walking Track). It doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Gold Coast in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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