50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Newcastle
— 3 nights
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Noosa
— 2 nights
Bus to Cooroy, Train to Cairns
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 4 nights
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Broome
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs
— 3 nights
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Adelaide
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 1 night
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Melbourne — 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Panorama Garden Estate and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Degraves Street, see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and stop by Melbourne Central.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Sydney — 3 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Hyde Park. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Newcastle.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Newcastle — 3 nights

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ernest Hill Wines and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount View Estate Winery and Lambloch Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Pokolbin (Iron Gate Estate & Calais Estate) and Bennetts Beach (in Hawks Nest). There's more to do: examine the collection at Miss Porter's House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Newcastle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Byron Bay.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Byron Bay — 2 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Bay Whale Watching and Broken Head Beach. And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, indulge in some personalized pampering at Byron Wellbeing Health Retreats, and take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Gold Coast — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast route maker.

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Albert Street Uniting Church and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West End and City Botanic Gardens. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Newstead House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Noosa.
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Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Noosa — 2 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, identify plant and animal life at Noosa Safaris, and then explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip builder tool.

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cairns.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Cairns — 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Visiting Trinity Beach and Opal Reef will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and KickArts Contemporary Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Barron Falls (in Kuranda) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Noosa to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Darwin.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 26:

Darwin — 4 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
Get some cultural insight at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Escape the urban bustle at Florence Falls and Territory Wildlife Park. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Dundee Beach Fishing Charters (in Dundee Beach) and Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls & Buley Rockhole). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lameroo Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cairns in October, with highs in Darwin at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Broome.
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Broome — 4 nights

Yawuru Country

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cable Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral and Catholic Diocese of Broome. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Reddell Beach, stroll through Roebuck Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Broome holiday planning website.

You can fly from Darwin to Broome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs — 3 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Mount Gillen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol Alice Springs. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, get engrossed in the history at Aboriginal Australia Culture Centre, get a new perspective on nature at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Mombasa Day Spa and Hair Lounge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Alice Springs takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Alice Springs when traveling from Broome in November, with lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Adelaide.
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Adelaide — 4 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Henley Beach and West Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Adelaide Oval and North Terrace. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to McLaren Vale (Dog Ridge Winery, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, &more) and Woodstock Wine Estate (in McLaren Flat). There's still lots to do: get lost in a book at State Library of South Australia, take an in-depth tour of Ayers House Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Carrick Hill.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in November: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Melbourne — 1 night

Australia's Garden City

On the 15th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, make a trip to Melbourne Town Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and finally try to win big at Flemington Racecourse.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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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