60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia visit planner

Make it your trip
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Torquay
— 1 night
Fly
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Perth
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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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
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Hamilton Island Marina, Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 7 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 7 nights
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Katoomba
— 6 nights
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Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Port Arthur (Port Arthur Historic Site & Three Capes Track), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck). On the 23rd (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online road trip planner.

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Hobart is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Melbourne

— 6 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.
Dedicate the 26th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel planner.

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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Torquay

— 1 night
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 30th (Thu), explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay tour planner.

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Perth.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Highlights from your trip

Perth

— 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Torquay to Perth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Torquay to Perth due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Torquay in December, with highs in Perth at 35°C and lows at 17°C. You will leave for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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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.
Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Cairns

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 40 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, 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, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 17th (Mon), stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step aboard Whitsunday Passage and then go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Fraser Island

— 7 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Brisbane

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Lord Howe Island

— 3 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ned's Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Sydney

— 7 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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and take some stellar pictures from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney is minus 0.5 hours. February in Sydney sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Katoomba

— 6 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately Faulconbridge away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, trek along The Giant Stairway, and tour on your own time with Blue Mountains Biking Adventures.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba road trip planning website.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.