60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
Surfers Paradise
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Kakadu National Park
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Perth
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney

10
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Taronga Zoo, Nielsen Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
days
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Step out of Surfers Paradise with an excursion to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane--about 1h 35 min away. Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Surfers Paradise online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Main Beach, Brisbane, Dreamworld, Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, Warner Bros. Movie World
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

8
days
Cairns

The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Surfers Paradise to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Cairns is a bit warmer than Surfers Paradise - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

7
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Eliza's Gallery, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online travel planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Eliza's Gallery, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

3
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Myall Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

6
days
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yellow Water and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kakadu National Park day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Kakadu National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

6
days
Perth

Perth ©
Nature and urban life exist in harmony in Perth, on Australia's west coast.
Attractions like Caversham Wildlife Park and Scarborough Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon), Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Bells Rapids Park (in Brigadoon). Pack the 31st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, stroll through Trigg Beach, indulge your taste buds at Kato's 3000 Grapes, and enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Perth day trip planning app .

Getting from Kakadu National Park to Perth by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kakadu National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Whiteman, Tyler's Vineyard, Scarborough Beach, St Matthew's Anglican Church
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

8
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). Dedicate the 9th (Sat) 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, get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 31°C and lows are around 16°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
days
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
On the 13th (Wed), trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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