60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

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

9
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Coogee Beach, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nielsen Park, Taronga Zoo, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

6
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Surfers Paradise: Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & South Bank Parklands). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Surfers Paradise trip itinerary 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, train, and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Surfers Paradise can reach 32°C, while at night they dip 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

Gold Coast, Brisbane
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

8
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Surfers Paradise to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Elizas Gallery, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows 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, Elizas Gallery, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
nights
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 Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk.

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. Another option is to take a bus. 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
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

7
nights
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yellow Water and Anbangbang Billabong.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kakadu National Park online day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Cape Tribulation to Kakadu National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

7
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kids will enjoy Adventure World Perth Australia and City Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Bells Rapids Park (in Brigadoon), Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, do a tasting at Kato's 3000 Grapes, and stroll through Whiteman Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth online road trip planner .

Fly from Kakadu National Park to Perth in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kakadu National Park to Perth. In January in Perth, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Whiteman, Fremantle, Trigg Beach, Adventure World Perth Australia, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

9
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. 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, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

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 take a train; or drive. 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 32°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

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
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 5.5 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
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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