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
+2
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 ©
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. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, 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 32°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

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

6
days
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 Warner Bros. Movie World. 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, make a trip to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Surfers Paradise trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Surfers Paradise in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Sea World Theme Park, Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Warner Bros. Movie World
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
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Warner Bros. Movie World

8
days
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 Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). 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, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, 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 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. 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, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity 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 Four Mile Beach. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Elizas 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 Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Coffee Works, 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, Mossman Gorge, Wonga Beach, Elizas Gallery
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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, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation vacation maker site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. 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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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

6
days
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
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

6
days
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Attractions like Caversham Wildlife Park and Whiteman Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Bells Rapids Park (in Brigadoon), Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon). Pack the 31st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Basilica, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Perth itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kakadu National Park to Perth in 12 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kakadu National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. January in Perth sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 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

Fremantle, Whiteman, Trigg Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Bells Rapids Park
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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 ©
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 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. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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 a bit cooler 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
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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 ©
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
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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