57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  21​h
1
Darwin
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kingston, Norfolk Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Hobart
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  10​h
9
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
10
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
12
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Margaret River
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  25​h
End: London

5
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
Let the collections at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Darwin Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Magnetic Termite Mounds and Crazy Acres. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Parliament House, admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Darwin vacation planning app .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Darwin, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Darwin at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Crazy Acres, Magnetic Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park
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Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Parliament House ©
Parliament House

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katherine Hot Springs and Bitter Springs. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Nitmiluk National Park, and trek along Katherine Gorge.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Katherine travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Katherine takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Darwin in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katherine, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bitter Springs
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Get some historical perspective at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Flynn Memorial Uniting Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Women's Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame) & Old Alice Springs Gaol. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, examine the collection at The Residency, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Katherine to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Katherine in July; daily highs in Alice Springs reach 24°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

5
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mission Beach and Trinity Beach. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and The Crystal Caves (in Atherton). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Crystal Caves, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, Photography Tours, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Spas & Cape Byron Walking Track). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get slightly colder in Gold Coast: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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 some cultural insight at Cobb+Co Museum and Gallery of Modern Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondalilla Falls and Maroochydore Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: The Original Eumundi Markets (in Eumundi), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and make a trip to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kingston.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, The Original Eumundi Markets, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Cobb+Co Museum
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

2
nights
Kingston, Norfolk Island

Kingston ©
Kingston is the capital of the Australian South Pacific Territory of Norfolk Island. On the 23rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Norfolk Island Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emily Bay. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, then don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kingston tour itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Kingston with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Kingston is 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in July, Kingston is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kingston

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Norfolk Island
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Norfolk Island Museum ©
Norfolk Island Museum
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel

5
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Richmond Gaol and Lark Distillery. Appreciate the collections at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park) and Government Farm (in Port Arthur). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kingston to Hobart. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingston to Hobart is minus 1 hour. In July, Hobart is a bit cooler than Kingston - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond, Government Farm, Russell Falls
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Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Lorne Beach and Apostle Whey Cheese. Get out of town with these interesting Port Campbell side-trips: Erskine Falls (in Lorne), Mait's Rest (in Apollo Bay) and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Grotto, explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip planning tool .

Getting from Hobart to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lorne, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Mait's Rest
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Apostle Whey Cheese ©
Apostle Whey Cheese
The Grotto ©
The Grotto

1
night
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, then examine the collection at Faye's Underground Home, and then examine the collection at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating landscape at Breakaways Conservation Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomb Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Coober Pedy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Coober Pedy takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Coober Pedy can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Australian Red Gum Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Admirals Arch and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Kangaroo Island Spirits, identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Coober Pedy to Kangaroo Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
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Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits

4
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Let the collections at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre capture your imagination. Castelli Winery and Vancouver Arts Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Greens Pool (in Denmark) and Tree Top Walk (in Walpole). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Albany journey builder tool .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany due to the time zone difference. In August in Albany, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Tree Top Walk
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ©
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

7
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hamelin Bay Jetty and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hamelin Bay and Gnarabup Beach. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup Beach, & more) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Caves Road, have some family-friendly fun at Amaze'n Margaret River, do a tasting at Coward and Black Winery - Margaret River Cellar Door, and browse the fresh offerings at Bunbury Farmers Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Wilyabrup, Cowaramup, Cape Naturaliste, Augusta
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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