59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 15 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 15 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Katherine
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 16 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

15
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.
Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands, & more), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Moffat Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, get outside with Watersports Guru, and find something for the whole family at Dreamworld.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip tool .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brisbane, Caloundra, Byron Bay, Landsborough Museum, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Apr 20 — May 5:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

15
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree (Tranquility Falls, Daintree Tea, & more), Cape Tribulation (Dubuji Boardwalk, Myall Beach, & more) and Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove, Daintree, Kuranda, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay May 5 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

11
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Katherine: Pine Creek (Pine Creek National Trust Museum and Library, Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T., & more), Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge (in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)) and Mataranka (Bitter Springs, Elsey National Park, & more). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's much more to do: get great views at Bukbukluk Lookout, see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, view the masterpieces at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Katherine trip builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Katherine in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Katherine: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mataranka, Pine Creek, Kakadu National Park, Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge, Larrimah Museum
Find places to stay May 20 — Jun 1:
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Bukbukluk Lookout ©
Bukbukluk Lookout

16
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 out of town with these interesting Alice Springs side-trips: Cannonball Run Monument (in Stuarts Well) and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct (in Hermannsburg). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, get all the information you need at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and get outside with Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs online itinerary planner .

Fly from Katherine to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Alice Springs is little chillier than Katherine - with highs of 23°C and lows of 5°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Centre, Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Cannonball Run Monument
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 17:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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