60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Hobart
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Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly to Melbourne, Ferry to Cowes
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Cowes
— 5 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Adelaide
— 6 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island

— 1 night
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 20th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island day trip planning website.

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Sydney

— 7 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and ATTY Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Australian Centre for Photography. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:

Katoomba

— 5 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
For shopping fun, head to Blue Mountains Cultural Centre or Teddy Sinclair. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Katoomba Antique Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum in Valley Heights (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Falls Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba route planning website.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Wild Island Tasmania and Tasting House - Coal River Valley Wine Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck), Port Arthur Historic Site (in Port Arthur) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's lots more to do: get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, explore the world behind art at Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Hobart by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Katoomba in January, expect Hobart to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Cowes

— 5 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Visit YCW Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Wildlife Coast Cruises, kick back and relax at The Colonnades, identify plant and animal life at Conservation Hill Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowes Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cowes day trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hobart to Cowes takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. While traveling from Hobart, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cowes, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Melbourne

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Sovereign Hill and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Federation Square and Australian Print Workshop. Dedicate the 15th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Old Treasury Building, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

Adelaide

— 6 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Migration Museum and Langmeil Winery. Head to Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd and Adelaide Central Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to McLaren Vale (Primo Estate & Wine Diva Tours), Hahndorf (Hans Heysen Art Studio & Hahndorf Fruit and Veg Market) and Gemtree Wines (in McLaren Flat). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, learn about winemaking at Tscharke Wines, and get a taste of the local shopping with Rundle Mall.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Get outdoors at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, hike along Kuniya Walk, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Port Douglas

— 5 nights
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Museum-lovers will get to explore Daintree Discovery Centre and Ngarru Gallery. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree Entomological museum in Diwan, approximately Diwan away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Cairns

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre (in Mareeba). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Billy Tea Safaris, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 6:

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Relax by the water at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and Eli Creek.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in February, plan for little chillier nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

Noosa

— 6 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Island Gondola and Marcoola Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Bulcock Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Montville (Kondalilla Falls & Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith) and Caloundra (Moffat Beach, Kings Beach, &more). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.