50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Cairns, Bus to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, 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, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Alice Springs, Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Perth
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
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.
Cape Tribulation is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Tribulation. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Spend the 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

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You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Cairns

— 4 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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 40 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then step aboard Whitsunday Passage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Hervey Bay

— 3 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Hervey Bay is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, and make a splash at WetSide Water Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hervey Bay, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to K'gari, contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 5 hours. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Sydney

— 5 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, visit The Rocks, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney is minus 0.5 hours. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Melbourne

— 5 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.
Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online journey planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. You'll set off for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 6 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mamukala Billabong.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Perth route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.