54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  11 h 45 min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 45 min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h
10
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
12
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  19 h 45 min
End: London

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Twin Falls, explore the ancient world of Ubirr, hike along Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Bilkbilkmi - Graveside Gorge.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

4
nights
Port Douglas

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: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip site.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, SunJet Simulations, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Make your Lord Howe Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 12.5 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

6
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online holiday planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

5
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, admire all the interesting features of The National Pass, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba route website.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Katoomba in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately Fremantle away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, explore the activities along Swan River, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Perth trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Lake Claremont
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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