54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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54 days in Australia Itinerary

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
+2
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:  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. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the ancient world of Ubirr.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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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). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to 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
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra), Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to 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, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island journey builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish 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:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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): stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax 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.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

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Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows 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 Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Katoomba online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, 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
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat 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 Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Take a break from Perth with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, identify plant and animal life at Lake Claremont, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Perth travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°C and 20°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Claremont, Fremantle Prison
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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