54 days in Australia Itinerary

54 days in Australia Itinerary

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1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
9
Katoomba
— 5 nights
10
Melbourne
— 6 nights
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
12
Perth
— 3 nights

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 much more to do: make a trip to Ubirr, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands, hike along Bardedjilidji Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

London, UK to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from London to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 9.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough 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:
Highlights from your plan
Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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, get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough 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
Spas
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.
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, thenzoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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 Laserzone Sunshine Coast (in Warana), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra). 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 other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online road trip planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around °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, Laserzone Sunshine Coast, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip tool.

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to 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
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, thenenjoy 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.

Fly from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 13 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

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach °C, while at night they dip to °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

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
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and explore the striking landscape of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Katoomba in January, with lows around °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
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °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
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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. The adventure continues: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, explore the activities along Lake Claremont, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Tours

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
Wine Tours & Tastings

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