56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h
6
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Margaret River
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Nan Tien Temple. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Australian War Memorial and National Portrait Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Old Parliament House, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in November, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

6
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and The Neck (in Bruny Island). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and admire the striking features of Constitution Dock.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Tours Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Neck
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden and Golden Dragon Museum. For shopping fun, head to Federation Square or Art Gallery of Ballarat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford), Bendigo Art Gallery (in Bendigo) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Bendigo, Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Flinders Chase National Park and Off-Road Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Dudley Cellar Door. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Anzac Centre and Emu Point. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Greens Pool and Middleton Beach. Take a break from Albany with a short trip to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company in Scotsdale, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, kick back and relax at Little Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Albany are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

6
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Bunbury Farmers Market and Gabriel Chocolate. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough) and Yallingup (Yallingup Beach & Ngilgi Cave). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hamelin Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and view the masterpieces at Vasse Felix Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Margaret River itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Dunsborough, Vasse Felix Winery, Bunbury Farmers Market
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Explore hidden gems such as The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and get answers to all your questions at Alice Springs School of the Air.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Margaret River to Alice Springs by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs is 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Territory Wildlife Park. Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and cool off at Wave Lagoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Alice Springs in December since evenings lows in Darwin dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

6
nights
Cairns

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ngarru Gallery and Bones and Jones. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Cove Beach and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef & Safaris), Mission Beach (in Mission Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Mission Beach, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head), Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, and browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Lennox Head Beach, Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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