59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
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Sydney
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Lightning Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Blackall
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Mount Isa
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
6
Mataranka
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Katherine
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Darwin
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
10
Kununurra
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
11
Derby
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Broome
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
13
Halls Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
14
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
15
Coober Pedy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
16
Broken Hill
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

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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.
On the 1st (Mon), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Speed Boats Tours

1
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Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 2nd (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of 3 mile Heritage opal mines, then explore the galleries of Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally see the interesting displays at The Bottle House Mining Museum. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Lightning Ridge, then get engrossed in the history at Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery, and then learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Sydney to Lightning Ridge takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Blackall.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle

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Blackall

Blackall ©
Blackall is a small town and rural locality in the Blackall-Tambo Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to The Black Stump, then contemplate the long history of Blackall Woolscour, and then appreciate the history behind Jackie Howe Statue.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blackall day trip website .

You can drive from Lightning Ridge to Blackall in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You will leave for Longreach on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Blackall

Historic Sites
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Blackall Woolscour ©
Blackall Woolscour
The Black Stump ©
The Black Stump

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Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Spinifex Collections. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Longreach trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Blackall to Longreach takes 2.5 hours. July in Longreach sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Isa.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
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Mount Isa

Mount Isa ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): head outdoors with Telstra Hill and then head outdoors with Lake Moondarra. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Hard Times Mine, examine the collection at Outback at Isa, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mount Isa City Lookout.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mount Isa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Longreach to Mount Isa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Mount Isa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Mount Isa

Outdoors Museums
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Outback at Isa ©
Outback at Isa
Mount Isa City Lookout ©
Mount Isa City Lookout
Lake Moondarra ©
Lake Moondarra

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Mataranka

Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. On the 10th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, then stroll the grounds of Elsey Cemetery National Reserve, then stroll around Elsey National Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mataranka online trip maker .

You can drive from Mount Isa to Mataranka in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve ©
Elsey Cemetery National Reserve

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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Katherine Hot Springs and Katherine Gorge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nitmiluk National Park and Jatbula Trail. Step out of Katherine to go to Pine Creek and see Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T., which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls, get engrossed in the history at Katherine School of the Air Tourist Room, identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve, and explore and take pictures at Katherine Outback Experience.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Katherine trip builder .

Getting from Mataranka to Katherine by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Umbrawarra Gorge Pine Creek N.T.
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Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Maguk Gorge and Gunlom Waterfall Creek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anbangbang Billabong and Cahills Crossing. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, and explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip maker .

Getting from Katherine to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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Darwin

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Get some historical perspective at Adelaide River War Cemetery and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo), Buley Rockhole (in Litchfield National Park) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and head outdoors with Far Out Adventures.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin online day trip planner .

Drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Darwin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Kununurra.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 28:
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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Adelaide River War Cemetery ©
Adelaide River War Cemetery
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls

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Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Zebra Rock Gallery and Durack Homestead Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Ord River and Emma Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Marlgu Billabong in Wyndham (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Keep River National Park. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Mirima National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at ZEBRA ROCK MINE GALLERY & CAMPGROUND, sample the fine beverages at Hoochery Distillery, explore the striking landscape of El Questro Wilderness Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Artopia Kununurra.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kununurra trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Kununurra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Kununurra. Expect little chillier evenings in Kununurra when traveling from Darwin in July, with lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Derby.

Things to do in Kununurra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marlgu Billabong, Keep River National Park
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Mirima National Park ©
Mirima National Park
ZEBRA ROCK MINE GALLERY & CAMPGROUND ©
Kangaroo Haven ©
Kangaroo Haven

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Derby

Derby ©
Derby is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Old Derby Goal, then explore the world behind art at Norval Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Manning Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Galvans Gorge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, don't miss a visit to Mount Barnett, and then get engrossed in the history at Wharfingers House Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Derby trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kununurra to Derby in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Derby can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Derby

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Manning Gorge
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Norval Gallery ©
Norval Gallery
Boab Prison Tree ©
Boab Prison Tree
Manning Gorge ©
Manning Gorge

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Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Broome Historical Museum and Catholic Diocese of Broome. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Reddell Beach, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Broome attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Derby to Broome takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Halls Creek.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay

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Halls Creek

Halls Creek ©
Halls Creek is a town situated in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): cruise along Mary Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Russian Jack Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at China Wall, and then immerse yourself in nature at Palm Springs Nature Reserve.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Halls Creek route app .

You can drive from Broome to Halls Creek in 7 hours. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Halls Creek

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Mary Pool ©
Mary Pool

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Get in touch with nature at Ormiston Gorge and Simpsons Gap. There's more to do: grab your bike and head to Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path and contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Halls Creek to Alice Springs takes 23.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Halls Creek to Alice Springs due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap
Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole

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Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Serbian Orthodox Church and Old Timers Mine. Visit Catacomb Church and The Big Miner for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Breakaways Conservation Park, admire the landmark architecture of Faye's Underground Home, don't miss a visit to Dog Fence, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coober Pedy route planner .

Drive from Alice Springs to Coober Pedy in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for little chillier days in Coober Pedy, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home
Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Serbian Orthodox Church ©
Serbian Orthodox Church

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Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
Escape the urban bustle at Day Dream Mine and The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary. Get some historical perspective at Silverton Cemetery and Survey Tree 1882. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Broken Hill: Menindee (Kinchega National Park & Lake Menindee). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Living Desert State Park, and don't miss a visit to Broken Hill Miner's Memorial.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Broken Hill trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Coober Pedy to Broken Hill in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Coober Pedy in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Broken Hill, with highs around 18°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Silverton, Menindee
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Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery

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