60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Torquay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Princetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Ballarat
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Perth
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h
8
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 11 nights
End: Sydney

7
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, examine the collection at Old Parliament House, get curious at Questacon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra sightseeing planner.

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 25°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Tortured Gum Brewery
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 7:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

11
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 to go to Cheltenham and see Cheltenham Golf Club, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cheltenham Golf Club
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 18:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, theme parks, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Churchill Island Marine National Park, and relax in the rural setting at Bimbadeen Phillip Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cowes trip planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Summerlands, Ventnor, Newhaven, Pinnacles Lookout, Rhyll Jetty
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

4
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Torquay: Beeac Windmill Park (in Beeac), Great Ocean Walk (in Apollo Bay) and Great Escape Books (in Aireys Inlet). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road, get outside with Geelong Adventure Specialists, take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, and have some family-friendly fun at Next Level Skirmish.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Torquay road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Torquay takes 3 hours. November in Torquay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Fun & Games

Side Trips

Geelong, Great Ocean Walk, Cape Otway Lightstation, Beeac Windmill Park, Great Escape Books
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

2
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Courthouse Camperdown, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge and then explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park.

Before you visit Princetown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Torquay to Princetown in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Courthouse Camperdown
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

5
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Explore Ballarat's surroundings by going to Mount Abrupt (in Dunkeld), The Pinnacle (in Halls Gap) and Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum (in Chewton). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, grab your bike and head to Castlemaine-Maldon Railside Trail, and make a trip to Clunes Historic Streetscape/Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ballarat trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Princetown to Ballarat in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November in Ballarat, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Clunes Historic Streetscape/Buildings, Castlemaine-Maldon Railside Trail, The Pinnacle, Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum, Mount Abrupt
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

8
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.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to The Vines Mini Golf (in The Vines), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Pinnaroo Point Beach (in Hillarys). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia, and take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Perth travel route site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Ballarat to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Ballarat to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ballarat in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, The Vines Mini Golf, Warnbro Beach, Kato's 3000 Grapes, City of Rockingham War Memorial
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

7
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 A2submarine Replica (in Kallangur) and Mount French National Park (in Boonah). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Opal Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Fly from Perth to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Brisbane is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Mount French National Park, Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, A2submarine Replica
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

11
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (Gallery One88, Wentworth Falls, & more), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Gallery Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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