60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Norfolk Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
11
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
13
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Margaret River
— 12 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

4
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Agincourt Reef and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Spend the 30th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 29th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Agincourt Reef
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at The Pines Elanora, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast itinerary planner .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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 hidden gems such as Museum of Brisbane and City Botanic Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, have fun at South Bank Parklands, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane tour app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emily Bay and Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area. For shopping fun, head to Norfolk Bath & Body or Gallery Guava. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, get great views at Queen Elizabeth Lookout, make a trip to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, and steep yourself in history at The Barracks.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Norfolk Island sightseeing website .

Fly from Brisbane to Norfolk Island in 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Norfolk Island is 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Norfolk Island: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trial Bay Gaol and Koala Hospital. Get some cultural insight at Tacking Point Lighthouse and German Monument. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Pilot Beach (in Camden Head), Smoky Cape Lighthouse (in South West Rocks) and Kendall Craft Co-operative (in Kendall). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Whitewashed Gallery, stroll through Coastal walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Elizabeth Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan a Port Macquarie trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie. When traveling from Norfolk Island in February, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Whitewashed Gallery, Pilot Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Kendall Craft Co-operative
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Jenolan Caves and St. Mary's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in February, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines in Bredbo--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, Mugga-Mugga Cottage
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Opossum Bay Beach and Kingston Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Australian Convict Sites (in Port Arthur). On the 24th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, shop like a local with Rosny Farm, explore the galleries of Richmond Gaol, and savor the flavors at Cascade Brewery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hobart day trip app .

Fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in February, you will find days in Hobart are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Kingston Beach, Rosny Farm, Australian Convict Sites
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kings Fine Art Gallery and Waubs Bay Gallery. Relax by the water at Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Bicheno (East Coast Natureworld & Denison Beach). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Kings Fine Art Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Raptor Domain and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Shep's Studio. Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, stop by Drift On Bliss, and step into the grandiose world of George's 40,000 Castle Lights.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Greens Pool and Cheynes Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company (in Scotsdale), Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands) and Denmark (Anvil Beach & Parry Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cosy Corner Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, and kick back and relax at Little Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albany route site .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

12
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.
Head to Bunbury Farmers Market and Swallows Welcome Art Studiofor some retail therapy. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and The Studio Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Boranup Karri Forest (in Australia Plains) and Yallingup (Yallingup Beach, Ngilgi Cave, & more). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at JahRoc Galleries, enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and stop by Gabriel Chocolate.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River tour planner.

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Pemberton, Augusta, Cowaramup, Harvey
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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