60 days in Australia, Papua New Guinea & West Papua Itinerary

60 days in Australia, Papua New Guinea & West Papua Itinerary

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60 days in Australia, Papua New Guinea & West Papua Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Adelaide, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Hobart, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cowes, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
8
Katoomba, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  25​h
14
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland

4
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fremantle Prison and The Railway Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Nostalgia Box Museum and The Perth Mint. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Old Blythewood (in Pinjarra), All Saints Anglican Church (in Belhus) and Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine (in Harvey). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barna Mia Nocturnal Wildlife Experience.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Perth online trip itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Perth is 7 hours. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle, Matilda Bay Reserve, Barna Mia Nocturnal Wildlife Experience, Zanthorrea Nursery, Lake Claremont
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
Alice Springs, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): view the masterpieces at This is Aboriginal Art, identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, learn more about the world around you at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT, examine the collection at Adelaide House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of Talapi. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Owen Springs Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary website .

Getting from Perth to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Adelaide House Museum ©
Adelaide House Museum
Talapi ©
Talapi

3
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

4
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Let the collections at Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Migration Museum and Kalleske Wines. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda), Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock) and McLaren Vale (Fox Creek Wines & Primo Estate). Dedicate the 14th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Cedars, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, indulge your taste buds at Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Adelaide.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip maker tool .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In May in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Hahndorf, Greenock, McLaren Vale, Langmeil Winery, ISKCON Adelaide
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
nights
Hobart, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Port Arthur Historic Site and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Get some historical perspective at Australian Convict Sites and St John the Baptist Chuch. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Shene Tasmania (in Pontville), Port Arthur (Three Capes Track & Cape Raoul) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Raptor Refuge, step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fern Tree.

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

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Adelaide in May, expect Hobart to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Raptor Refuge, Shene Tasmania, Maria Island National Park, St John the Baptist Chuch
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at HMAS Castlemaine, steep yourself in history at The Johnston Collection, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sovereign Hill, Pumping Station
Find places to stay May 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

4
nights
Cowes, Australia

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Appreciate the collections at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Go for a jaunt from Cowes to Walkerville to see Cape Liptrap Coastal Park about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Churchill Island Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve, and take in the waterfront at Rhyll Jetty.

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Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Cowes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rhyll, Phillip Island, Newhaven, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

4
nights
Katoomba, Australia

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll explore and learn at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Visit The National Pass and Old Wallerawang Station for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Lithgow (Blackfellows Hand Cave, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, & more), Kurrajong Radio Museum (in Kurrajong) and Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, and view the masterpieces at Gallery One88.

Make your Katoomba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Cowes to Katoomba in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cowes in May, you will find days in Katoomba are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lithgow, Blackheath, Bilpin, Blue Mountains National Park, Megalong Valley
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

6
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Sydney, Australia

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online travel planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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nights
Gold Coast, Australia

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Queensland Art Gallery and Opal Museum. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & South Bank Parklands), O'Reillys Birds of Prey (in Lamington National Park) and Moffat Beach (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast holiday planner .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
night
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby ©
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Port Moresby Nature Park and then stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Moresby day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Port Moresby takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, expect nights in Port Moresby to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Port Moresby Nature Park ©
Port Moresby Nature Park
Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery

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nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
You'll explore and learn at Daintree Discovery Centre and Village Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Safaris, & more). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Port Moresby to Cairns in 3 hours. Traveling from Port Moresby in June, things will get slightly colder in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Darwin, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience. You'll explore and learn at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres and Darwin Military Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Darwin: Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River), Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: browse the exhibits of Provenance Arts and look for all kinds of wild species at Casuarina Coastal Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Darwin online road trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Raja Ampat.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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nights
Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat ©
Raja Ampat is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Pianemo Islands, identify plant and animal life at Pulau Wayag, wander the streets of Yenbuba Village, and see the vivid underwater world at Cape Kri.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Raja Ampat trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darwin to Raja Ampat. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Raja Ampat

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kri ©
Cape Kri
Pulau Wayag ©
Pulau Wayag

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