60 days in Australia Itinerary

60 days in Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 45 min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
10
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Blackheath
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
13
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Washington DC

4
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 Brisbane's surroundings by going to MaisyMoo (in Caloundra), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary website .

Washington DC, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brisbane. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in Brisbane at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, MaisyMoo, SunJet Simulations
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in June: highs in Cairns hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, &more). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

To see reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation vacation maker app .

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

5
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Elizas Gallery, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Elizas Gallery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) holiday site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 45°F in Perth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Reef. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Exmouth journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Exmouth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Perth in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Exmouth: highs are around 75°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
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Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Exmouth to Melbourne in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exmouth to Melbourne. Traveling from Exmouth in July, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 56°F and 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 20:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Blackheath takes 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Blackheath dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Bilpin Cider Company, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, and hike along Fraser Island Great Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Fraser Island. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Blackheath in July; daily highs in Fraser Island reach 73°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

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