50 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Columbus

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Sydney — 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Australian National Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Chinese Garden of Friendship. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip app.

Columbus, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Columbus in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and The National Pass. Let the collections at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum and Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Katoomba with an excursion to Kurrajong Radio Museum in Kurrajong--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wentworth Falls Lookout, hike along Grand Canyon track, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades House & Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip website.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. You'll explore and learn at Scienceworks and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Coast Cruises (in Cowes) and National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Melbourne Holocaust Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and stroll around Fitzroy Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru Hiking Path and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, go for a walk through Mala Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, and identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday builder.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 7 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Ubirr and Animal Tracks Safari will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Maguk Gorge and Kakadu Fishing Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, take in the dramatic natural features at Koolpin Gorge, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 29th (Sat).
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Port Douglas — 4 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Deep Retreat Port Douglas, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Cape Tribulation — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally hike along Dubuji Boardwalk. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 3 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Get some cultural insight at Mapleton Observatory and Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. Inc.. Step out of the city life by going to Smithys Fishing Charters and FlyWaco. Change things up with a short trip to Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, identify plant and animal life at Buderim Forest Park, and see the interesting displays at Pioneer Cottage Buderim.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mooloolaba trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Mooloolaba when traveling from Airlie Beach in August, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 3 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade. Get some cultural insight at Whistle Stop Rail Museum and Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hervey Bay: Childers (Military And Memorabilia Museum, Old Pharmacy Museum, &more) and Mary Ann Steam Locomotive (in Maryborough). There's more to do: admire the striking features of Customs House Interpretive Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. August in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 5 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. August in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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