53 days in Australia Itinerary

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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Leura
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island — 2 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Old Settlement Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip builder site.

Sydney to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) is 0.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Brisbane — 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel route tool.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Fraser Island — 6 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, stroll through Eli Creek, and see Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 13:

Port Douglas — 6 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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Douglas by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 19:

Cape Tribulation — 3 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.
Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Kulki Boardwalk, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation visit planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 23rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Find places to stay May 22 — 27:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) — 7 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, get a dose of the wild on Yellow Water Cruises, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 3:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

Melbourne — 6 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.
Dedicate the 8th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 12th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing app.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:

Sydney — 6 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, visit Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Leura.
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Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:

Leura — 5 nights

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Leura: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (in Mount Tomah), Bilpin (Hillbilly Cider & Bilpin Cider Company) and Windyridge Garden (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, sample some tasty brews at TCP Day Tours, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and get great views at Wentworth Falls Lookout.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Leura trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Sydney to Leura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Leura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

Australia travel guide

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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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