61 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Launceston
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 4 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
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
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Albany
— 3 nights
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Margaret River
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Melbourne — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at St. Kilda Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve. National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Melbourne Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Wildlife Coast Cruises (in Cowes), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Lake Wendouree). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Launceston.
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Launceston — 4 nights

The Heart of Tasmania

Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. You'll explore and learn at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Low Head Penguin Tours (in Low Head), Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World) and St Columba Waterfall (in Pyengana). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, get outside with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, and stroll around City Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Melbourne to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hobart.
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Hobart — 6 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and The Neck. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Remarkable Cave. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to The Parsonage (in Port Arthur) and Raptor Refuge (in Kettering). On the 30th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, don't miss a visit to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, stroll through Kingston Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Three Sisters and Blue Mountains. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wentworth Falls Lookout and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves to see Jenolan Caves about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along The Giant Stairway, get great views at Elysian Rock Lookout, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hobart to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in February, with highs in Katoomba at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Powerhouse Museum. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, get outside with Watsons Bay, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney route website.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Kurrawa Beach. Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Byron Bay Dive Centre (in Byron Bay) and Good Vibes Pilates (in Tweed Heads). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip planning tool.

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum and Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery & Bundaberg Botanic Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at WetSide Water Park and don't miss a visit to The Pier.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hervey Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 4 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cairns.
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Cairns — 6 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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Billy Tea Safaris. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Spas. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree Entomological museum in Diwan, approximately Diwan away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kangaroo Island.
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Kangaroo Island — 5 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Raptor Domain. Step out of the city life by going to Flinders Chase National Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch, see Off-Road Tours, relax in the rural setting at Clifford's Honey Farm, and deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Kangaroo Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Albany.
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Albany — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Gap and Natural Bridge and National Anzac Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Greens Pool and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from Albany with a short trip to Elephant Rocks in Denmark, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Little Beach, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Middleton Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.
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Margaret River — 6 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jewel Cave and Gnarabup Beach. Relax by the water at Hamelin Bay and Meelup Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta), Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup Beach, &more) and Eagle Bay Brewery (in Dunsborough). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, and take in the waterfront at Busselton Jetty.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip maker tool.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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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