55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 7 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©

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.
Attractions like The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Wildlife Coast Cruises and St. Kilda Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Phillip Island Helicopters (in Newhaven). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Wildlife Coast Cruises ©
Wildlife Coast Cruises

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Sydney

Sydney ©

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.
Attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Darling Harbour make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls, Katoomba Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Sydney by Kayak.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Step out of the city life by going to Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mt Gower and Lagoon Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

4
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Gold Coast

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Visiting GC Jet Boating & Parasailing and Burleigh Heads Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Mountain Bliss Day Spa (in Mount Tamborine). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach and stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast is minus 0.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Golden Beach Hire and The Noosa Spa. Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Moffat Beach (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Thrill Hill Waterslide (in Woombye). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, take a pleasant ride with Noosa Horses, and explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Noosa Spa ©
The Noosa Spa
Golden Beach Hire ©
Golden Beach Hire
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Station Rainforest and Lake McKenzie.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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Cairns

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Visiting Trinity Beach and Billy Tea Safaris will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip site.

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

5
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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.
Kids will enjoy Ocean Safari and Daintree Discovery Centre. Visiting D'Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours and Daintree National Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Ocean Safari ©
Ocean Safari
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Agincourt Reef. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, see the world from above with GBR Helicopters -Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Attractions like Maguk Gorge and Yellow Water Cruises make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Anbangbang Billabong and Mirray Lookout. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring ancient history at Ubirr. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, see Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

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

Do a combination of flight and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water Cruises ©
Yellow Water Cruises

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mutitjulu Waterhole and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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