57 days in Australia Itinerary

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Adelaide
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Hobart
— 5 nights
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Torquay
— 4 nights
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Port Campbell
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Canberra
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 7 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 5 nights
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Adelaide — 5 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Langmeil Winery and General Post Office will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Migration Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Greenock (Murray Street Vineyards & Kalleske Wines), Tscharke Wines (in Marananga) and McLaren Vale (Primo Estate & Wine Diva Tours). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrick Hill, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at National Motor Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Adelaide. In December in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hobart.
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Hobart — 5 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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington will get you outdoors. Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Port Arthur Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Arthur (Cape Raoul & The Parsonage), Raptor Refuge (in Kettering) and Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, do a tasting at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip planning website.

You can fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Hobart due to the time zone difference. In December, Hobart is little chillier than Adelaide - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Torquay.
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Torquay — 4 nights

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Australian National Surfing Museum and Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at The Great Ocean Road and Sorrento Front Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Ocean Beach (in Nelson), Point Lonsdale Beach (in Point Lonsdale) and Ocean Grove Beach (in Ocean Grove). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Dinny Goonan Wines, enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach, stroll through Point Roadknight, and browse the exhibits of Surfcoastimages Gallery.

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Getting from Hobart to Torquay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in December, you will find days in Torquay are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.
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Port Campbell — 3 nights

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Get outdoors at Port Campbell National Park and Johanna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Campbell: Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway) and Great Ocean Walk (in Apollo Bay). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell vacation app.

You can drive from Torquay to Port Campbell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Melbourne.
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Rye Ocean Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and WaterMaarq (in Sorrento). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History, browse the exhibits of Old Treasury Building, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Canberra.
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Canberra — 4 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Australian War Memorial and Questacon. Let the collections at National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canberra: The Grape Escape (in Mittagong) and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (in Paddys River). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Old Parliament House and get curious at Geoscience Australia.

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Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 7 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 appreciate Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

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Fly from Canberra to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Shelly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Island Gondola (in Bribie Island). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, relax and rejuvenate at FloCryo, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hydeaway Bay Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Gloucester Island National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning site.

Fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 20th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas journey maker app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Perth.
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Perth — 5 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Secret Harbour Beach. Fremantle Prison and The Nostalgia Box Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Top Gun Tours (in West Swan). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Railway Museum, get curious at Scitech, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Perth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Perth, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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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