50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
3
Hobart
— 5 nights
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
5
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
6
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
7
Margaret River
— 4 nights
8
Albany
— 3 nights
9
Darwin
— 3 nights
10
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
12
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights

2
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Cape Byron Walking Track). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online travel route builder.

Newark, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Gold Coast is 15 hours. Traveling from Newark in November, expect Gold Coast to be much warmer, temps between 79°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Head to ATTY Gallery and Gallery One88for some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Richmond Gaol will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Salamanca Arts Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip builder website.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around 67°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

4
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wineglass Bay Lookout and East Coast Natureworld. Take a break from the city and head to Freycinet National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, and don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Highlights from your plan
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loch Ard Gorge and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Get outdoors at Port Campbell National Park and Twelve Apostles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Campbell: Apollo Bay (Mait's Rest & Great Ocean Walk) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps, and make a trip to The Grotto.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Coles Bay to Port Campbell in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lightstation, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Childer's Cove
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Get outdoors at Seal Bay Conservation Park and Off-Road Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Flinders Chase National Park and Admirals Arch. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kelly Hill Caves and head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

4
nights
Margaret River

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and JahRoc Galleries. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Cave and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave), Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's much more to do: cruise along Caves Road, kick back and relax at Gnarabup Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Margaret River road trip site.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River by flight takes about 25 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Yallingup, Jewel Cave, Meelup Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point, and then kick back and relax at Little Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Albany tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Darwin.

Things to do in Albany

Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Highlights from your plan
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Aviation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs Nature Park. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Darwin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Darwin takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albany to Darwin, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Albany in December: highs in Darwin hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Highlights from your plan
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

4
nights
Port Douglas

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 a sense of the local culture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Opal Reef. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cape Tribulation and see Daintree National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at With Sugar, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

4
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Babinda Boulders, Paronella Park, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Visit Whitehaven Beach and Catseye Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Hill Inlet in Whitsunday Island, about 3 hours away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach route planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Whitsunday Island, Catseye Beach
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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