43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Narrogin
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Bicheno
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
13
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Narrogin

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Visit St. Mary's Cathedral and Fremantle Prison for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Shipwreck Galleries and Western Australian Maritime Museum. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and The Fremantle Round House (in Fremantle). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take a leisurely stroll along South Perth Foreshore, and get to know the resident critters at Perth Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perth online travel planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Perth. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle, South Perth, Scarborough Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

4
nights
Margaret River

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meelup Beach and Lake Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Busselton) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Margaret River trip builder .

You can drive from Perth to Margaret River in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Yallingup, Augusta, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Little Beach and National Anzac Centre. When in Albany, make a side trip to see Greens Pool in Denmark, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albany day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kelly Hill Caves and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kangaroo Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures in Weeaproinah (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

3
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennet River Koala Walk and Lorne Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Apollo Bay: Lorne (Teddy's Lookout & Erskine Falls). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Ocean Walk, delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest, and get great views at Mariners Lookout.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Apollo Bay day trip planner.

Drive from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lorne, Kennet River Koala Walk
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

2
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tamar Island Wetlands and Platypus House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Woolmers Estate. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek) and Seahorse World (in Beauty Point). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, stroll around City Park, take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Launceston road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Apollo Bay to Launceston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bicheno.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Woolmers Estate, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

2
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bicheno trip planner .

Getting from Launceston to Bicheno by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. January in Bicheno sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Coles Bay
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Russell Falls. Get some cultural insight at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Richmond Gaol. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 17th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart online itinerary planner .

Getting from Bicheno to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Russell Falls
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit Vaucluse House and Justice & Police Museum for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Benedict's Church, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday website .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Coastal walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Roto House, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 29th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get great views at Anzac Hill, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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