50 days in Australia Itinerary

50 days in Australia Itinerary

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50 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Drive:  3​h
1
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Esperance
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Eucla
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Port Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Port Augusta
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 6 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 8 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
10
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
11
Cairns
— 6 nights
End: Cairns

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Meelup Beach and Yallingup Beach. Get in touch with nature at Jewel Cave and Boranup Karri Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dunsborough). Spend the 12th (Mon) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, do a tasting at Cape Grace Wines, and look for gifts at Mukau Giftware & Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Margaret River journey planner.

Perth to Margaret River is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Dunsborough, Augusta, Lake Cave, Yallingup Beach
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

3
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Le Grand National Park and Thistle Cove. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay, stroll through Rossiter Bay, make a trip to Esperance Whale Tail, and contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Esperance trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Esperance in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Eucla.

Things to do in Esperance

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay

1
night
Eucla

Eucla
Eucla is the easternmost locality in Western Australia, located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia along the Eyre Highway, approximately 11km west of the South Australian border. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Eucla National Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Eucla trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Esperance to Eucla takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Eucla

Wildlife Nature Beaches
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1
night
Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln ©
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
On the 20th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Winter Hill Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Forest Tourist Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fishery Bay.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Lincoln trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Eucla to Port Lincoln takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Glen Forest Tourist Park ©
Glen Forest Tourist Park
Fishery Bay ©
Fishery Bay
Winter Hill Lookout ©
Winter Hill Lookout

1
night
Port Augusta

Port Augusta ©
A natural harbor established in 1852, Port Augusta houses one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area, the Wadlata Outback Center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): have fun at Port Augusta Train Park, get great views at Water Tower Lookout, then take some stellar pictures from Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout, and finally admire the natural beauty at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Port Augusta online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Port Lincoln to Port Augusta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. November in Port Augusta sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Augusta

Parks Fun & Games
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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden ©
Water Tower Lookout ©
Water Tower Lookout
Matthew Flinders Red Cliff Lookout ©

6
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Horseshoe Bay and West Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blowhole Beach and Semaphore Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga) and Beerenberg Farm (in Hahndorf). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, don't miss a visit to Old Gum Tree Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide vacation builder app .

You can drive from Port Augusta to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Gum Tree Reserve, Cleland Wildlife Park, Beerenberg Farm, Between the Vines Cellar Door, Aldinga Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach. Relax by the water at Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. Spend the 1st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Adelaide in November, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Australian War Memorial and Questacon. Escape the urban bustle at Floriade and Lake Burley Griffin. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, go for a walk through City Walk, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Floriade ©
Floriade

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Clovelly. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Bouddi National Park (in Killcare) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and let the kids burn off some steam at Cremorne Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Bouddi National Park, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Art Gallery and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Art on Cairncross (in Maleny) and Surfers Paradise (Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise & Surfer's Paradise Beach). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online day trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Moffat Beach, Art on Cairncross
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

6
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daintree Discovery Centre and St Monica's Cathedral. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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