52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

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52 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Jurien Bay
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h
4
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Esperance
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Perth

4
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.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Fremantle (Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Markets, & more) and Rockingham (Rockingham Beach & Shoalwater Islands Marine Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Langley Park, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Perth sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Perth. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham, Scarborough Beach, Sir James Mitchell Park, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
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.
Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste), Busselton Jetty (in Busselton) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). Spend the 13th (Tue) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, look for gifts at Mukau Giftware & Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Yallingup Beach, and stroll through Cowaramup Bay.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River attractions planning site .

You can drive from Perth to Margaret River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Jurien Bay.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Cowaramup, Jewel Cave, Busselton Jetty, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

1
day
Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay ©
Jurien Bay, is a coastal town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 220km north of Perth facing the Indian Ocean.HistoryThe coastline around Jurien Bay was first known to Europeans in the 17th century. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Stromatolites, explore the activities along Lake Thetis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jurien Bay Marine Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jurien Bay trip site .

Getting from Margaret River to Jurien Bay by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Jurien Bay

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cervantes
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
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Jurien Bay Marine Park ©
Jurien Bay Marine Park
Lake Thetis ©
Lake Thetis

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock), Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot) and Encounter Bikeway (in Victor Harbor). Dedicate the 19th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Cedars, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Jurien Bay to Adelaide with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jurien Bay to Adelaide. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Murray Street Vineyards, Encounter Bikeway, The Cedars, Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Cedars ©
The Cedars
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

7
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary site .

Fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wategos Beach (in Byron Bay) and Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Dicky Beach). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, browse the fresh offerings at Sanctuary Markets, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Wategos Beach
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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.
Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 20th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Thistle Cove, stroll through Twilight Bay, and steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Esperance route planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Esperance takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Esperance is minus 2 hours. In December in Esperance, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

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