43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Darwin
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
5
Hobart
— 4 nights
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
8
Adelaide
— 3 nights
9
Albany
— 2 nights
10
Margaret River
— 3 nights
11
Perth
— 7 nights

3
nights
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.
Star Village and Defence of Darwin Experience are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Litchfield National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Darwin to go to Berry Springs and see Territory Wildlife Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove and make a trip to Parliament House.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Darwin online vacation planner.

Milan, Italy to Darwin is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8.5 hours traveling from Milan to Darwin. In December, Darwin is warmer than Milan - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Agincourt Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Opal Reef and Boat Tours & Water Sports. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and 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. Traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Barron Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Spas

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Mary's Cathedral and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Shelly Beach and Palm Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & Blue Mountains) and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get outside with Watsons Bay, and hike along Manly Scenic Walkway.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Dock and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately Brighton away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tasmanian Distillery and Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and steep yourself in history at May Queen.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hobart vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Hobart to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St Paul's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Healesville (Four Pillars Distillery & Healesville Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, stop by Degraves Street, explore the activities along Yarra River, and browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Healesville, Eastern Beach Reserve, Bells Beach, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Raptor Domain and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Admirals Arch and Off-Road Tours. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

3
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.
Get outdoors at Glenelg Beach and Cleland Wildlife Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and North Terrace. Step out of Adelaide with an excursion to Gorge Wildlife Park in Cudlee Creek--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, see where the action happens at Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide tour builder website.

You can do a combination of from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glenelg Beach, River Torrens Linear Park Trail, Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, and then kick back and relax at Middleton Beach. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, thendo a tasting at Castelli Cellar Door, thenexamine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Albany trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Albany takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide to Albany, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Albany reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Hamelin Bay and Meelup Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks) and Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Caves Road, delve into the distant past at Hamelin Bay Jetty, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Harmans Estate Winery and Distillery, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Perth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Harmans Estate Winery and Distillery, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scarborough Beach and Caversham Wildlife Park. Explore hidden gems such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Scitech. Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham), Mandurah (Dolphin Quay & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Fremantle (WA Maritime Museum & Fremantle Markets). Pack the 28th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of WA Shipwrecks Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Hillarys Boat Harbour, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Margaret River to Perth in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Perth sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mandurah, Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
WA Shipwrecks Museum ©
WA Shipwrecks Museum

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