20 days in Western Australia Itinerary

20 days in Western Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
Denham
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kalbarri
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Geraldton
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Esperance
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Roebuck Bay and Catholic Diocese of Broome. SSJG Heritage Centre and The Courthouse Collection will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Staircase To The Moon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, kick back and relax at Broome Town Beach, and make a trip to Broome Factory.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Broome driving holiday planning app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Broome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Christchurch in October: high temperatures in Broome hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Denham.

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Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
SSJG Heritage Centre ©
SSJG Heritage Centre

2
nights
Denham

Denham ©
Denham is the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Francois Peron National Park and Monkey Mia. Get outdoors at Shark Bay and Shell Beach. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean Park Aquarium.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denham tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Broome to Denham in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Denham

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Monkey Mia
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Shark Bay ©
Shark Bay
Francois Peron National Park ©
Francois Peron National Park
Monkey Mia ©
Monkey Mia

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nights
Kalbarri

Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Murchison River. Step out of the city life by going to Nature’s Window and Chinaman's Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Kalbarri Pelican Feeding, take some stellar pictures from Island Rock & Natural Bridge, and explore the striking landscape of Ross Graham Lookout.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kalbarri road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denham to Kalbarri takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geraldton.

Things to do in Kalbarri

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Kalbarri National Park
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Rainbow Jungle ©
Rainbow Jungle

2
nights
Geraldton

Geraldton ©
Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424km north of Perth.At June 2015 Geraldton had an estimated urban population of 39,825. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Geraldton, then examine the collection at The Tin Heads, and finally contemplate the long history of Oakabella Homestead. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Greenough Museum & Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Geraldton sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Kalbarri to Geraldton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Geraldton

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Oakabella Homestead, Greenough Museum & Gardens
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Oakabella Homestead ©
Oakabella Homestead
St Francis Xavier Cathedral ©
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Museum of Geraldton ©
Museum of Geraldton

2
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. You'll get in some beach time at Lucky Bay and Ten Mile Lagoon. Take a break from the city and head to Thistle Cove and Rotary Lookout. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach, contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge, don't miss a visit to Esperance Whale Tail, and stroll through Twilight Bay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Esperance trip planner.

You can fly from Geraldton to Esperance in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Geraldton in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Esperance: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emu Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Middleton Beach, then contemplate the long history of Princess Royal Fortress, then appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and finally explore the striking landscape of Cable Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Albany travel planner.

Traveling by car from Esperance to Albany takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Esperance in October: highs in Albany hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Princess Royal Fortress ©
Princess Royal Fortress
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum ©
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum

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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 Surfers Point and Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door. You'll get in some beach time at Margaret River Mouth Beach and Yallingup Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Canal Rocks (in Yallingup) and Dunsborough (Meelup Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm and look for gifts at Gabriel Chocolate.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Margaret River road trip planning app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Surfers Point, Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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