43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
train:  4​h 15​min
1
Jervis Bay
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Esperance
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Albany
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mandurah
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

4
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Hyams Beach and Callala Beach. Kids will enjoy Mogo Zoo and Greenfield Beach. Explore Jervis Bay's surroundings by going to Broulee Island Walk (in Broulee) and Bendalong Beach (in Bendalong). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blenheim Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Murrays Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay visit planner.

Sydney to Jervis Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Jervis Bay, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cabbage Beach, Bendalong Beach, Callala Beach, Broulee Island Walk, Mogo Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Mogo Zoo ©
Mogo Zoo
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach

4
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. Attractions like Thistle Cove and Ten Mile Lagoon make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twilight Bay and Hellfire Bay. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salmon Beach, look for gifts at Mermaid Leather, and take in the exciting artwork at Section Glass Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Esperance tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Jervis Bay to Esperance takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Jervis Bay to Esperance, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Esperance sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cheynes Beach and Little Beach. Attractions like Greens Pool and Anvil Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands), Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Denmark (Parry Beach, Ocean Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nanarup Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and stroll through Misery Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Albany trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Esperance to Albany takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Esperance, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Albany, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Meelup Beach and Yallingup Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mammoth Cave and Hamelin Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Yallingup (Smiths Beach & Ngilgi Cave) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Margaret River Chocolate Company, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, view the masterpieces at Jahroc Galleries, and look for gifts at Moon Haven Natural Products.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River road trip tool .

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mandurah.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Cowaramup, Cowaramup Bay, Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

3
nights
Mandurah

Mandurah ©
Mandurah is a coastal city in Western Australia, situated approximately 72km south of the state capital, Perth. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Scarborough Beach and Silver Sands Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Warnbro Beach and Mandurah Cruises. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mandurah: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Cottesloe Beach (in Cottesloe).

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mandurah online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Mandurah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Mandurah sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Mandurah

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach, Warnbro Beach, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kids will enjoy Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and tour the pleasant surroundings at Island Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Mandurah to Kangaroo Island takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mandurah to Kangaroo Island is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Blowhole Beach and Morgan Beach. Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Boomer Beach. Step out of Adelaide to go to Carrickalinga and see Carrickalinga Beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, stroll through Adelaide Zoo, kick back and relax at Henley Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Port Elliot, Blowhole Beach, Henley Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Kings Beach and Noosa National Park. Visit Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Noosa with a short trip to Old Church Gallery Moore in Moore, about 2 hours away. It doesn't end there: stop by The Real McCaul and hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to Noosa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Kings Beach, Old Church Gallery Moore, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kirra Beach and Tugun Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Burleigh Head National Park and Broken Head Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: You and Bamboo (in Bogangar), Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour planning site .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

You and Bamboo, Broken Head Beach, Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at Clovelly.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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