13 days in Western Australia Itinerary

13 days in Western Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
train + ferry:  1​h 30​min
2
Rottnest Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Exmouth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ningaloo
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Perth Zoo, and explore the activities along Swan River.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth itinerary maker tool .

Melbourne to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Perth Zoo, Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Rottnest Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Basin, and then get outside with Little Armstrong Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Oliver Hill Battery, visit a coastal fixture at Wadjemup Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salmon Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Rocks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rottnest Island trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Perth to Rottnest Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rottnest Island can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Little Armstrong Bay ©
Little Armstrong Bay
Oliver Hill Battery ©
Oliver Hill Battery
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Busselton (Busselton Jetty & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 14th (Sat) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Margaret River sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rottnest Island to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Busselton, Lake Cave
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty
Food Tours

1
night
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get curious at Ningaloo Centre, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Yardie Creek, and then kick back and relax at Turquoise Bay.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Exmouth trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. September in Exmouth sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ningaloo.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Shark Diving
Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

1
night
Ningaloo

Ningaloo ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Reef.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ningaloo sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Exmouth to Ningaloo takes 1.5 hours. In September in Ningaloo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Wildlife Parks
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Broome itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ningaloo to Broome takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ningaloo in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Broome, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

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