26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Busselton
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Dunsborough
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
4
Yallingup
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Augusta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pemberton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Walpole
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
9
Denmark
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Ravensthorpe
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
12
Hopetoun
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
13
Esperance
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Step out of Perth to go to Fremantle and see Fremantle Prison, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary planning app .

Melbourne to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Perth hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Busselton.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Scarborough Beach, Trigg Beach, Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Trigg Beach ©
Trigg Beach

1
night
Busselton

With a reputation for making things convenient and comfortable for visitors, Busselton has been voted Australia's best tourist town several times.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Cambray Cheese.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Busselton trip itinerary site .

Getting from Perth to Busselton by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dunsborough.

Things to do in Busselton

#Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambray Cheese
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Dunsborough

Dunsborough ©
Dunsborough is a coastal town in the South West of Western Australia, 254km south of Perth on the shores of Geographe Bay.Dunsborough is a popular tourist destination for Western Australians; in 1999 it was voted the state's best tourist destination and in 2013 awarded the Top Tourism Award for Population Under 5,000. On the 8th (Sat), explore the activities along Bunker Bay, then learn about winemaking at Wise Wine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meelup Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dunsborough road trip planning website .

Dunsborough is very close to Busselton. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Yallingup.

Things to do in Dunsborough

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Wise Wine
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Wise Wine ©
Wise Wine

1
night
Yallingup

Yallingup ©
Situated right at the southwestern tip of Australia, the town of Yallingup lies on the shore of the Indian Ocean.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Canal Rocks, then stop by Gabriel Chocolate, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yallingup Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Yallingup road trip site .

Yallingup is just a short distance from Dunsborough. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Yallingup

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach
Gabriel Chocolate ©
Gabriel Chocolate

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.
Margaret River is known for nature, wineries, breweries, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Candy Cow, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and view the masterpieces at Glenellie Art Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Yallingup to Margaret River by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Augusta.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Tours, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cowaramup
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Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach

1
night
Augusta

Augusta ©
Augusta is a town on the south-west coast of Western Australia, where the Blackwood River emerges into Flinders Bay. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at McLeod Creek Wines, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jewel Cave.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Augusta visit planner .

You can drive from Pemberton to Augusta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Augusta

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

McLeod Creek Wines
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
McLeod Creek Wines ©
McLeod Creek Wines

1
night
Pemberton

Pemberton ©
Go to Pemberton to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings, nearby national parks, and local wines.
On the 14th (Fri), get advice or help at The Pemberton Visitor Centre & Museum, then see human ingenuity at work at Big Brook Dam, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gloucester Tree.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pemberton travel planner.

Getting from Augusta to Pemberton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Walpole.

Things to do in Pemberton

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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The Pemberton Visitor Centre & Museum ©
Gloucester Tree ©
Gloucester Tree

1
night
Walpole

Walpole ©
Walpole is a town in the south-western region of Western Australia, located approximately south southeast of Perth and west of Denmark.Location and descriptionWalpole lies very close to the northern point of the 100ha Walpole Inlet, from which it takes its name.The inlet in turn is named for the Walpole River, discovered in 1831 by Captain Thomas Bannister, and named by Governor Stirling for Captain W. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Coalmine Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Knoll Scenic Drive, and then trek along Tree Top Walk.

Planning Walpole trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pemberton to Walpole in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Denmark.

Things to do in Walpole

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk

2
nights
Denmark

Denmark ©
Denmark's population of over 2,700 people grows to several times that number during tourist season because of its natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaceful Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lights Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Greens Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelley Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denmark day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Walpole to Denmark takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Denmark are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Denmark

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Lights Beach ©
Lights Beach
Peaceful Bay ©
Peaceful Bay

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Cheynes Beach and Nanarup Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cosy Corner Beach in Kronkup (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, and examine the collection at National Anzac Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denmark to Albany by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. December in Albany sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ravensthorpe.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
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Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Cosy Corner Beach ©
Cosy Corner Beach

2
nights
Ravensthorpe

Ravensthorpe ©
Ravensthorpe is a town 541 km south-east of Perth, 40 km inland from the south coast of Western Australia. On the 21st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fitzgerald River National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ravensthorpe online vacation builder .

Drive from Albany to Ravensthorpe in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hopetoun.

Things to do in Ravensthorpe

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Fitzgerald River National Park
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Fitzgerald River National Park ©
Fitzgerald River National Park
Yummylicious Candy Shack ©
Yummylicious Candy Shack
Ravensthorpe Silo Art ©
Ravensthorpe Silo Art

1
night
Hopetoun

Hopetoun ©
Hopetoun is a town which serves as the major service centre for the Southern Mallee area of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Rosebery Silo Art and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lascelles.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Hopetoun trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ravensthorpe to Hopetoun. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ravensthorpe to Hopetoun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Hopetoun

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Rosebery Silo Art
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Lake Lascelles ©
Lake Lascelles

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge and then kick back and relax at Lucky Bay. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cape Le Grand National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Esperance tour planning website .

Explore your travel options from Hopetoun to Esperance with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hopetoun to Esperance. In December, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Esperance

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay

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