27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Norfolk Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
8
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
10
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: London

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Cave and Jewel Cave. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, do a tasting at Adinfern Estate - Winery, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River road trip planner.

London, UK to Margaret River is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Margaret River, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Adinfern Estate - Winery
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

2
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.
On the 29th (Mon), see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and then stroll through Little Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Albany trip planner .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Broome road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Albany, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Broome, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balloon Rides and Muddy's Playground. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website .

You can fly from Broome to Cairns in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Broome to Cairns. Traveling from Broome in May, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Palm Cove Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Balloon Rides
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

2
nights
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Emily Bay and Captain Cook's Monument. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pitt, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, and stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Norfolk Island trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Norfolk Island in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Norfolk Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect Norfolk Island to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama ©
Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as National Portrait Gallery and Royal Australian Mint. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, take in panoramic vistas at Telstra Tower, and engage your brain at Questacon.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Norfolk Island to Canberra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Norfolk Island to Canberra, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Norfolk Island in May, you will find days in Canberra are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are much colder (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Arboretum Canberra ©
National Arboretum Canberra

1
day
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through The Overland Track.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Canberra to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
On the 13th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, then take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip site .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

3
nights
Hobart

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. On the 16th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Constitution Dock, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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