29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Tanunda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Adelaide


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste), Busselton Jetty (in Busselton) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). Spend the 2nd (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay.

Plan trip to Margaret River with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Adelaide to Margaret River is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Boranup, Busselton Jetty
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Field of Light, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Palm Cove (Kayaking & Canoeing & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then hunt for treasures at Horseshoe Bay Markets, and finally tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cairns to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Horseshoe Bay Markets ©
Horseshoe Bay Markets

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 17th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a tour by water with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 20th (Sun), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island online trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Indian Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island sightseeing site .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): trek along Three Capes Track, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then contemplate the long history of Model Prison. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, don't miss a visit to Mount Brown and Crescent Bay Walking Track, then don't miss a visit to Australian Convict Sites, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Port Arthur with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fraser Island in January: high temperatures in Port Arthur hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Model Prison
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

2
nights
Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Tanunda is known for wineries, fun & games, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Langmeil Winery and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tanunda travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Port Arthur to Tanunda with the Route module. In January, Tanunda is a bit warmer than Port Arthur - with highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greenock, Nuriootpa, Seppeltsfield, Seabrook Wines, Flaxman Wines
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

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