30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  20​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
7
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Hobart is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) is 18 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in October, you will find days in Hobart are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Food Tours
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wave Lagoon. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

Fly from Hobart to Darwin in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Hobart in October; daily highs in Darwin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon

2
nights
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 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, then stop by The Sandalwood Gallery Broome, then kick back and relax at Cable Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Broome trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Broome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broome

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Anzac Centre and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Change things up with a short trip to Greens Pool in Denmark (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and stroll through Middleton Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albany trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Broome to Albany takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Broome in November: high temperatures in Albany hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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 hidden gems such as Lake Cave and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Grove Distillery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Margaret River travel itinerary planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Floriade and Old Parliament House. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Telstra Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Canberra in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. November in Canberra sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Questacon ©
Questacon
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie itinerary maker .

Fly from Canberra to Port Macquarie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Canberra in November, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll through Esplanade, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, and then trot along with Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Mind, Body and Soul, make a trip to The Pier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip planning website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Port Macquarie in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Hervey Bay, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
The Pier ©
The Pier

2
nights
Port Douglas

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 hidden gems such as Agincourt Reef and Spas & Wellness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Elizas Gallery (in Daintree). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in November, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Elizas Gallery, Daintree Discovery Centre, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Trinity Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Balloon Rides

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