32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Esperance
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Hobart
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
9
McLaren Vale
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Wellington

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll get in some beach time at Hyams Beach and Bendalong Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Callala Beach and Greenfield Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nelson Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jervis Bay trip itinerary maker .

Wellington, New Zealand to Jervis Bay is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Wellington to Jervis Bay due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wellington in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jervis Bay: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Cabbage Beach, Bendalong Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thistle Cove and Salmon Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Twilight Bay and Hellfire Bay. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach, admire all the interesting features of Great Ocean Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Esperance attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Jervis Bay to Esperance takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Esperance, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Moombaki Wines and National Anzac Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Lowlands Beach and Cheynes Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Denmark (Shelley Beach, Anvil Beach, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Little Beach, contemplate the long history of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, and stroll through Nanarup Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany trip planner .

Drive from Esperance to Albany in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Esperance in December, expect nights in Albany to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Denmark, Lowlands Beach, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

5
nights
Margaret River

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gnarabup Beach and Yallingup Beach. Relax by the water at Meelup Beach and Smiths Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, learn about winemaking at Willespie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Margaret River Mouth Beach, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Boranup, Augusta, Wise Wine, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lennox Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Arakwal National Park. When in Byron Bay, make a side trip to see Bexhill Open Air Cathedral in Bexhill, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay online route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Byron Bay in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Byron Bay is 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Broken Head, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Lennox Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach and then meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Popular historic sites such as Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and Koala Hospital. Take a break from Port Macquarie with a short trip to Scotts Head Beach in Scotts Head, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, and steep yourself in history at Innes Ruins.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gold Coast in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Cascade Brewery and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Hobart in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, Hobart is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

2
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Visiting Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Carrickalinga Beach and Morgan Beach. Get out of town with these interesting McLaren Vale side-trips: Boomer Beach (in Port Elliot) and Cleland Wildlife Park (in Crafers).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the McLaren Vale trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hobart to McLaren Vale takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in January: high temperatures in McLaren Vale hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Elliot, Blowhole Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Morgan Beach, Carrickalinga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach

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