32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Esperance
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  15​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Relax by the water at Meelup Beach and Yallingup Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Cave and Surfers Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Sensei Pots Art Gallery Yallingup (in Quedjinup), Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, tour the pleasant surroundings at Smiths Beach, and kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River road trip planning app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Margaret River is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Margaret River, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Boranup, Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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.
Let the collections at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Anvil Beach and Cheynes Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Greens Pool (in Denmark), Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Little Beach, admire the striking features of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanarup Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Albany online attractions 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. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

5
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thistle Cove and Blue Haven Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Le Grand National Park and Twilight Bay. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ten Mile Lagoon and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salmon Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Esperance online road trip planner .

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers and Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery (in St Marys). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Honeymoon Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay vacation planner.

Getting from Esperance to Coles Bay by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Esperance to Coles Bay, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Bicheno, Freycinet, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Popular historic sites such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Claremont House
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Beach and Camp Cove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Featherdale Wildlife Park and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning website .

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach, Nan Tien Temple, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

7
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 Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mossman Gorge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns planner .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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