32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  25​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
4
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 22nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Rockingham Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Peron, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mullaloo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Perth online visit planner .

San Francisco, USA to Perth is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 16 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for much hotter days in Perth, with highs around 86°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockingham, Mullaloo Beach, City Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
City Beach ©
City Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
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.
Happs Winery and Cellar Door and Providore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Point and Margaret River Mouth Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Cape Naturaliste (Bunker Bay, Sugarloaf Rock, & more). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Brookwood Estate and look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Margaret River trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Perth to Margaret River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Surfers Point, Providore, Happs Winery and Cellar Door
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point

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.
Visiting Lowlands Beach and Cosy Corner Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Princess Royal Fortress and Torbay Glass Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Granite Skywalk (in Porongurup National Park), Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park) and Denmark (Shelley Beach, Lights Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cheynes Beach, contemplate the long history of The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albany attractions planner .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Granite Skywalk, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Bluff Knoll
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Cosy Corner Beach ©
Cosy Corner Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loch Ard Gorge and Johanna Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Port Campbell precinct and foreshore and The Arch. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Campbell: Sheoak Falls (in Lorne), Beech Forest (The Redwoods & Triplet Falls) and Hugs Across The Cosmos (in Lavers Hill). There's much more to do: make a trip to Gibsons Steps, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, and learn about winemaking at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell day trip planning app .

Getting from Albany to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Sheoak Falls, Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, Johanna Beach, Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Port Campbell precinct and foreshore ©

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 4th (Sat), learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Port Campbell to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Cape Raoul. You'll get in some beach time at Seven Mile Beach and Kingston Beach. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Three Capes Track in Port Arthur, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of North Hobart, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart vacation website .

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Richmond, Museum of Old and New Art, Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
North Hobart ©
North Hobart
Puddleduck Vineyard ©
Puddleduck Vineyard

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Nan Tien Temple. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Scotts Head Beach and Pilot Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Brother Mountain and The Slim Dusty Centre. When in Port Macquarie, make a side trip to see Ellenborough Falls in Elands, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, identify plant and animal life at Rocks Ferry Reserve, learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie road trip planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Wauchope, Ellenborough Falls, Scotts Head Beach, Pilot Beach, The Slim Dusty Centre
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ellenborough Falls ©
Ellenborough Falls
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

3
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Michaelmas Cay. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see St Mary’s by The Sea chapel in Port Douglas, approximately 1h 20 min away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Cairns in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 89°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 99°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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