33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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33 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Port Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ceduna
— 1 day
Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Esperance
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
8
Bunbury
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, stroll around Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online tour planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Sea World Theme Park
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get curious at Questacon, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Canberra online journey planner .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Tours Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 14th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Lincoln sightseeing planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Port Lincoln in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ceduna.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving

1
day
Ceduna

Ceduna
Ceduna is a town in South Australia located on the shores of Murat Bay on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula. To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ceduna online day trip planner .

Getting from Port Lincoln to Ceduna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In May, daily temperatures in Ceduna can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off toEsperance.

Things to do in Ceduna

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Le Grand National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Esperance online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Ceduna to Esperance takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ceduna to Esperance. In May, daytime highs in Esperance are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Bunbury.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park

1
day
Bunbury

Bunbury ©
Bunbury is a growing city that attracts young workers, who in turn have fostered a vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Lyndendale Gallery, do a tasting at Bonking Frog Wines, then look for all kinds of wild species at Manea Park, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Forrest Park Miniature Railway Bunbury.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bunbury day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Esperance to Bunbury in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Bunbury

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Lyndendale Gallery, Bonking Frog Wines
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Manea Park ©
Manea Park

4
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 Busselton Jetty (in Busselton), Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). Spend the 21st (Tue) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, Head underground at Lake Cave, explore the striking landscape at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, and learn about winemaking at Carpe Diem Vineyards.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bunbury to Margaret River in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Perth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wilyabrup, Dunsborough, Busselton Jetty, Lake Cave, Brookwood Estate
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Nostalgia Box Museum.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Perth online travel planner .

Drive from Margaret River to Perth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Perth to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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