34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
7
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
9
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Zurich

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Safaris. Spend the 15th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cairns is 9 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Safaris
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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Safaris
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, plan for little chillier nights in Alice Springs, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
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.
Visiting Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and make a trip to Uluru.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Trial Bay Gaol and Tacking Point Lighthouse. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coastal walk. Get out of town with these interesting Port Macquarie side-trips: South West Rocks (Maritime Museum South West Rocks, Horsehoe Bay Beach, & more). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie travel route planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Port Macquarie are colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

South West Rocks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Visit Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Salamanca Arts Centre for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Cascade Brewery. Venture out of the city with trips to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna), Australian Convict Sites (in Port Arthur) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 1st (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fern Tree.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hobart online trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Hobart at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Fern Tree, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Australian Convict Sites
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Great Ocean Walk and London Bridge. Get outdoors at Mait's Rest and Loch Ard Gorge. When in Port Campbell, make a side trip to see Otway Fly Treetop Adventures in Weeaproinah, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, take some stellar pictures from Twelve Apostles, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Campbell trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:
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London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Raptor Domain and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a break from the city and head to Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Stokes Beach. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and go for a walk through George's 40,000 Castle Lights.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island online route planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Princess Royal Fortress and The Church of Saint John the Evangelist. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Greens Pool in Denmark (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, stroll through Nanarup Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cable Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Greens Pool, Nanarup Beach
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lake Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Water wheel. Venture out of the city with trips to Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup), Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, do a tasting at Redgate Wines, enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and stroll through Surfers Point.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay, Redgate Wines, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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