35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  28​h
1
McLaren Vale
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Jervis Bay
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Esperance
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Margaret River
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Visit Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carrickalinga Beach and Second Valley Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around McLaren Vale: Cleland Wildlife Park (in Crafers) and Adelaide Oval (in Adelaide).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the McLaren Vale trip builder website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to McLaren Vale is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to McLaren Vale is 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in McLaren Vale reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Second Valley Beach, Blowhole Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, Adelaide Oval
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Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hobart Convict Penitentiary and St John the Baptist Chuch. On the 7th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online tour planner .

Getting from McLaren Vale to Hobart by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from McLaren Vale in January, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, St John the Baptist Chuch, Seven Mile Beach, Richmond Bridge
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

4
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 Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning site .

You can 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, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bendalong Beach and Hyams Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Callala Beach and Blenheim Beach. There's more to do: stroll through Greenfield Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Cabbage Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jervis Bay sightseeing planning site .

You can take a train from Sydney to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Jervis Bay, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bendalong Beach, Callala Beach, Cabbage Beach
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

2
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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mossman Gorge and Trinity Beach. Spend the 17th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Getting from Jervis Bay to Cairns by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jervis Bay in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thistle Cove and Blue Haven Beach. Visit Cape Le Grand National Park and Fourth Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ten Mile Lagoon, contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hellfire Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Esperance online travel planner .

Getting from Cairns to Esperance by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Esperance reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cheynes Beach and Greens Pool. Get outdoors at Anvil Beach and Little Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Denmark (Ocean Beach & Parry Beach), Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge and contemplate the long history of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Albany journey builder app .

Getting from Esperance to Albany by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Esperance, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Albany, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cheynes Beach
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Cosy Corner Beach ©
Cosy Corner Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Redgate Wines. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Cave and Meelup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Augusta (Water wheel & Jewel Cave), Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay) and Yallingup (Yallingup Beach, Ngilgi Cave, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, do a tasting at Juniper Margaret River, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River road trip app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Cowaramup, Augusta, Dunsborough, Cowaramup Bay
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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