35 days in South Australia & Western Australia Itinerary

35 days in South Australia & Western Australia Itinerary

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35 days in South Australia & Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Tanunda
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Coober Pedy
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Exmouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
9
Kalbarri
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
10
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Adelaide Gaol and State Library of South Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carrick Hill and Henley Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: McLaren Vale III Associates (in McLaren Vale) and Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Adelaide, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

West Torrens, Aldinga Beach, Henley Beach, McLaren Vale III Associates, Glenelg Beach
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Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at George's 40,000 Castle Lights and The Islander Estate Vineyards. Visiting Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Flinders Chase National Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kangaroo Island Brewery, and stroll through Browns Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip builder tool .

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tanunda.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Browns Beach ©
Browns Beach

4
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Tanunda

Tanunda ©
One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Langmeil Winery and Charles Melton Wines. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rockford Winery and Town Walk of Tanunda. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Tanunda, stop by Barossas Old Fashioned Sweet Shop, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tanunda online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Tanunda in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries Historic Sites Tours
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Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
Chateau Tanunda ©
Chateau Tanunda

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hours
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at Old Timers Mine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter & Pauls underground Catholic Church, and then examine the collection at Umoona Opal Mine & Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Coober Pedy road trip planning website .

You can drive from Tanunda to Coober Pedy in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tanunda in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Coober Pedy, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Museums Historic Sites
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Old Timers Mine ©
Old Timers Mine
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, contemplate the long history of Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, contemplate the long history of Princess Royal Fortress, then contemplate the long history of The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Western Australian Museum - Albany. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Torndirrup National Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Albany trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Coober Pedy to Albany takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Coober Pedy to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Coober Pedy in August, expect nights in Albany to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Torndirrup National Park ©
Torndirrup National Park
Princess Royal Fortress ©
Princess Royal Fortress
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum ©

4
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.
Visiting Surfers Point and Sunflowers Animal Farm will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Meelup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Sugarloaf Rock (in Cape Naturaliste) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Yallingup Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, do a tasting at Brookwood Estate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay, and admire all the interesting features of Caves Road.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River day trip planner.

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 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Perth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Yallingup, Redgate Wines, Brookwood Estate, Surfers Point
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Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Matilda Bay Reserve and Point Peron. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aviation Heritage Museum and Aspects of Kings Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham) and Fremantle (The Fremantle Round House & Fremantle Prison). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at City Beach, examine the collection at Scitech, don't miss a visit to Monument Hill War Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planning tool .

Drive from Margaret River to Perth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Perth sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham, Matilda Bay Reserve, Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth Zoo
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Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve
City Beach ©
City Beach
Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Aviation Heritage Museum

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Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Ningaloo Gallery and Potshot Memorial. Spend the 12th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Yardie Creek, see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef, take a memorable drive along Cape Range National Park, and kick back and relax at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Exmouth trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Exmouth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Perth in August, expect Exmouth to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Reef
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Charles Knife Canyon ©
Charles Knife Canyon
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Shark Diving

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Kalbarri

Kalbarri ©
Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
Explore hidden gems such as Chinaman's Beach and Blue Holes. Step out of the city life by going to Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Nature’s Window, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rainbow Jungle, take some stellar pictures from The Loop and Z Bend Gorge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kalbarri Pelican Feeding.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kalbarri road trip website .

Traveling by car from Exmouth to Kalbarri takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kalbarri National Park
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Nature’s Window ©
Nature’s Window
Chinaman's Beach ©
Chinaman's Beach
Blue Holes ©
Blue Holes

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Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Reddell Beach and Cable Beach. Let the collections at SSJG Heritage Centre and The Courthouse Collection capture your imagination. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Short St Gallery, stroll the grounds of Chinese Cemetery, and identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Broome trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kalbarri to Broome in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Broome, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach
Broome Bird Observatory ©
Broome Bird Observatory
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay

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