36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland

5
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Whileaway. Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas attractions planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Port Douglas is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Auckland Central to Port Douglas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Palm Cove (about 34 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel route planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 6th (Tue), let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hervey Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Cairns in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hervey Bay, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Nan Tien Temple. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Everglades Historic House and Gardens in Leura, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Hyde Park, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Hervey Bay in November, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Nan Tien Temple
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and ANZAC Parade Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Canberra: Batemans Bay (Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens & Batemans Bay Mini Golf) and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (in Paddys River). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at High Court of Australia, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Batemans Bay, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
State Library Victoria ©
State Library Victoria

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Innes National Park. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island vacation site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Innes National Park
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Innes National Park ©
Innes National Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Anzac Centre and Little Beach. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Denmark (Singlefile Wines & Greens Pool). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, contemplate the long history of The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, don't miss a visit to Mt Melville Lookout, and get great views at Padre White Lookout.

Make your Albany itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour 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 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Denmark
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Lake Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, look for gifts at Margaret River Sweet Shop, and learn about winemaking at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River online vacation builder .

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 your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Lake Cave, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Food Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cable Beach and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, and look for gifts at The Sandalwood Gallery Broome.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Broome trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Broome sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

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