36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Esperance
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Krakow

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Mossman Gorge. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns online tour planner .

Krakow, Poland to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Krakow in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carrickalinga Beach and Morgan Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Boomer Beach in Port Elliot (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip builder .

Getting from Cairns to Adelaide by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Adelaide reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Elliot, Blowhole Beach, Morgan Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach

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.
Let the collections at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart tour itinerary website .

Fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahune Forest AirWalk, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

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 Clovelly. The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney road 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Congwong Beach, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
Get outdoors at Bendalong Beach and Greenfield Beach. Relax by the water at Callala Beach and Murrays Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Blenheim Beach and stroll through Nelson Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jervis Bay itinerary maker site .

Getting from Sydney to Jervis Bay by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Jervis Bay, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Canberra.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach

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.
National Gallery of Australia and Questacon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra holiday planner.

Getting from Jervis Bay to Canberra by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Jervis Bay in January, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

2
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. Visiting Thistle Cove and Cape Le Grand National Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Haven Beach and Ten Mile Lagoon. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hellfire Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Esperance travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Canberra to Esperance in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. January in Esperance sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Esperance

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cheynes Beach and Greens Pool. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Anvil Beach (in Denmark) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nanarup Beach and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albany road trip planning website .

You can drive from Esperance to Albany in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Esperance in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Albany, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Nanarup Beach, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Lake Cave. We've included these beaches for you: Meelup Beach and Cowaramup Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste) and Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Surfers Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Injidup Beach, Head underground at Ngilgi Cave, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River journey maker 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 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Dunsborough, Boranup, Cowaramup
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 24:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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