36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
5
Clare
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 15​min
9
Norfolk Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Jenolan Caves and see Jenolan Caves, which is approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

Make your Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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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.
For shopping fun, head to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company or Vancouver Arts Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Lowlands Beach and Cheynes Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Denmark (Shelley Beach & Greens Pool) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ellen Cove Boardwalk, take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albany journey planning site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Albany: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Nanarup Beach, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yallingup Beach and Mammoth Cave. Escape the urban bustle at Meelup Beach and Ngilgi Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave) and Sensei Pots Art Gallery Yallingup (in Quedjinup). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay, learn about winemaking at McLeod Creek Wines, kick back and relax at Surfers Point, and Head underground at Lake Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River travel route site .

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Boranup, Yallingup, Augusta, McLeod Creek Wines, Heydon Estate
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

3
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Let the collections at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage and The Farm Shed Museum and VIC capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Paulett Wines and Port Pirie RSL Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Clare: Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum (in Wallaroo) and Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre (in Port Pirie). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riesling Trail, do a tasting at Penna Lane Wines, view the masterpieces at Clare Valley Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Clare travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Margaret River to Clare with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Clare

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Port Pirie, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, The Farm Shed Museum and VIC, Paulett Wines
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
The Farm Shed Museum and VIC ©
The Farm Shed Museum and VIC
Port Pirie RSL Museum ©
Port Pirie RSL Museum

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nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Bay of Islands and London Bridge. Get in touch with nature at Mait's Rest and Gibsons Steps. Take a break from Port Campbell with a short trip to Johanna Beach in Johanna, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, admire all the interesting features of Twelve Apostles, and get outside with The Arch.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Campbell vacation planning tool .

Drive from Clare to Port Campbell in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bay of Islands, Johanna Beach, Twelve Apostles, Mait's Rest
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
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.
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Museum of Old and New Art. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 30 minutes away. On the 15th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wineglass Bay and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Freycinet National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Coles Bay to Bicheno to see East Coast Natureworld about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, and take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Coles Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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nights
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Explore hidden gems such as Norfolk Island Cemetery and Emily Bay. Get outdoors at Point Ross and Norfolk Island National Park & Botanic Garden. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, delve into the distant past at The Salthouse, contemplate the long history of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pitt.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Norfolk Island driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Norfolk Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Coles Bay to Norfolk Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Norfolk Island are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery

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