36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Drive + Fly:  33​h
1
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Broome
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
10
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
11
Norfolk Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  33​h
End: Grand Rapids

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hastings River and Black Duck Brewery. Step out of Port Macquarie with an excursion to North Brother Mountain in Laurieton--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve, examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Port Macquarie sightseeing planner.

Grand Rapids, USA to Port Macquarie is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Port Macquarie due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Rapids in March, expect Port Macquarie to be much hotter, temps between 71°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
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Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve ©
Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

2
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra journey builder website .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Canberra, with highs around 78°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Arboretum Canberra ©
National Arboretum Canberra
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Canberra to Kangaroo Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Remarkable Rocks ©
Remarkable Rocks

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hamelin Bay and McLeod Creek Wines. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River takes 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, McLeod Creek Wines
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Food Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Misery Beach and Goode Beach. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Denmark (Greens Pool & Anvil Beach), Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, browse the collection at Albany Public Library, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Rotary Lookout Albany.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany journey maker tool .

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Albany, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Broome trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albany in April, expect Broome to be much warmer, temps between 94°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle. On your second day here, hike along The Overland Track.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park travel tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Broome to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

3
nights
Coles Bay

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like East Coast Natureworld and Mt Amos Climb. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire all the interesting features of Wineglass Bay Lookout, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tahune Forest AirWalk and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 20th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hobart online journey planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Hobart sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Richmond Bridge, Tahune Forest AirWalk
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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Food Tours
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bay of Islands and Gibsons Steps. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Warrnambool: Port Campbell (Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, & more) and Twelve Apostles (in Princetown).

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

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hobart to Warrnambool takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

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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 Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama and Captain Cook's Monument. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, go for a walk through Puppy's Point, steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Norfolk Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Warrnambool to Norfolk Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Warrnambool to Norfolk Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Norfolk Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:
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Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel

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