36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  20​h
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mornington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lakes Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Batemans Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Wollongong
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Port Macquarie
— 14 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  26​h
End: Birmingham

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
We've included these beaches for you: Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Popular historic sites such as Fremantle Prison and The Perth Mint are in your itinerary. When in Perth, make a side trip to see Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and do a tasting at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Perth planner .

Birmingham, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In December, Perth is much hotter than Birmingham - with highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Sandalford Wines Swan Valley
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Perth - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. You'll set off for Mornington on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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3
nights
Mornington

Mornington ©
Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, located 57km south of Melbourne's central business district. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mornington: Bells Beach (in Torquay), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (in Cranbourne).

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mornington day trip planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Mornington in an hour. December in Mornington sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Mornington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Bells Beach, Frankston Beach, Tyabb Packing House Antiques
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Mornington Racecourse ©
Mornington Racecourse

1
night
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Norman Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Squeaky Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Mornington to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach

1
night
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Gippsland Lakes.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lakes Entrance online day trip planner .

You can drive from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Lakes Entrance in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lakes Entrance can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Batemans Bay.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

1
night
Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay ©
A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds you life is to be enjoyed.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): putt your heart out at Batemans Bay Mini Golf and then kick back and relax at Pebbly Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Batemans Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Lakes Entrance to Batemans Bay in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Lakes Entrance in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Batemans Bay, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Batemans Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pebbly Beach
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Pebbly Beach ©
Pebbly Beach
Batemans Bay Mini Golf ©
Batemans Bay Mini Golf

1
night
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, make a trip to Wollongong Head Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Wattamolla Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wollongong day trip planning tool .

Getting from Batemans Bay to Wollongong by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Wollongong can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Wollongong

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors
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Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral ©
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 18th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Norah Head Lighthouse, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Scratchley, then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Newcastle driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Wollongong to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Newcastle are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norah Head Lighthouse, Tomaree Head, Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

14
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.
Popular historic sites such as Smoky Cape Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hat Head National Park and Scotts Head Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Trial Bay Gaol (in South West Rocks), Bent on Life (in Wingham) and Forster (Bennetts Head Lookout, Forster Main Beach, & more). Make the 31st (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Saltwater National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, try for a hole-in-one at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, learn about winemaking at Villa d'Esta Vineyard, and tee off at Emerald Downs Golf Course.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Macquarie trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Newcastle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wauchope, South West Rocks, Forster, Crystalline Pottery, Villa d'Esta Vineyard
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Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

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Getting from Port Macquarie to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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