37 days in Western Australia, South Australia & Australian Alps Itinerary

37 days in Western Australia, South Australia & Australian Alps Itinerary

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37 days in Western Australia, South Australia & Australian Alps Itinerary

Start: Toulouse
Fly:  24​h
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Esperance
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Nuriootpa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Canberra
— 8 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Toulouse

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth driving holiday app .

Toulouse, France to Perth is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toulouse in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Canal Rocks (in Yallingup) and Busselton Jetty (in Busselton). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Carpe Diem Vineyards, explore the activities along Bunker Bay, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret River Rotary Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River journey planner .

Traveling by car from Perth to Margaret River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Dunsborough, Wilyabrup, Jewel Cave, Canal Rocks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty
Food Tours

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park) and Denmark (Elephant Rocks, Forest Hill Vineyard, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cosy Corner Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albany trip planning app .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Bluff Knoll, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

4
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. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Twilight Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Thistle Cove, get great views at Observatory Point and Lookout, and take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Drive.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Esperance online itinerary planner .

Getting from Albany to Esperance by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide road trip tool .

You can fly from Esperance to Adelaide in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Esperance to Adelaide. January in Adelaide sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nuriootpa.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

House of Serendipity, The Cedars, Langmeil Winery
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

3
nights
Nuriootpa

Nuriootpa ©
Nuriootpa is the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, about an hour's drive north of the capital, Adelaide, and 77 kilometres by rail. Change things up with a short trip to Lock 1 in Blanchetown (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines and get engrossed in the history at Kapunda Historical Society Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nuriootpa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Adelaide to Nuriootpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Nuriootpa

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Greenock, Marananga, Seppeltsfield, Kapunda Historical Society Museum, Brockenchack Wines Cellar Door
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kangaroo Island is known for wildlife, nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Flinders Chase National Park, identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nuriootpa to Kangaroo Island in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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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: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and examine the collection at Old Parliament House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canberra holiday planning site .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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