39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
7
Clare
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Halls Gap
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
10
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Margaret River
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Visiting Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mulgrave Settlers Museum and Bones and Jones. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. In October, Cairns is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Mulgrave Settlers Museum ©
Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. Get outdoors at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Walking tours. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and explore the galleries of Talapi.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Alice Springs using our trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Alice Springs, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Saltwater National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and Koala Hospital. Step out of Port Macquarie to go to Wauchope and see Rocks Ferry Reserve, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse and get outside with Centre of Gravity Indoor Adventure Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Port Macquarie takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Alice Springs in November, you will find days in Port Macquarie are much colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rocks Ferry Reserve, Saltwater National Park
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
Cascade Brewery and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tall Trees Walk and Richmond Bridge. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

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Fly from Port Macquarie to Hobart in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Macquarie in November since evenings lows in Hobart dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Tall Trees Walk, Richmond Bridge, Franklin River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Freycinet National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Change things up with a short trip to East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty and browse the exhibits of Waubs Bay Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay road trip planner.

Drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

2
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Get a sense of the local culture at Sevenhill Cellars and Mitchell Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Riesling Trail and Gleeson Wetlands. Step out of Clare to go to Crystal Brook and see Bowman Park, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Paulett Wines and take in the exciting artwork at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Clare holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coles Bay to Clare. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Paulett Wines, Bowman Park, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Bowman Park ©
Bowman Park

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Ocean Walk and Port Campbell National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Mait's Rest and London Bridge. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Campbell day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Clare to Port Campbell takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Get outdoors at Halls Gap Zoo and Venture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Pinnacle and Grampians Estate Cellar Door. When in Halls Gap, make a side trip to see Mount Abrupt in Dunkeld, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Grampians Peaks Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Burrong Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonderland Loop Hike.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Halls Gap trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Halls Gap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grampians Estate Cellar Door, Mount Abrupt
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Burrong Falls ©
Burrong Falls
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get in touch with nature at Greens Pool and Devils Slide. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge and see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albany trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Halls Gap to Albany in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Halls Gap to Albany. In November in Albany, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Devils Slide, Greens Pool
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

7
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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mammoth Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meelup Beach and Ngilgi Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse), Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay) and Canal Rocks (in Yallingup). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, learn about winemaking at Wise Wine, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick back and relax at Surfers Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planner.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Boranup, Yallingup, Dunsborough, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:
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Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point

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