39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
2
McLaren Vale
— 3 nights
train + bus:  17​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Esperance
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
10
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
11
Jervis Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

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 discover tucked-away gems like The Nook and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, stroll through Clovelly, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Adelaide to Sydney is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Nook
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Get in touch with nature at Horseshoe Bay and Hallett Cove Conservation Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Deep Creek Conservation Park and Boomer Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Second Valley Beach in Second Valley (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Graham Stevens Wines and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the McLaren Vale trip app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to McLaren Vale takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in McLaren Vale dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

McLaren Flat, Port Elliot, K1 By Geoff Hardy, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Boomer Beach ©
Boomer Beach
Deep Creek Conservation Park ©
Deep Creek Conservation Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Anvil Beach and Shelley Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at National Anzac Centre and The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park) and Denmark (Peaceful Bay & Elephant Rocks).

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

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from McLaren Vale to Albany in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from McLaren Vale in December, things will get a bit cooler in Albany: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Bluff Knoll
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach

4
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.
Visit Surfers Point and Gnarabup Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Injidup Beach and Cape Grace Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay) and Water wheel (in Augusta). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, do a tasting at Redgate Wines, look for gifts at Moon Haven Natural Products, and relax in the rural setting at Margaret River Venison Farm.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River itinerary builder website .

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 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Brown Hill Estate, Surfers Point, Providore, Water wheel
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Hamelin Bay Jetty ©
Hamelin Bay Jetty

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. For shopping fun, head to Section Glass Gallery or Mermaid Leather. Get in touch with nature at Ten Mile Lagoon and Salmon Beach. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hellfire Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach, make a trip to Esperance Whale Tail, and contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Esperance vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Esperance in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Esperance to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Esperance to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is a bit warmer than Esperance - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Stand-Up Paddleboarding, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mooloolaba Beach and The Original Eumundi Markets. Head to The Real McCaul and Belmondos Organic Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Point Cartwright (in Mooloolaba) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

Plan trip to Noosa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Eumundi, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

4
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.
Relax by the water at Scotts Head Beach and Burgess Beach, Forster. Escape the urban bustle at Koala Hospital and North Brother Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Port Macquarie side-trips: National Motorcycle Museum (in Nabiac) and The Slim Dusty Centre (in Kempsey). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Noosa to Port Macquarie in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Port Macquarie, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Scotts Head Beach, National Motorcycle Museum, The Slim Dusty Centre, Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery and Waubs Bay Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Honeymoon Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno), Eureka Farm (in Scamander) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm.

Find out how to plan Coles Bay trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Port Macquarie to Coles Bay in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Bicheno, Freycinet, Eureka Farm, Milton Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Callala Beach and Greenfield Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Artemis Wines and Point Perpendicular Lightstation. Step out of Jervis Bay with an excursion to Tertini Wines in Mittagong--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blenheim Beach, kick back and relax at Murrays Beach, and hike along White Sands Walk.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jervis Bay holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Coles Bay to Jervis Bay. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Currarong, Mittagong, Callala Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Point Perpendicular Lightstation ©
Point Perpendicular Lightstation
Tertini Wines ©
Tertini Wines

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