40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Swansea
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Bicheno
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Derwent Bridge
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Port Fairy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Lake Lonsdale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Keith
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Cockatoo Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Aldgate
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
15
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
16
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Zurich

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route builder app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 9 hours. In January, Sydney is warmer than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Port Arthur Historic Site (in Port Arthur). On the 5th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip site .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Hobart is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Swansea.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Arthur Historic Site, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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Swansea

Swansea ©
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
On the 8th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiky Beach Conservation Area, let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oysters, view the masterpieces at Kings Fine Art Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Kate's Berry Farm, and finally steep yourself in history at Spiky Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Swansea trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Swansea takes 2 hours. February in Swansea sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bicheno.

Things to do in Swansea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kings Fine Art Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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Spiky Beach Conservation Area ©
Spiky Beach Conservation Area
Kings Fine Art Gallery ©
Kings Fine Art Gallery
Kate's Berry Farm ©
Kate's Berry Farm

2
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Wineglass Bay Lookout, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bicheno trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Swansea to Bicheno takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Bicheno are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Coles Bay
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at O'Neills Creek Picnic Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planning website .

Drive from Bicheno to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Strahan.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bridal Veil Falls, O'Neills Creek Picnic Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 13th (Thu), examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, see the interesting displays at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, then get engrossed in the history at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, and finally stop by Zeehan Rock Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and then get outside with Henty Dunes.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Strahan travel planner.

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Derwent Bridge.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Zeehan, Eric Thomas Galley Museum
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill

2
nights
Derwent Bridge

Derwent Bridge ©
Derwent Bridge is a locality on the Lyell Highway at the southern edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.It is just south of Lake St Clair and the Lake St Clair visitor centre; and it is north of Lake King William and the Butlers Gorge Power Station.It is also the last inhabited location before Linda Valley in the West Coast Range - this section of the highway passes through the Wild Rivers National Park. Explore Derwent Bridge's surroundings by going to Lawrenny Estate Distillery (in Ouse), Gordon Dam (in Strathgordon) and Tarraleah Power Station Lookout (in Tarraleah). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Wall in the Wilderness, delve into the lush surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Frenchmans Cap, and tee off at Ratho Golf Course.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Derwent Bridge trip builder .

Traveling by car from Strahan to Derwent Bridge takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Derwent Bridge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lawrenny Estate Distillery, Gordon Dam, Ratho Golf Course, Franklin River Nature Trail, Tarraleah Power Station Lookout
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Gordon Dam ©
Gordon Dam
The Wall in the Wilderness ©
The Wall in the Wilderness
Frenchmans Cap ©
Frenchmans Cap

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.
On the 18th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then make a trip to Block Arcade.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Derwent Bridge to Melbourne. In February in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 20th (Thu), make a trip to Cape Otway Lightstation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Ocean Walk, and then stroll through Mait's Rest. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Kennet River Koala Walk, then make a trip to Teddy's Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to The Splitters Grave.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Apollo Bay attractions planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Apollo Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lorne, Kennet River Koala Walk, Cape Otway Lightstation
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation

1
night
Port Fairy

Port Fairy
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Fairy road trip planning app .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy in 3 hours. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toLake Lonsdale.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Outdoors Tours
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nights
Lake Lonsdale

Lake Lonsdale ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Lonsdale: Rupanyup (Woods' Farming and Heritage Museum & Rupanyup Silo Art), Ngamadjidj Shelter (in Laharum) and Sheep Hills (Sheep Hills Silo Art & Silo Art Trail).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lake Lonsdale trip planner .

You can drive from Port Fairy to Lake Lonsdale in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Keith.

Things to do in Lake Lonsdale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria, Rupanyup, Murtoa, Sheep Hills, Heatherlie Quarry
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
MacKenzie Falls ©
MacKenzie Falls
The Balconies ©
The Balconies
Woods' Farming and Heritage Museum ©

1
night
Keith

Keith
Keith is a small farming town in the south-east of South Australia. To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Keith holiday builder .

Drive from Lake Lonsdale to Keith in 3.5 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you're off toCockatoo Valley.

Things to do in Keith

Parks Fun & Games
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Cockatoo Valley

Cockatoo Valley ©
Change things up with a short trip to Giant Rocking Horse Gumeracha in Gumeracha (about 34 minutes away).

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cockatoo Valley tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Keith to Cockatoo Valley takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Aldgate.

Things to do in Cockatoo Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Gawler, Williamstown, Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider, Giant Rocking Horse Gumeracha
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Jack Bobridge Track ©
Jack Bobridge Track
TeAro Estate ©
TeAro Estate
Whispering Wall ©
Whispering Wall

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Aldgate

Aldgate ©
Aldgate is a South Australian town located 21 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, in the Adelaide Hills.The town of Aldgate was supposedly named in 1882 after the local hotel the Aldgate Pump, which was named by Richard D. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, then identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park, then explore and take pictures at The Cedars, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Hahndorf Fruit and Veg Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Beerenberg Farm, then get to know the resident critters at Monarto Zoo, then stop by The Fudge Shop, and finally get great views at Mount Lofty Summit.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aldgate trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Cockatoo Valley to Aldgate takes an hour. In February in Aldgate, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Aldgate

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hahndorf, Monarto Zoo, Mount Lofty Summit, Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Hahndorf Fruit and Veg Market ©
Hahndorf Fruit and Veg Market
Beerenberg Farm ©
Beerenberg Farm

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at KI Spirits, and admire all the interesting features of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Aldgate to Kangaroo Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

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Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planner.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In March in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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