40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gladstone
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
2
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 30​min
4
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Gladstone

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol and Flynn Memorial Uniting Church. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, try to win big at Lasseters Casino, examine the collection at Adelaide House Museum, and view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs online trip builder .

Gladstone to Alice Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gladstone in June; daily highs in Alice Springs reach 23°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gnarabup Beach and Bunker Bay. Appreciate the collections at Boranup Gallery and The Studio Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Smiths Beach (in Yallingup), Water wheel (in Augusta) and Sugarloaf Rock (in Cape Naturaliste). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hamelin Bay, trek along Redgate Beach, learn about winemaking at Happs Winery and Cellar Door, and shop like a local with JahRoc Galleries.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Redgate Wines, Cape Grace Wines, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock

5
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.
Visit Shelley Beach and Goode Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Western Australian Museum - Albany and The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Denmark (Elephant Rocks, Ocean Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Princess Royal Fortress, browse the exhibits of Blush Retail Gallery, hike along Ellen Cove Boardwalk, and walk around Albany Heritage Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albany road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Shelley Beach ©
Shelley Beach
Western Australian Museum - Albany ©

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Qdos Arts Gallery and Great Ocean Road Story. Step out of the city life by going to The Redwoods and Hopetoun Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Campbell: Lorne (Sheoak Falls & The Lorne Pier). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps, explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, and look for gifts at Gorge Chocolates.

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Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Albany to Port Campbell takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lorne, Beech Forest, Bay of Martyrs, Gorge Chocolates
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
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The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Hopetoun Falls ©
Hopetoun Falls

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Hope Cottage and Australian Red Gum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Browns Beach. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Lashmar Conservation Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Will's Rare Breeds Farm, do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of George's 40,000 Castle Lights, and kick back and relax at Island Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:
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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Lashmar Conservation Park ©
Lashmar Conservation Park
Hope Cottage ©
Hope Cottage

5
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Head to Design Centre Tasmania and The Mill Providore Gifts & Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visit Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and Holy Trinity Anglican Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Low Head (The Low Head Lighthouse & Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum), Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Bass & Flinders Centre (in George Town). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, examine the collection at Launceston Tramway Museum, learn about winemaking at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Launceston takes 5.5 hours. July in Launceston sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Sidmouth, Low Head, Bass & Flinders Centre, Holm Oak Vineyards, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:
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Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Bass & Flinders Centre ©
Bass & Flinders Centre
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands

7
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 explore and learn at Narryna Heritage Museum and Henry Jones Design Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seven Mile Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Shene Tasmania (in Pontville), Cape Raoul (in Port Arthur) and Raptor Refuge (in Kettering). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Runnymede House, take a stroll through North Hobart, and see the interesting displays at Tasmanian Transport Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner.

Drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond, Eaglehawk Neck, Kingston Beach, Coal Mines Historic Site, Raptor Refuge
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 31:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Motorcycle Museum and Hastings River. Get a sense of the local culture at Port Macquarie Museum and Whitewashed Gallery. Step out of Port Macquarie to go to Dyers Crossing and see Villa d'Esta Vineyard, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, hike along Googik heritage Trail, stop by Silk Trees and Plants Quality Artificial Plants, and do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

Fly from Hobart to Port Macquarie in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hobart in July since evenings lows in Port Macquarie dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Wauchope, Villa d'Esta Vineyard, Whitewashed Gallery, National Motorcycle Museum
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:
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Mid North Coast Maritime Museum ©
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

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