40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + bus:  30​h
1
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Mount Gambier
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Byron Bay
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  27​h
End: Zurich


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.
Escape the urban bustle at Meelup Beach and Hamelin Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Ngilgi Cave and Jewel Cave. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Margaret River is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Margaret River, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Meelup Beach, Giants Cave
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Ngilgi Cave ©
Ngilgi Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Beach and Cosy Corner Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Greens Pool and Cheynes Beach. Step out of Albany with an excursion to Anvil Beach in Denmark--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Misery Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Albany tour planning tool .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Admirals Arch. Get in touch with nature at Raptor Domain and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Kelly Hill Caves and identify plant and animal life at Little Sahara.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

3
nights
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Explore hidden gems such as Beachport Surf Beach and Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park. Visiting Umpherston Sinkhole and The Valley Lake will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Mount Gambier trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Mount Gambier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Mount Gambier are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off toCradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beachport Surf Beach, Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
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The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
The Valley Lake ©
The Valley Lake

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franklin River Nature Trail and Preston Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Devils @ Cradle and Hellyer Gorge. Step out of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to go to Tarraleah and see Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, which is approximately 1h 30 min away.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Mount Gambier to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll set off for Coles Bay on the 22nd (Fri).

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

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Hellyer Gorge, Franklin River Nature Trail, Preston Falls, Tarraleah Power Station Lookout
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Hellyer Gorge ©
Hellyer Gorge

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Coles Bay Jetty. Take a break from the city and head to East Coast Natureworld and Friendly Beaches. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

4
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.
Get outdoors at Russell Falls and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Bellerive Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Waterfall Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston). There's lots more to do: stroll through Long Beach, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Kingston Beach, Waterfall Bay, Richmond Bridge, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk

5
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Broken Head Nature Reserve. Get outdoors at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Currumbin--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hobart to Byron Bay takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in March, with highs in Byron Bay at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Broken Head
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

4
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.
Visiting Daintree National Park and Agincourt Reef will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Trinity Beach (in Trinity Beach). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Byron Bay to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. Traveling from Byron Bay in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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