40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
6
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
8
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

4
nights
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 Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as St Monica's Cathedral and Paronella Park. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Paronella Park, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 28th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Safaris

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Smoky Cape Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church are in your itinerary. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Rocks Ferry Reserve (in Wauchope) and Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head). There's more to do: enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse and look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie journey builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Port Macquarie in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in November, with highs in Port Macquarie at 23°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Scotts Head Beach, Rocks Ferry Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Coles Bay Jetty will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Port Macquarie to Coles Bay takes 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Gala Estate Vineyard, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 discover tucked-away gems like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Richmond Bridge. Step out of the city life by going to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Waterfall Bay. On the 9th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hobart online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hobart are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Waterfall Bay
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Waterfall Bay ©
Waterfall Bay

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Visiting Great Ocean Walk and Erskine Falls will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mait's Rest and Loch Ard Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Teddy's Lookout in Lorne (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, get great views at Twelve Apostles, and don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lorne, Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Kelly Hill Caves and Raptor Domain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Admirals Arch. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caves Road and Ngilgi Cave. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jewel Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River online trip maker .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 12 hours. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Boranup, Augusta, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Brown Hill Estate
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Little Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Escape the urban bustle at Greens Pool and The Gap and Natural Bridge. There's more to do: explore the activities along Kalgan River and see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Albany 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 November, daytime highs in Albany are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reddell Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cable Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Broome sightseeing planner.

Getting from Albany to Broome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albany in November, expect Broome to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach

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