40 days in Western Australia & Brisbane Itinerary

40 days in Western Australia & Brisbane Itinerary

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40 days in Western Australia & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
Margaret River
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Esperance
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
6
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave), Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste) and Busselton Jetty (in Busselton). Spend the 17th (Sun) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, stop by Treeton Fine Wood Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gnarabup Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Margaret River is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Cowaramup, Augusta, Dunsborough, Margaret River Chocolate Company
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Beer Tastings & Tours

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park), Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands) and Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cosy Corner Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Albany trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach, Bluff Knoll
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 28:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

6
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. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Thistle Cove, stroll through Hellfire Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Frenchman's Peak, and steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Esperance trip planning site .

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. March in Esperance sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Esperance

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Esperance Stonehenge ©
Esperance Stonehenge
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay

3
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Mandu Mandu Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Reef.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Exmouth tour planner .

You can fly from Esperance to Exmouth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, Exmouth is a bit warmer than Esperance - with highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Shark Diving
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get some historical perspective at Fremantle Prison and The Perth Mint. Step out of Perth with an excursion to Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perth online travel route planner .

Getting from Exmouth to Perth by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Exmouth in April: high temperatures in Perth hover around 31°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle, South Perth, Caversham Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
St Patrick's Basilica ©
St Patrick's Basilica

8
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the views from Story Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Perth to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Brisbane, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 22:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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