42 days in Western Australia Itinerary

42 days in Western Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h
1
Rottnest Island
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Margaret River
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Esperance
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Exmouth
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Kalbarri
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
7
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Zurich

5
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Escape the urban bustle at Parakeet Bay and Salmon Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at The Basin and Ricey Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at West End, get engrossed in the history at Rottnest Island Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Fish Hook Bay, and kick back and relax at City of York Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rottnest Island road trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rottnest Island is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Rottnest Island due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Rottnest Island at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Parakeet Bay ©
Parakeet Bay
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse
Oliver Hill Battery ©
Oliver Hill Battery

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Providore and Hamelin Bay Jetty. Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Point and Sugarloaf Rock. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Yallingup (Injidup Beach & Yallingup Beach), Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Margaret River Mouth Beach, learn about winemaking at Brown Hill Estate, and identify plant and animal life at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rottnest Island to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Yallingup, Cowaramup Bay, Surfers Point
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

5
nights
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 Emu Point and Little Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Princess Royal Fortress and Moombaki Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Denmark (Elephant Rocks, Forest Hill Vineyard, & more), Giant Tingle Tree (in Walpole) and Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park). Spend the 28th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nanarup Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Middleton Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Albany trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Denmark, Bluff Knoll, Giant Tingle Tree, Nanarup Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bluff Knoll ©
Bluff Knoll
Giant Tingle Tree ©
Giant Tingle Tree

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. Escape the urban bustle at Twilight Bay and Lucky Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Great Ocean Drive and Wharton Beach. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Thistle Cove, steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge, stroll through Blue Haven Beach, and don't miss a visit to Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Esperance day trip website .

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Esperance, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive

5
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Visiting Ningaloo Marine Park and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ningaloo Reef and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in breathtaking views at Shothole Canyon, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and kick back and relax at Wobiri Beach.

Plan my Exmouth trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Fly from Esperance to Exmouth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Esperance in November: high temperatures in Exmouth hover around 41°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ningaloo Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Shark Diving

5
nights
Kalbarri

Kalbarri ©
Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Chinaman's Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature’s Window and Hutt Lagoon. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs, identify plant and animal life at Kalbarri Pelican Feeding, explore the activities along Murchison River, and get great views at Island Rock & Natural Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalbarri road trip planner .

You can drive from Exmouth to Kalbarri in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kalbarri National Park
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Nature’s Window ©
Nature’s Window
Chinaman's Beach ©
Chinaman's Beach
Blue Holes ©
Blue Holes

4
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.
Relax by the water at Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach. Visiting Staircase To The Moon and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Japanese Cemetery, cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre, and stop by The Courthouse Collection.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Broome road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kalbarri to Broome takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours

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