45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
4
Bendigo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
12
Norfolk Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
13
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
nights
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 Food Tours and Jewel Cave. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Dunsborough (Meelup Beach & Climbing Naturaliste), Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Lake Cave, learn about winemaking at McHenry Hohnen Vintners, explore and take pictures at Caves Road, and look for gifts at Moon Haven Natural Products.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River vacation planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Margaret River is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Margaret River, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup, Dunsborough
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Food Tours
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Anzac Centre and Little Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Greens Pool in Denmark (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and don't miss a visit to Convoy Lookout.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Albany trip itinerary app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
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The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Flinders Chase National Park and Remarkable Rocks. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and sample the fine beverages at KI Spirits.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Kangaroo Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Bendigo Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Bendigo side-trips: Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford) and Maldon Market (in Maldon). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Central Deborah Gold Mine, explore the activities along Lake Weeroona, walk around Rosalind Park, and admire the striking features of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bendigo travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kangaroo Island to Bendigo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Bendigo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Daylesford, Henry of Harcourt, Maldon Market
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
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Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Sacred Heart Cathedral ©
Sacred Heart Cathedral

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Campbell: Apollo Bay (Mait's Rest, Mariners Lookout, & more) and Erskine Falls (in Lorne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, make a trip to Gibsons Steps, and get great views at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Bendigo to Port Campbell in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Erskine Falls, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 30th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, contemplate the long history of Salamanca Arts Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip itinerary site .

Getting from Port Campbell to Hobart by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Richmond
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bicheno Blowhole. Step out of Coles Bay to go to Bicheno and see East Coast Natureworld, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, explore and take pictures at Wineglass Bay Lookout, and explore the galleries of Kings Fine Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like City Park and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House) and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, admire the striking features of City of Launceston Town Hall, and examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.

To find out how to plan a trip to Launceston, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In May in Launceston, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Burley Griffin and Old Parliament House. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Arboretum Canberra.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Canberra journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Canberra takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Canberra sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Mountains and Photography Tours. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Mountains
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Photography Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, and then delve into the distant past at Innes Ruins.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Emily Bay and Captain Cook's Monument. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Norfolk Island Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Barracks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Norfolk Island travel route planner.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Norfolk Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Norfolk Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Port Macquarie in May, expect Norfolk Island to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama ©
Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muddy's Playground and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Norfolk Island to Cairns in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk Island to Cairns is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Norfolk Island in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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