45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Esperance
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Ningaloo
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
5
Clare
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
9
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
11
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
12
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Charters Towers
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
14
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
15
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Visit Meelup Beach and Hamelin Bay for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hamelin Bay Jetty and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup). There's much more to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, learn about winemaking at Juniper Margaret River, kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Margaret River is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay, Meelup Beach, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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 get in some beach time at Lowlands Beach and Greens Pool. Visiting Cosy Corner Beach and Misery Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Denmark (Forest Hill Vineyard & Lights Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Little Beach, kick back and relax at Goode Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albany day trip planning 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 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

4
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. You'll get in some beach time at Ten Mile Lagoon and Salmon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Thistle Cove and Cape Le Grand National Park. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach and stroll through Lucky Bay.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Esperance journey planner.

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

1
day
Ningaloo

Ningaloo ©
On the 14th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Reef.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Ningaloo online tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Esperance to Ningaloo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Esperance in March, with highs in Ningaloo at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Wildlife Parks
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef

1
night
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Clare Valley Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Greg Cooley Wines, learn about winemaking at Shut the Gate Wines, learn about winemaking at Mitchell Winery, then make a trip to St Aloysius Church, and finally grab your bike and head to Gleeson Wetlands. Keep things going the next day: trek along Riesling Trail, then learn about winemaking at Kilikanoon Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Penna Lane Wines.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Clare trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ningaloo to Clare. Traveling from Ningaloo to Clare, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

St Aloysius Church
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:
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Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail
Mitchell Winery ©
Mitchell Winery
Kilikanoon Winery ©
Kilikanoon Winery

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Sun), get outside with The Arch, then explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, and then do a tasting at Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Gibsons Steps, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Ard Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Clare to Port Campbell takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bay of Martyrs, Newtons Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch

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.
Museum of Old and New Art and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Opossum Bay Beach and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nutgrove Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lark Distillery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary builder website .

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 March in Hobart, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, Kingston Beach, Maria Island National Park, Opossum Bay Beach, Bellerive Beach
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Friendly Beaches. Visiting Freycinet National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook) and Tasmanian Wool Centre. (in Ross). There's more to do: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout and learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Tasmanian Wool Centre.
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Tasmanian Wool Centre. ©
Tasmanian Wool Centre.

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bendalong Beach and Murrays Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Callala Beach and Blenheim Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenfield Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Moona Moona Creek, see the interesting displays at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, and stroll through Honeymoon Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jervis Bay travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Coles Bay to Jervis Bay with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach, Honeymoon Bay
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Jewish Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online route planner .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Sydney by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Jervis Bay in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, and then browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sydney to Magnetic Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, Magnetic Island is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, then browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary builder website .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
nights
Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and then see the vivid underwater world at Norman Reef. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Zara Clark Museum, contemplate the long history of Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest.

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

Traveling by car from Townsville to Charters Towers takes 2 hours. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Queensland
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Norman Reef ©
Norman Reef
Stock Exchange Arcade ©
Stock Exchange Arcade
Zara Clark Museum ©
Zara Clark Museum

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Brighton Beach and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Charters Towers to Melbourne. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Brighton Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online road trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
West End ©
West End

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