46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
9
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
12
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Berlin

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Lake Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at Whirlwind Olives and Oil, experience rural life at Margaret River Venison Farm, and do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River online tour itinerary planner .

Berlin, Germany to Margaret River is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Karridale, Boranup
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sunflowers Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Anzac Centre and Waychinicup National Park. When in Albany, make a side trip to see Greens Pool in Denmark, approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalgan River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany online route builder .

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 January, daytime highs in Albany are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waychinicup National Park, Greens Pool
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twelve Apostles and Kennet River Koala Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Childer's Cove (in The Cove), Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve (in Warrnambool) and Mait's Rest (in Apollo Bay). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and explore and take pictures at Gibsons Steps.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Campbell road trip app .

Getting from Albany to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Port Campbell is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Childer's Cove, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Mait's Rest, Kennet River Koala Walk
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Childer's Cove ©
Childer's Cove
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dove Lake Circuit and Gunns Plains Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Westmorland Falls (in Mole Creek) and Wings Wildlife Park (in Gunns Plains). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planning site .

Getting from Port Campbell to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by combination of bus, train, flight, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Westmorland Falls
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wineglass Bay Lookout and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Coles Bay visit planner.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bicheno
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond Bridge. On the 21st (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fern Tree, and go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart online tour planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Fern Tree, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Food 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koala Hospital and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Macquarie: Rocks Ferry Reserve (in Wauchope) and Trial Bay Gaol (in South West Rocks). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, sample the tasty concoctions at Moorebeer Brewing Co., and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online vacation maker .

Getting from Hobart to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Hobart in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Macquarie, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Crystalline Pottery, Trial Bay Gaol, Rocks Ferry Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Rocks Ferry Reserve ©
Rocks Ferry Reserve

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park and explore the fascinating underground world of Kelly Hill Caves.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Walking tours

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more). Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online route maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Paronella Park, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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