53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  26​h
1
Fremantle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Launceston
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

3
nights
Fremantle

Fremantle ©
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
Appreciate the collections at The Shipwreck Galleries and Western Australian Maritime Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Fremantle Round House and Fremantle Prison. Explore Fremantle's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham). There's still lots to do: stroll through Scarborough Beach, make a trip to Fremantle Markets, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fremantle route builder site .

Stockholm, Sweden to Fremantle is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Stockholm to Fremantle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in January, things will get much warmer in Fremantle: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Fremantle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cottesloe Beach, Rockingham Beach, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yallingup Beach and Meelup Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hamelin Bay and Jewel Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and savor the flavors at Margaret River Chocolate Company.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Fremantle to Margaret River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Boranup, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emu Point and Greens Pool. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Little Beach, stroll through Middleton Beach, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Albany journey planning app .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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 Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation and Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Admirals Arch. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island driving holiday planning tool .

Fly from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Ballarat Wildlife Park) and Spas (in Daylesford). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and don't miss a visit to Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Spas, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Visiting Great Ocean Walk and London Bridge will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Mait's Rest and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, make a trip to Gibsons Steps, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and get some fabulous bargains at Apostle Whey Cheese.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

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 Kayaking & Canoeing and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. Get some cultural insight at Richmond Gaol and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, indulge your taste buds at Cascade Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart attractions planner.

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Richmond, Kingston Beach, Russell Falls, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate and ONTRAK Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Mole Creek Caves and St Columba Waterfall. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield), Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek) and Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, walk around City Park, and admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Launceston trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, Pioneer Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

5
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 Wentworth Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stop by DUX Collection Sydney, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning tool .

You can fly from Launceston to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Launceston in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Shelly Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get outdoors at Burleigh Head National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Byron Bay (Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, Cape Byron Walking Track, & more) and Gallery of Modern Art (in Brisbane). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Kirra Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Gallery of Modern Art, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta and Field of Light. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in February, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Village Herberton and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Barron Falls & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Port Douglas (Agincourt Reef & Safaris). Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online road trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda, Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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