53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h
2
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
4
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Coonawarra
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Clare
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
7
Albany
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Margaret River
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

1
day
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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane itinerary maker app .

Calgary, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 17 hours. In September, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Calgary - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Freycinet National Park. Relax by the water at Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see Spring Vale Wines in Cranbrook, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hazards Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Brisbane to Coles Bay in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Freycinet
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

6
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lime Bay State Reserve and Kingston Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cape Raoul. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton), Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Waterfall Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck). On the 28th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Fern Tree, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery.

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Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Hobart, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Kingston Beach, Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Fern Tree
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at London Bridge and Johanna Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore and Wreck Beach. Take a break from Port Campbell with a short trip to Erskine Falls in Lorne, about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip maker app .

Getting from Hobart to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Wreck Beach, Johanna Beach, Bay of Martyrs, Erskine Falls, Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

4
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Penley Estate and Rymill Coonawarra. Step off the beaten path and head to DiGiorgio Family Wines and Bellwether. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Parker Coonawarra Estate and steep yourself in history at Petticoat Lane.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coonawarra driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Coonawarra takes 4 hours. October in Coonawarra sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Penola
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Katnook Coonawarra ©
Katnook Coonawarra

5
nights
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Get a sense of the local culture at Sevenhill Cellars and Greg Cooley Wines. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bungaree Station and St Aloysius Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clare: Bowman Park (in Crystal Brook) and Rattler Trail (in Riverton). The adventure continues: trek along Riesling Trail, do a tasting at Crabtree Watervale Wines, take in the exciting artwork at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, and steep yourself in history at Martindale Hall Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Clare trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coonawarra to Clare in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Leasingham, Clare Valley, Rattler Trail, Bowman Park
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Riesling Trail ©
Riesling Trail

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Albany's Historic Whaling Station and Duke's Vineyard. Explore hidden gems such as Middleton Beach and Little Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Denmark (Greens Pool & Rising Star Winery), Walpole (Mandalay Beach & Tree Top Walk) and Devils Slide (in Porongurup National Park). Spend the 18th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cable Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Albany trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clare to Albany. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Clare to Albany due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Walpole, Devils Slide, Duke's Vineyard
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meelup Beach and Food Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Cape Grace Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Busselton). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, explore and take pictures at Caves Road, and do a tasting at Brown Hill Estate.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Surfers Point, Meelup Beach, McLeod Creek Wines
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Catholic Diocese of Broome and Japanese Cemetery are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Broome Historical Museum and The Courthouse Collection. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, kick back and relax at Roebuck Bay, and stroll through Cable Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Broome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Broome, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Broome to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Broome in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

5
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Balloon Rides and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Herberton (Historic Village Herberton & Spy & Camera Museum) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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