55 days in Australia Itinerary

55 days in Australia Itinerary

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55 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
train + Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Bendigo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Halls Gap
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
9
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Bristol

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.
Sensei Pots Art Gallery Yallingup and The Studio Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canal Rocks and Ngilgi Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Hamelin Bay Jetty (in Hamelin Bay) and Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, look for gifts at Treeton Fine Wood Studio, learn about winemaking at McLeod Creek Wines, and take in the exciting artwork at JahRoc Galleries.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip website .

Bristol, UK to Margaret River is an approximately 27-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Bristol to Margaret River, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yallingup, Boranup, Cowaramup, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
JahRoc Galleries ©
JahRoc Galleries
Cape Grace Wines ©
Cape Grace Wines

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Little Beach and Lowlands Beach. Shop till you drop at The Denmark Heritage Cider Company and Vancouver Arts Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Denmark (Greens Pool & Anvil Beach) and Tree Top Walk (in Walpole). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Misery Beach, get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albany trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Lowlands Beach, Tree Top Walk
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Yubu Napa Art Gallery. Shop till you drop at This is Aboriginal Art and Talapi. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get great views at Anzac Hill, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Albany to Alice Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Alice Springs is 1 hour. Traveling from Albany in March, expect Alice Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Yubu Napa Art Gallery ©
Yubu Napa Art Gallery
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
This is Aboriginal Art ©
This is Aboriginal Art

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.
For shopping fun, head to Whitewashed Gallery or The Slim Dusty Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: Kendall Craft Co-operative (in Kendall) and Macley River Historical Museum (in Kempsey). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, head outdoors with Centre of Gravity Indoor Adventure Centre, and enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Alice Springs to Port Macquarie in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Alice Springs in March, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kempsey, Whitewashed Gallery, Kendall Craft Co-operative
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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The Slim Dusty Centre ©
The Slim Dusty Centre
Macley River Historical Museum ©
Macley River Historical Museum

3
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.
Do your shopping at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Scott Leggo Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum and Drill Hall Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canberra: Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines (in Bredbo), Village Antiques (in Bungendore) and Outsider Cafe Lounge Gallery (in Captains Flat). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Strathnairn Gallery, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, get curious at Questacon, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Canberra takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Port Macquarie in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Canberra: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bungendore, Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, Outsider Cafe Lounge Gallery, Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery ©
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines ©
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines
Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum ©

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Art Gallery of Ballarat and Dunolly Museum. Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum and Shades Of Gray Studio and Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bendigo: Harcourt Valley Vineyards (in Harcourt), The Great Aussie Beer Shed (in Echuca) and Maldon (Cascade Print Room and Art Gallery & Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Bendigo Art Gallery, stop by The Restorers Barn, view the masterpieces at Post Office Gallery (Bendigo Art Gallery), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bendigo route planner .

Getting from Canberra to Bendigo by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Bendigo

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Castlemaine, Maldon, Rod Hadfields Hot Rod Museum, Dunolly Museum
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
The Great Aussie Beer Shed ©
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum

4
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Get some cultural insight at J Ward Museum Complex and James McMurtrie. Take a break from the city and head to Halls Gap Zoo and Venus Baths Loop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Halls Gap: Ararat Gallery TAMA (in Ararat) and Dunkeld (Mt Sturgeon & Chimney Pots). And it doesn't end there: trek along The Pinnacle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonderland Loop Hike, identify plant and animal life at Chatauqua Peak, and view the masterpieces at Steve Morvell Wildlife Art.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Halls Gap trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bendigo to Halls Gap takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ararat, Dunkeld
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
J Ward Museum Complex ©
J Ward Museum Complex
Mt Sturgeon ©
Mt Sturgeon
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Ocean Walk and Gibsons Steps. Get in touch with nature at Port Campbell National Park and London Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Campbell: Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah), Mait's Rest (in Apollo Bay) and Red Rock Theatre and Gallery (in Cororooke). It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Halls Gap to Port Campbell takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery, Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Take a break from the city and head to Hogarth Falls and Dove Lake Circuit. Get a sense of the local culture at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and Waddamana Power Station Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Westmorland Falls (in Mole Creek), Philosopher Falls (in Waratah) and Zeehan Rock Shop (in Zeehan). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

Plan trip to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car from Port Campbell to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zeehan, Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site, Hogarth Falls, Philosopher Falls, Westmorland Falls
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site ©
Philosopher Falls ©
Philosopher Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at St Columba Waterfall and The Tamar Valley. Discover out-of-the-way places like Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Tamar Valley Art Shack (in Clarence Point), Sheffield (ONTRAK Gallery & The Working Art Space and Gallery) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, admire the sheer force of St Columba Falls Reserve, view the masterpieces at The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and stroll around City Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip site .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In April in Launceston, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sheffield, St Columba Falls Reserve, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tasmanian Glassblowers
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania ©
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
St Columba Falls Reserve ©
St Columba Falls Reserve

3
nights
Coles Bay

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers and Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay Lookout. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery in St Marys, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, browse the exhibits of Waubs Bay Gallery, and take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay journey planner .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

St Marys, Coles Bay Jetty, Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Waubs Bay Gallery
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rosny Farm and Art Mob. Explore hidden gems such as Salamanca Arts Centre and Lady Franklin Gallery. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 28th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Constitution Dock, stop by Aspect Design, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip maker site .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hobart are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rosny Farm, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Salamanca Arts Centre ©
Salamanca Arts Centre
Rosny Farm ©
Rosny Farm

7
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Blowhole Beach and Richardson Park Playspace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage and Carrickalinga Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Paulett Wines (in Polish Hill River), Clare Valley Art Gallery (in Clare) and Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, explore the galleries of Better World Arts, step off the mainland to explore Granite Island, and take in the exciting artwork at Willunga Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Adelaide sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Hobart to Adelaide by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in April, expect Adelaide to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 14°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Port Adelaide, Willunga, Clare, Cleland Wildlife Park, Paulett Wines
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 5:
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

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