57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  26​h
1
Norfolk Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
5
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Albany
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Esperance
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 45​min
8
Port Campbell
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emily Bay and Norfolk Island National Park & Botanic Garden. Visit St. Barnabas Chapel and Norfolk Island Cemetery for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Point Ross, explore the ancient world of The Salthouse, contemplate the long history of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Norfolk Island vacation planner .

Phoenix, USA to Norfolk Island is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Phoenix to Norfolk Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Norfolk Island, with highs around 75°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and Scotts Head Beach. Get some historical perspective at Tacking Point Lighthouse and The Green Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Trial Bay Gaol (in South West Rocks), Pilot Beach (in Camden Head) and Korogoro Walking Track (in Hat Head). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Elizabeth Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Seven Mile Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tuncurry Rock Pool.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Macquarie online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocks Ferry Reserve, Seven Mile Beach, Tuncurry Rock Pool, Trial Bay Gaol, Korogoro Walking Track
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Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Jenolan Caves. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chinamans Beach, Jenolan Caves
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Visiting Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Admirals Arch will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Stokes Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, and look for all kinds of wild species at Little Sahara.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hamelin Bay Jetty and Water wheel. Visiting Meelup Beach and Canal Rocks will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Yallingup Beach). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Point, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 12 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Boranup, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Meelup Beach
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lowlands Beach and Little Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cheynes Beach and Nanarup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Denmark (Anvil Beach, Greens Pool, & more), Waychinicup National Park (in Cheynes) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Betty's Beach, don't miss a visit to Chainsaw Sculpture Drive, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Albany trip planning site .

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 in Albany, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Nanarup Beach, Waychinicup National Park, Lowlands Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

5
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. Explore hidden gems such as Twilight Bay and Thistle Cove. You'll get in some beach time at Lucky Bay and Salmon Beach. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Haven Beach, get great views at Observatory Point and Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourth Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Esperance road trip planner .

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay

4
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Great Ocean Walk and Loch Ard Gorge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mait's Rest and London Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Port Campbell side-trips: Johanna Beach (in Johanna), Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah) and Kennet River Koala Walk (in Kennett River). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Esperance to Port Campbell in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Esperance to Port Campbell. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, Johanna Beach, Kennet River Koala Walk, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

4
nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Squeaky Beach and Reeeves Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wilsons Promontory National Park and Little Waterloo Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilsons Promontory National Park: Woodside Beach (in Woodside), Alberton Cemetery (in Alberton) and Robertson Beach (in Port Albert). There's much more to do: hike along Mt Oberon Summit Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Norman Beach, and stroll through Picnic Bay.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Wilsons Promontory National Park takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Woodside, Robertson Beach, Alberton Cemetery, Waratah Bay Foreshore Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach
Reeeves Beach ©
Reeeves Beach

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nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Devils @ Cradle and Westmorland Falls. Visiting Lake St. Clair and Dove Lake Circuit will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Hellyer Gorge (in Parrawe) and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park (in Strahan). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Barn Bluff.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Westmorland Falls, Hellyer Gorge
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Hellyer Gorge ©
Hellyer Gorge

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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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spiky Beach Conservation Area will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Denison Beach and Wineglass Bay Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coles Bay: Raspins Beach (in Orford), Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery (in St Marys) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Raspins Beach, Coles Bay Jetty, Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 get in some beach time at Opossum Bay Beach and Nutgrove Beach. Get some historical perspective at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Cascade Brewery. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 29th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, stroll through Bellerive Beach, and contemplate the long history of Runnymede House.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart driving holiday website .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in February, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Opossum Bay Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Kingston Beach, Bellerive Beach, Fern Tree
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach

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