8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Kalgoorlie-Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
3
Nullarbor
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Perth

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day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Perth trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Perth. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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night
Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Kalgoorlie-Boulder
On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Goongarrie National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kalgoorlie-Boulder journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Kalgoorlie-Boulder takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nullarbor.

Things to do in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Nature Parks
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Nullarbor

Nullarbor ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Nullarbor National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nullarbor trip website .

Traveling by car from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Nullarbor takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Nullarbor. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Nullarbor

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Nullarbor National Park ©
Nullarbor National Park

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Adelaide road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nullarbor to Adelaide. January in Adelaide sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Seacliff Beach ©
Seacliff Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canberra driving holiday site .

You can fly from Adelaide to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Clovelly, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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