9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Coral Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carnarvon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kalbarri
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle (Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Markets). Dedicate the 29th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, and appreciate the history behind The Bell Tower.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth online driving holiday planner .

Melbourne to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Perth hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Coral Bay.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle, Perth Zoo
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

1
night
Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a small town on the coast of Western Australia, north of Perth. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Ningaloo Marine Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coral Bay online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Perth to Coral Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Carnarvon.

Things to do in Coral Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Carnarvon

Carnarvon ©
Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900km north of Perth, Western Australia. On the 1st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, then don't miss a visit to OTC Satellite Earth Station Carnarvon, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Augustus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carnarvon visit app .

You can drive from Coral Bay to Carnarvon in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Carnarvon

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mount Augustus
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Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum ©

1
night
Kalbarri

Kalbarri ©
Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
On the 2nd (Wed), meet the residents at Rainbow Jungle, then get great views at Red Bluff, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kalbarri trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carnarvon to Kalbarri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Rainbow Jungle ©
Rainbow Jungle
Kayaking & Canoeing

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