36 days in Western Australia & South Australia Itinerary

36 days in Western Australia & South Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Western Australia & South Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  11​h
1
Kununurra
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Broome
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Denham
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kalbarri
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Coober Pedy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Explore hidden gems such as Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve and Ord River. Get outdoors at Mirima National Park and El Questro Wilderness Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Emma Gorge, snap pictures at Ivanhoe Crossing, explore the galleries of Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Kelly's Knob Lookout.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kununurra travel route tool .

Sydney to Kununurra is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, you will find days in Kununurra are much hotter (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Kununurra

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mirima National Park ©
Mirima National Park
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve ©
Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve
Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery ©
Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at SSJG Heritage Centre and The Courthouse Collection. Get in touch with nature at Broome Bird Observatory and Roebuck Bay. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Reddell Beach, stroll the grounds of Japanese Cemetery, and explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Broome holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Kununurra to Broome in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Broome sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denham.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Broome Bird Observatory ©
Broome Bird Observatory

1
night
Denham

Denham ©
Denham is the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): go for a stroll along the water at Shark Bay, then get great views at Eagle Bluff, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shell Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Francois Peron National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denham trip maker website .

Getting from Broome to Denham by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Denham

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shark Bay ©
Shark Bay
Shell Beach ©
Shell Beach
Francois Peron National Park ©
Francois Peron National Park

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs and Kalbarri Pelican Feeding. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Holes and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: stroll through Chinaman's Beach, get great views at The Loop and Z Bend Gorge, explore and take pictures at Island Rock & Natural Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Nature’s Window.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalbarri trip planner .

You can drive from Denham to Kalbarri in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Exmouth.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kalbarri National Park
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Nature’s Window ©
Nature’s Window
Blue Holes ©
Blue Holes
Chinaman's Beach ©
Chinaman's Beach

3
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Ningaloo Reef and Shark Diving. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek, see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, contemplate the long history of Potshot Memorial, and take in breathtaking views at Charles Knife Canyon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Exmouth holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kalbarri to Exmouth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
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Charles Knife Canyon ©
Charles Knife Canyon
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Shark Diving

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Matilda Bay Reserve and Point Peron. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviation Heritage Museum and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham) and Fremantle (The Fremantle Round House & Fremantle Prison). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Scitech, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia, stop by Aspects of Kings Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Perth travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Exmouth to Perth by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Exmouth in August: high temperatures in Perth hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham, Aviation Heritage Museum, Matilda Bay Reserve
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Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Aviation Heritage Museum
Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve
Point Peron ©
Point Peron

3
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Meelup Beach. Visit Yallingup Beach and Hamelin Bay for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Margaret River with a short trip to Canal Rocks in Yallingup, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, do a tasting at Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, and explore and take pictures at Caves Road.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River route maker site .

Traveling by car from Perth to Margaret River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Redgate Wines, Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Meelup Beach
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Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, then stroll through Middleton Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Western Australian Museum - Albany, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emu Point, and then kick back and relax at Little Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Albany journey planner .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

3
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 some cultural insight at National Railway Museum Port Adelaide and National Motor Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gorge Wildlife Park and Carrick Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Adelaide Gaol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Smith Brothers Walking Trail, see the interesting displays at South Australian Maritime Museum, and see where the action happens at Adelaide Oval.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide online travel route planner .

You can fly from Albany to Adelaide in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albany to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

West Torrens, Henley Beach, Port Adelaide, The Cedars, National Motor Museum
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
National Motor Museum ©
National Motor Museum
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Little Sahara and Stokes Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, get outside with Remarkable Rocks, and enjoy breathtaking views from Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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3
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Step off the beaten path and head to Breakaways Conservation Park and Umoona Opal Mine & Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Timers Mine and The Big Miner. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, admire the striking features of Faye's Underground Home, admire all the interesting features of Tom's Working Opal Mine, and look for all kinds of wild species at Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coober Pedy holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Coober Pedy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. August in Coober Pedy sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum ©
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

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