35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  26 h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
6
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Margaret River
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  13 h 30 min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Cleveland

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at ArtVo and Museo Italiano. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Parliament House of Victoria. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne planner .

Cleveland, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 15 hours. In January, Melbourne is much hotter than Cleveland - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
St Kilda Pier ©
St Kilda Pier
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla). There's much more to do: stop by Darling Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Customs House, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Cronulla Beach Walk, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Tamar Valley and Lilydale Falls. Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum (in Deloraine), Loira Vines (in Sidmouth) and John Temple Gallery (in Westbury). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, savor the flavors at Entally House, stroll around City Park, and do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Launceston day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Launceston takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Launceston at 76°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Rowella, Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum, John Temple Gallery, Loira Vines
Highlights from your plan
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania ©
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. David's Cathedral and Constitution Dock. Get a sense of the local culture at Sullivans Cove and Runnymede House. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Neck, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, kick back and relax at Nutgrove Beach, and explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hobart trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in January, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Neck
Highlights from your plan
The Neck ©
The Neck
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Maritime Museum of Tasmania ©
Maritime Museum of Tasmania

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Flinders Chase National Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Raptor Domain and Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step into the grandiose world of George's 52,000 Castle Lights, learn about winemaking at The Islander Estate Vineyards, and experience rural life at Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Getting from Hobart to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, steep yourself in history at Princess Royal Fortress, then grab your bike and head to Ellen Cove Boardwalk, and finally kick back and relax at Goode Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Lights Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Rocks, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Albany online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany. In January in Albany, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Lights Beach ©
Lights Beach
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Redgate Wines and JahRoc Galleries. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamelin Bay and Yallingup Beach. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Meelup Beach in Dunsborough--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, learn about winemaking at Cape Grace Wines, and trek along Redgate Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Margaret River route builder .

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Surfers Point, Redgate Wines, Meelup Beach, Yallingup Beach, Cape Grace Wines
Highlights from your plan
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

4
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Ngarru Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Tranquility Falls in Daintree, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Margaret River to Port Douglas in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Margaret River to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Tranquility Falls, Daintree Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Safaris

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Fig Tree and Yorkeys Knob Beach. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and The Peterson Creek Walking Track (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Ellis Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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