36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
Margaret River
— 4 nights
+4
bus + Fly + bus + train + bus:  17​h
7
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
8
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Montreal

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach).

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path. Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 2nd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, get great views at Anzac Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Darwin Aviation Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience. It doesn't end there: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in September, you will find days in Darwin are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Broome

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Get some cultural insight at Broome Historical Museum and SSJG Heritage Centre. Spend the 8th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Japanese Cemetery, and kick back and relax at Cable Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Broome route maker website .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Broome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Broome. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Broome when traveling from Darwin in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lake Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Hamelin Bay Jetty. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta), Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, stroll through Cowaramup Bay, and explore and take pictures at Caves Road.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Redgate Wines, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Surfers Point
Highlights from your plan
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Get outdoors at London Bridge and Great Ocean Walk. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Loch Ard Gorge and Johanna Beach. Step out of Port Campbell with an excursion to Mait's Rest in Apollo Bay--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gibsons Steps, admire all the interesting features of Twelve Apostles, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Margaret River to Port Campbell takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Margaret River to Port Campbell, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Johanna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cascade Brewery are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Coningham Nature Recreation Area. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Australian Convict Sites (in Port Arthur), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Duck Hole Lake Walk (in Dover). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, browse the exhibits of Richmond Gaol, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. September in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Coningham Nature Recreation Area, Richmond Gaol, Australian Convict Sites, Duck Hole Lake Walk, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip planner .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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 some historical perspective at Tacking Point Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Get a sense of the local culture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Roto House. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Hat Head National Park (in Hat Head) and South West Rocks (Maritime Museum South West Rocks & German Monument). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trek along Coastal walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

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