36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + Bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5​h 30​min
10
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Bring the kids along to Meelup Beach and Amaze'n Margaret River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hamelin Bay and Surfers Point. When in Margaret River, make a side trip to see Yallingup Galleries in Yallingup, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gnarabup Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with JahRoc Galleries, stroll through Redgate Beach, and look for gifts at Vasse Virgin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary maker tool .

Ahmedabad, India to Margaret River is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Perth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup Galleries, Surfers Point, Meelup Beach
Highlights from your plan
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Synergy Parkland and Holey Moley Golf Club Northbridge. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Perth Cultural Centre, walk around Claisebrook Cove, and ponder the world of politics at Government House.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth holiday planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Perth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Government House ©
Government House
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Holey Moley Golf Club Northbridge ©

2
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 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Lights Beach, explore the striking landscape at Elephant Rocks, and then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Shelley Beach, then take a tour of Replica of the Brig Amity, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goode Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albany online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Albany takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Albany reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stokes Beach and Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, admire the natural beauty at Stokes Bay Bush Garden, do a tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery, and wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip maker site .

Fly from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus ©
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franklin House and Sliders Tube Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at City Park Radio Museum, steep yourself in history at Entally House, walk around Prince's Square, and make a trip to The Town Clock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Launceston attractions app .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Launceston takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Fun & Games Wineries
Highlights from your plan
City Park Radio Museum ©
City Park Radio Museum
Franklin House ©
Franklin House
Launceston Tramway Museum ©
Launceston Tramway Museum

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maria Island National Park and Constitution Dock. Step out of Hobart to go to Port Arthur and see Three Capes Track, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, wander the streets of Sullivans Cove, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, and contemplate the long history of Runnymede House.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hobart route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Maria Island National Park, Three Capes Track, Moorilla Estate Winery
Highlights from your plan
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Melbourne Cable Park and Emporium Melbourne. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Melbourne Town Hall, admire the masterpieces at Hellenic Museum, snap pictures at Princes Bridge, and have some family-friendly fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Hobart, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Melbourne Cable Park
Highlights from your plan
Emporium Melbourne ©
Emporium Melbourne
Melbourne Cable Park ©
Melbourne Cable Park
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne ©

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and National Capital Exhibition. Step off the beaten path and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Canberra Reptile Zoo. The adventure continues: trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at National Rock Garden, sample the fine beverages at Underground Spirits, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namadgi National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Canberra holiday maker .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Canberra sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yarrangobilly Caves, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Highlights from your plan
Canberra Reptile Zoo ©
Canberra Reptile Zoo
National Capital Exhibition ©
National Capital Exhibition

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scotts Head Beach and Tuncurry Rock Pool. Bring the kids along to One Mile Beach and Horsehoe Bay Beach. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Bennetts Head Lookout (in Forster), North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Maritime Museum South West Rocks (in South West Rocks). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum and explore the activities along Hastings River.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Macquarie vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Port Macquarie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Forster, South West Rocks, Tuncurry Rock Pool, Scotts Head Beach, North Brother Mountain
Highlights from your plan
One Mile Beach ©
One Mile Beach
Tuncurry Rock Pool ©
Tuncurry Rock Pool
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennox Head Beach and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Kids will enjoy Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast and Currumbin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Stone & Wood Brewery and Tasting Room (in Byron Bay). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, stroll through Rainbow Bay, and have some family-friendly fun at Crazy Cat Cafe.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Watersports Guru, Stone & Wood Brewery, Lennox Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Rainbow Bay ©
Rainbow Bay

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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