38 days in Western Australia Itinerary

38 days in Western Australia Itinerary

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Perth
— 9 nights
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Margaret River
— 8 nights
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Albany
— 7 nights
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Esperance
— 7 nights
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Exmouth
— 6 nights
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Perth — 9 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Mandurah (Mandurah Community Museum & Mandurah War Memorial), Fremantle (Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Markets, &more) and Rockingham (Shoalwater Islands Marine Park & Penguin Island). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Adventure World, take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and stroll through Cottesloe Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth road trip planning app.

Sydney to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Perth. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Perth, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.
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Margaret River — 8 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Food Tours and Ngilgi Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave), Yallingup (Smiths Beach, Canal Rocks, &more) and Wonnerup House (in Wonnerup). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Busselton Jetty, get in on the family fun at Yallingup Maze, take a memorable drive along Caves Road, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Margaret River trip itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albany.
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Albany — 7 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Greens Pool and National Anzac Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Denmark (Lights Beach, Elephant Rocks, &more), Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Little Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nanarup Beach, make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bluff Knoll.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Albany attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Esperance.
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Esperance — 7 nights

Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Le Grand National Park and Frenchman's Peak. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Twilight Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Lucky Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Thistle Cove, and take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Drive.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Esperance trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Albany to Esperance by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Exmouth.
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Exmouth — 6 nights

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Attractions like Ningaloo Reef Dive and Vlamingh Head Lighthouse make great kid-friendly stops. When in Exmouth, make a side trip to see Ningaloo Marine Park in Coral Bay, approximately Coral Bay away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Osprey Bay, explore the activities along Yardie Creek, explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and look for gifts at Exmouth Tackle & Camping Supplies.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Exmouth attractions planning app.

Getting from Esperance to Exmouth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Esperance in January: high temperatures in Exmouth hover around 44°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Western Australia travel guide

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Western Australia's almost 12,000 km (7,450 mi) of coastline is broken up only by oasis-like towns and cities. Most of the state, however, is an arid region of mostly uninhabited, infertile land with an untamed physical aesthetic. The harsh climate cultivates a laid-back lifestyle centered on the coast’s shaded enclaves and picturesque beaches. Australia’s largest state, with an area of 2.65 million sq km (1 million sq mi), Western Australia contains over a third of the country’s landmass but just 11 percent of its population.
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