53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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Adelaide
— 6 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 7 nights
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Margaret River
— 5 nights
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Perth
— 6 nights
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Adelaide — 6 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Tscharke Wines (in Marananga), McLaren Vale (Primo Estate & Wine Diva Tours) and Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip builder.

Durham, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Adelaide is 9.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Durham in December: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Wineries · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Port Douglas.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Port Douglas — 5 nights

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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Cairns — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Kuranda and see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, and make a trip to Green Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 4 nights

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba), Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Sydney — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and visit The Rocks.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hobart.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches
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Hobart — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 27th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, savor the flavors at Drink Tasmania Premium Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to Melbourne.
Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Melbourne — 7 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Heronswood (in Dromana), Geelong Adventure Specialists (in Geelong) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne travel route app.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Margaret River.
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Margaret River — 5 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.
Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Yallingup (Smiths Beach & Canal Rocks), Dunsborough (Margaret River Unplugged & Meelup Beach) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). On the 8th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, do a tasting at Carpe Diem Vineyards, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Margaret River online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Melbourne to Margaret River in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Perth.
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Perth — 6 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Perth Wake Park (in Baldivis). Dedicate the 16th (Thu) to wine at Top Gun Tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Royal Perth Hospital Museum, explore the activities along Swan River, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary 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. In February in Perth, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Margaret River Region travel guide

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Adjacent to the Indian Ocean, the Margaret River Region is best known for the extensive cultivation of wine that to some extent defines it. The region boasts ideal conditions for viniculture, and as a result is one of Australia’s most prolific producers of wine. The area also possesses several hundred caves, six of which are open to the general public. The caves contain fossils thought to be over 35,000 years old.