59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Brisbane
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Norfolk Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  9​h 30​min
McLaren Vale
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
Albany
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Margaret River
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Esperance
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Coles Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Jervis Bay
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Brisbane

3
days
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Take a break from the city and head to Emily Bay and Anson Bay. Kingston and St. Barnabas Chapel will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, view the masterpieces at Gallery Guava, contemplate the long history of The Crankmill, and delve into the distant past at The Salthouse.

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Brisbane to Norfolk Island is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Norfolk Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect nights in Norfolk Island to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to McLaren Vale.

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Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery

4
days
McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blowhole Beach and Morgan Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseshoe Bay and Boomer Beach. Get out of town with these interesting McLaren Vale side-trips: Cleland Wildlife Park (in Crafers), Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga) and Adelaide (Rundle Mall & Adelaide Central Market). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Carrickalinga Beach and shop like a local with Harvest the Fleurieu.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Norfolk Island to McLaren Vale in 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Norfolk Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Norfolk Island in January: highs in McLaren Vale hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

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Side Trips

Port Elliot, Adelaide, Waitpinga Beach, Harvest the Fleurieu, Blowhole Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

6
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and Rising Star Winery. Relax by the water at Lowlands Beach and Cosy Corner Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park), Denmark (Lights Beach, Greens Pool, & more) and South Coast WoodWorks Gallery (in Youngs Siding). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, stroll through Misery Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and examine the collection at National Anzac Centre.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from McLaren Vale to Albany takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from McLaren Vale to Albany is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from McLaren Vale in January; daily highs in Albany reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach, Nanarup Beach
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach

4
days
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 in touch with nature at Meelup Beach and Mammoth Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Woodlands Wines and Busselton Jetty. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, kick back and relax at Surfers Point, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and pick up some local products at Margaret River Farmers Market.

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You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toEsperance.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Woodlands Wines, Mammoth Cave, Surfers Point, Meelup Beach
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

5
days
Esperance

Esperance ©
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. Visiting Thistle Cove and Cape Le Grand National Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hellfire Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourth Beach, look for gifts at Mermaid Leather, and steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Esperance journey app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Esperance in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Esperance are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

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Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven Beach

5
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Tahune Forest AirWalk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like South Cape Bay Walk and Shene Tasmania. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate (in Kettering) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, steep yourself in history at Claremont House, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hobart online vacation planner .

Getting from Esperance to Hobart by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Esperance in January, you will find days in Hobart are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Claremont House, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Shene Tasmania, South Cape Bay, Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
South Cape Bay ©
South Cape Bay

4
days
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Honeymoon Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Columba Waterfall. Take a break from Coles Bay with a short trip to East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for Jervis Bay on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Coles Bay

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Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, St Columba Waterfall, Gala Estate Vineyard
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
days
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bendalong Beach and Hyams Beach. Relax by the water at Callala Beach and Nelson Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jervis Bay: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama) and Werri Beach (in Gerringong).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jervis Bay trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Coles Bay to Jervis Bay with the Route module. In February, daytime highs in Jervis Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

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Side Trips

Currarong, Shoalhaven, Werri Beach, Kiama Blowhole, Callala Beach
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach

5
days
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Werrong Beach (in Royal National Park) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Jervis Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Jervis Bay in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

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Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Werrong Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

6
days
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kirra Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coolangatta Beach and Pippi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (in Broadbeach), Burleigh Heads (Burleigh Heads Beach & Burleigh Head National Park) and Turners Beach (in Yamba). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Broken Head Beach, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Broken Head Beach, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
days
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step out of the city life by going to Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Shop till you drop at The Real McCaul and The Original Eumundi Markets. Change things up with a short trip to Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Noosa road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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