30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly + Drive:  35​h
1
Cowes
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + foot + train + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Esperance
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  15​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  32​h
End: Brasilia

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will enjoy A Maze'N Things and Cape Woolamai Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Nobbies Centre and Churchill Island. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Cowes Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Flynns Beach, and stop by Tyde.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cowes online travel route builder .

Brasilia, Brazil to Cowes is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brasilia in December; daily highs in Cowes reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Pinnacles Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Family-friendly places like Raptor Domain and Island Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blowhole Beach and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cowes to Kangaroo Island in 12.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Blowhole Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greens Pool and Anvil Beach. Family-friendly places like Little Beach and Nanarup Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup) and Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island, and examine the collection at National Anzac Centre.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Albany tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

4
nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Le Grand National Park and Lucky Bay. Family-friendly places like Thistle Cove and Ten Mile Lagoon will thrill your kids. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Haven Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at West Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Esperance day trip planning app .

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Esperance

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

2
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wineglass Bay will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and East Coast Natureworld. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Esperance to Coles Bay in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Esperance to Coles Bay, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Honeymoon Bay
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

3
nights
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 Tahune Forest AirWalk and Richmond Bridge. Bring the kids along to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. On the 3rd (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tahune Forest AirWalk, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Food Tours
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk

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.
Kids will enjoy Burleigh Heads Beach and Dreamworld. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and make a splash at Wet 'n' Wild Water World.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in January, with highs in Gold Coast at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast ©
Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Trinity Beach and Agincourt Reef will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Spas & Wellness. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Cairns (Botanical Gardens & Muddy's Playground) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in January; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cairns, Trinity Beach, Bloomfield Waterfall, Daintree Discovery Centre, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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