49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Albany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  11 h 45 min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  7 h
4
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  10 h
6
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 30 min
9
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
11
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  25 h
End: Copenhagen

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Greens Pool and Middleton Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Anzac Centre and Tree Top Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Denmark (Elephant Rocks & Harewood Forest). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point, take a tour of Replica of the Brig Amity, stroll through Little Beach, and examine the collection at Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany trip maker tool .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Albany is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Albany due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, you will find days in Albany are much hotter (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Tree Top Walk
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Hamelin Bay and Yallingup Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Meelup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks), Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (in Dunsborough) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, cruise along Caves Road, and learn about winemaking at Vasse Felix Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River holiday maker.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Augusta, Vasse Felix Winery
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Off-Road Tours. Get in touch with nature at Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online route builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and Mait's Rest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Ocean Walk and Lorne Beach. Step out of Apollo Bay to go to Kennett River and see Kennet River Koala Walk, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: get great views at Mariners Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay tour planner.

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Kangaroo Island to Apollo Bay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kennet River Koala Walk, Lorne Beach, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Otway Fly Treetop Adventures ©
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Grotto, then explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge, and then don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell trip planning site .

Getting from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

4
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.
Get outdoors at The Neck and Mount Wellington. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Richmond Gaol. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, approximately Mount Field National Park away. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Russell Falls, The Neck, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Gaol
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

6
nights
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Wentworth Falls will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Blue Mountains (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For photos and tourist information, use the Sydney online vacation maker .

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nan Tien Temple, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Kiama Blowhole, Blue Mountains, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Koala Hospital and Scuba & Snorkeling. Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Port Macquarie to Laurieton to see North Brother Mountain about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Coastal walk, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the interesting displays at Roto House.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

South West Rocks, North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Burleigh Heads Beach. Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Kayaking & Canoeing), Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Photography Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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