27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
9
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Atherton Tablelands and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary planning tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Opal Reef. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, get outside with Horses in Port, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in November; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then trek along Coastal walk, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Port Macquarie route builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Gold Coast in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

North Brother Mountain
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Blue Mountains in Katoomba, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Blue Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and The Neck will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart online journey planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Hobart reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Lake Wendouree will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Spas. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online visit planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ballarat, The Great Ocean Road, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Flinders Chase National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Cave and Hamelin Bay. Get in touch with nature at Jewel Cave and Canal Rocks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup). There's more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Margaret River online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 12 hours. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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