29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela
Fly:  31​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
8
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Santiago de Compostela

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Mossman Gorge Centre and Palm Cove Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns route website .

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Cairns. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Santiago de Compostela in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Agincourt Reef, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Byron Walking Track and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Lennox Head Beach in Lennox Head (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kirra Beach, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary's Cathedral and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Step out of the city life by going to Featherdale Wildlife Park and Shelly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Blue Mountains), Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach).

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday builder tool .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Nan Tien Temple
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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.
Visit Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary for their historical value. Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Neck, contemplate the long history of Constitution Dock, and examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Hobart reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Mole Creek Caves. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Marakoopa Cave (in Mole Creek) and Platypus House (in Beauty Point). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and stroll around City Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston road trip planning website .

Drive from Hobart to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House, House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave

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.
Relax by the water at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Spas in Daylesford--about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip site .

Getting from Launceston to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Launceston in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, St. Kilda Beach, Bells Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Glenelg Beach and Aldinga Beach. Step out of Adelaide to go to Victor Harbor and see Granite Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Henley Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, and take in the waterfront at Glenelg Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glenelg, Aldinga Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Granite Island, Henley Beach
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in February: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Meelup Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hamelin Bay Jetty and Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Yallingup (Yallingup Beach & Ngilgi Cave). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, Head underground at Lake Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Margaret River trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Meelup Beach, Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

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