Australia Itinerary Travel


"Need some help deciding what to do?" This page aims to give you Australia Itinerary travel ideas so that you can plan your holiday effectively.

Given the size of Australia, it can be very overwhelming trying to decide how much to do when you are here.

You really need at least 3 weeks to enjoy your time here in Australia but I have included options for less time should you have a limited time.

If you are lucky enough to have more time - say 3-6 months then you can see all of Australia. The itineraries below give you the MINIMUM time to do the trips. You can easily spend much longer in all these places, particularly if you are planning a road trip.

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Australia Itinerary Travel 1 - The Road Tripper: City, Beach and Outback. (3 weeks)



As you will see from the destination guides page, I strongly recommend incorporating all these three elements into your Australia itinerary travel to get a real feel for Australia. This is particularly true if this is your first trip here.

This trip is the one for you if:-

  • You can come to Australia during the summer or shoulder season (November through to end of March)
  • You like the idea of taking a road trip, giving you the flexibility to stop off or stay longer at the places that you love. You can even hire a camper van if you fancy
  • You want to see different aspects of what Australia has to offer
  • You want to be able to enjoy the sunshine but do things rather than just sit on a beach
  • You have a reasonable amount to spend on your trip - there are internal flights to pay for and the flight to Ayers Rock is a bit pricey
  • The Itinerary

  • Fly into Sydney and spend 3 days exploring the city.

  • Fly up to Noosa and then take a 10 day road trip down the East Coast of Australia back down to Sydney


  • Fly from Sydney to Alice Springs and take the 5 day 4WD trip to Ayers Rock stopping off at Kings Canyon along the way.


  • Fly from Ayers Rock to Melbourne then discover here things to do in Melbourne and spend 3 days exploring Melbourne. You could even take a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula or Great Ocean Driveif you get up early enough.





  • Australia Itinerary Travel 2 - City, Outback and Island Indulgence (3 weeks)



    This Australia itinerary travel is the one for you if:-

  • You can come to Australia during the summer or shoulder season (November through to end of March)
  • You don't like the idea of driving and just want some time to unwind and relax
  • You want to see different aspects of what Australia has to offer
  • You want some real R&R in beautiful surroundings
  • You want to dive or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • You have cash to splash - there are internal flights to pay for and the Whitsundays aren't cheap
  • The Itinerary

  • Fly into Sydney and spend 3-4 days exploring the city.


  • Fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island to experience the serene beaches of the Whitsundays. Stay for a few days or if you can afford it, stay for 7-10 days. The Whitsundays are on the Great Barrier Reef so you also get to see some amazing marine life
  • Fly from Hamilton Island to Melbourne and spend 3 days exploring Melbourne. Find out here things to do in Melbourne. You could even take a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula or Great Ocean Drive


  • Fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs and take the 5 day 4WD trip to Ayers Rock and the Red Centre stopping off at Kings Canyon along the way.



  • Australia Itinerary Travel 3 - Gourmet and Nature lovers - (3-4 weeks )



    This Australia itinerary travel trip is the one for you if:-

  • You need to travel between May and October. This trip is still suitable in Australia's summer (November to April) but great weather is not as essential
  • You like exploring cities but like the countryside as well
  • You love experiencing fantastic food and wine and like being at one with nature. Perhaps you are into photography?
  • You want to see different aspects of what Australia has to offer
  • You can do this on a budget or in style
  • The Itinerary

  • Start in either Sydney or Melbourne and then check out Things to do in Melbourne depending on which takes your fancy. You could do both and even drive between the two if you have the time (allow 3 days in each city and 3 at least 2 days to travel between the two or longer if you fancy).

    Spend time in the cities enjoying the sites but also take part in some of the great food and wine on offer. This could be about going to a fabulous restaurant, day trips to the wine regions or some of the food safaris on offer. Click here for more ideas on how to experience great food and wine.

  • From Melbourne hire a car and explore Great Ocean Drive and Mornington Peninsula(4 days).


  • Drive from the Ocean Drive to Adelaide (do it in a day or take a stop off at Robe)
  • Take 7 days to explore Adelaide, the 3 wine regions and of course Kangaroo Island where you get to meet Australian animals in their natural habitat.


  • Take the Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin (2 days) through theRed Centre via Alice Springs


  • This takes you up to 3 weeks but if you can squeeze more time and are here in the dry season (May to October) then spend a week around Darwin. The scenery and bird life in Kakadu National Park is stunning.



  • Australia Itinerary Travel 4 - Adventure lovers Out of Season- (3 weeks)



    This Australia itinerary travel trip is the one for you if:-

  • You need to travel between May and October.
  • You have a sense of adventure and want to do something different
  • You want to see some marine life by snorkeling or diving
  • You like the idea of a 4WD road trip in the outback
  • You like natural landscapes and birdlife. Perhaps you are into photography
  • You can do this on a budget or in style
  • The Itinerary

  • This trip starts from Cairns but you won't be able to fly internationally straight into Cairns so pick an Australian city that you fancy visiting.

  • Cairns in Tropical Queensland is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It means you can enjoy fantastic weather between June and October and experience the Great Barrier Reef marine life.

    Spend between 3 and 7 days here.

  • From Cairns fly to Darwin and take 7-10 days exploring KakaduNational Park, Katherine Gorge and jumping crocodiles.
  • From here you can either loop back to Darwin and fly to Broome, or you can carry on your road trip to Kununurra. Allow 2 days if you decide to drive (510km)
  • The Gibb River RoadAdventure can start at either Kununurra or Derby which is 220km from Broome. Either way you need at least 6 days to explore it. This is a fantastic outback experience where you get to experience real unspoilt Australia.
  • Spend some time in Broome and head up to Cape Leveque for a couple of days too - total 3-4 days)



  • Australia Itinerary Travel 5 - From West to East for 2nd time visitors (3 weeks)




    This Australia itinerary travel trip is the one for you if:-

  • You've already been to Australia and want to explore further afield.
  • You want to get away from the crowds and experience the REAL Australia
  • You like good food and wine
  • You didn't make it to Ayers Rock on your last trip or you fancy taking one of the spectacular train journeys across Australia
  • You need a bit of down time to relax and like the idea of exploring the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef
  • You can do this on a budget but its hard given the distances that you are travelling. It's easier if you have a bit of cash as the internal flights to Perth can be pricey
  • The Itinerary

  • International flights are available from Perth and is actually the shortest flight you can do to Australia. It's a good way of breaking up your long flight from Europe.

    Spend 3 days in Perth before heading to the wine region of the Margaret River. Spend from 3-7 days exploring the region or longer if you intend to take the loop which takes in Albany, the Wave Rock and or Esperance.

  • Ayers Rock via Kings Canyon. You'll need 5 days to do this trip properly.

  • If you prefer, you can change this Australia Itinerary Travel and take the magnificent train journey from Perth via Adelaide through to Sydney on the Indian Pacific. This takes 4 days and prices start from $700 but go up to $2000 for a deluxe sleeper cabin.
  • Fly to Sydney and take a trip down the coast to Jervis Bay (3 hours from Sydney) or if you've been there seen it done it, fly to Cairns or the Whitsundays and enjoy some down time on the Great Barrier Reef. (6 days)


    Australia Itinerary Travel 6 - Short Visits (1-2 weeks)



    If you've only got a short time to visit Australia then focus on one area and do it well. You want to minimise too many flights otherwise it just isn't a holiday.

    The following Australia itinerary travel ideas are suitable for a week's travel and could be combined together for a 2 week stay.

  • Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley wine region and Jervis Bay
  • Melbourne, The Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Drive
  • Adelaide, Adelaide Wineries and Kangaroo Island
  • Explore Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and take the Ghan up to Darwin via Alice Springs
  • Explore Sydney then head to the Whitsundays or Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a week to explore Tasmania- perfect if you love stunning scenery or want to do some walking

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