32 days in Australia & Iceland Itinerary

32 days in Australia & Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  23 h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
2
Airlie Beach, Australia
— 1 night
+5
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  8 h 15 min
3
Noosa, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Hobart, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Coles Bay, Australia
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  10 h 45 min
7
Port Campbell, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 30 min
8
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
9
Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  32 h
11
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Portland, United States

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Port Douglas (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary app.

Portland, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 18 hours. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Portland - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach, Australia

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

Before you visit Noosa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Noosa by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

2
nights
Canberra, Australia

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Ainslie Lookout and National Museum of Australia. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, admire the natural beauty at National Arboretum Canberra, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Noosa to Canberra by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Royal Australian Mint ©
Royal Australian Mint

3
nights
Hobart, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and The Neck. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planning tool.

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Hobart hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Neck, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Coles Bay, Australia

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.
On the 10th (Sun), walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Bicheno
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

2
nights
Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah) and Little Aire Falls (in Beech Forest). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park, explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and make a trip to The Grotto.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Campbell itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, train, and bus from Coles Bay to Port Campbell takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Little Aire Falls
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Flinders Chase National Park and Kangaroo Island Spirits. see Off-Road Tours. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Off-Road Tours
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Albany, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Albany Waterfront Marina, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, kick back and relax at Little Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albany trip planning app.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1.5 hours. In January in Albany, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

2
nights
Margaret River, Australia

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jewel Cave
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aurora Reykjavik and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Kerið (in Selfoss) and Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Perlan, contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, wander the streets of Laugavegur, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Margaret River to Reykjavik takes 32 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 8 hours. January in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kerið, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Aurora Reykjavik ©
Aurora Reykjavik
Off-Road Tours

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