Itinerary Advice... for Every Length of Trip
1 week in Australia: Keeping it short and sweet
Build your itinerary around one of Australia's gateway cities. You'll spend less time on the road and more time enjoying your surroundings.
Perth offers easy access to the world-class wines and award-winning beaches of the Margaret River Region. If white sands and rainbow corals are more your thing, venture along the coast to Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef.
Sydney and Melbourne have enough highlights to fill several days, but they're also surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Sydney is a stone's throw from the World Heritage Blue Mountains Region. From Melbourne, you can travel the Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal journey you'll never forget.
Fly into Adelaide and you're in foodie heaven - the Clare and Barossa valleys boast breathtaking scenery, heavenly local wines and delicious regional produce. Hop over to Kangaroo Island for an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Brisbane is the gateway to Queensland's laid-back seaside lifestyle. The glitzy Gold Coast, bohemian Noosa, and the southern Great Barrier Reef will win your heart for sure.
Sample One Week Itineraries:
2 weeks in Australia: Travel further with a Fly/Drive Itinerary
If you have two weeks to play with, you can venture further afield. Especially if you add some internal flights into your self-drive itinerary.
Internal flights between major Australian cities are:
- Budget-friendly - especially if you book well in advance
- Fast - swap the 8-hour Melbourne-to Sydney drive for a 1.5-hour flight.
- Convenient - you can pick up a rental car right from the airport.
With internal flights, Australia's remote attractions are within reach: Fly to Alice Springs to discover the Red Centre & Uluru, or journey to Darwin and explore the Top End.
Here are some suggested routes that fit into a 2 week Aussie Fly/Drive vacation:
Fly between Brisbane, Uluru and Sydney
Explore Queensland's beaches & coral reefs, then fly to the Red Centre to visit sacred Uluru (Ayers Rock). End your vacation in stylish Sydney, with the incredible Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your backdrop.
Fly between Perth, Melbourne and Sydney
Visit sun-drenched Perth, stylish Melbourne and grand old Sydney, with fun-filled day trips to Margaret River, Blue Mountains region & Great Ocean Road.
Fly North to South via the iconic Australian Outback
Immerse yourself in tropical Darwin, ancient Kakadu & Uluru, cosmopolitan Adelaide and Kangaroo Island's wilderness.
3 weeks in Australia: The open road
A 3-week Aussie holiday gives you the chance to try a classic road trip. Again, use internal flights to cover more ground - or simply enjoy a leisurely coastal self-drive vacation stopping wherever you fancy.
Sydney to Cairns - East Coast Australian beaches
Kayak in Byron Bay, swim with whales at Coffs Harbour and snorkel among the rainbow coral of the Great Barrier Reef.
Perth to Broome Road Trip
Explore Kalbarri's gorges, snorkel with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef, ride a camel along Broome's beaches and Australia’s marine life along the way.
3+ weeks in Australia: Spend more time (and spend less money)
If you have more than three weeks... lucky you!
Stray further from the tourist trail, discover remote locations, and spend several nights in each location you visit: you'll love Australia's amazing variety of places and personalities.
You also have time to add another country to your itinerary, such as Fiji or New Zealand. See our [Australia & New Zealand Combo Itineraries](https://www.firstlighttravel.com.au/australian-and-new-zealand-combination-self-drive-itineraries) for ideas.
Longer Stays: If budget is an issue...
For longer trips, your budget can majorly influence how long you can stay. Try these tips and cut down your day-to-day travel costs.
- Stay self-catering and cook instead of eating out every day
- Travel outside of peak periods (Christmas, school holidays)
- Invest in an Australian SIM card to save money on calls & data
- Circular self-drive routes are cheaper than point-to-point for car rental rates.
- Book flights and accommodation as early as possible
With a few small-budget tweaks you may find it possible to stay in Australia for longer or splash out a bucket-list Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!