12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  14​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Jewel Cave, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River online road trip planner .

Bengaluru, India to Margaret River is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

2
nights
Albany

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.
On the 27th (Thu), kick back and relax at Misery Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, then see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Albany online travel planner .

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

few
hours
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Albany to Coles Bay in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Coles Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Trails
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Hobart day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

1
night
Canberra

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): engage your brain at Questacon, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Hobart to Canberra in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Hobart, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Bondi Beach, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney planner .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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