12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
Fly + bus:  16​h 15​min
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell
— 1 day
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Hobart
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Guangzhou

1
night
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 19th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Vasse Virgin, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, then Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip builder tool .

Guangzhou, China to Margaret River is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta
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Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Rotary Lookout Albany, see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Misery Beach, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally make a trip to Albany Wind Farm. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cosy Corner Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, and then stroll through Cheynes Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albany tour planner.

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
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The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

1
day
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Campbell trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Albany to Port Campbell takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Port Campbell is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Mon), make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coles Bay Jetty, and finally trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip planning site .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno Blowhole, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra attractions planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Canberra by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. In March, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Questacon ©
Questacon
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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