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
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
3
Alice Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
7
Port Macquarie
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​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.
On the 2nd (Thu), Head underground at Lake Cave, then delve into the distant past at Hamelin Bay Jetty, then stroll through Hamelin Bay, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Head underground at Jewel Cave, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and finally learn about winemaking at McHenry Hohnen Vintners.

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

Bengaluru, India to Margaret River is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Margaret River. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay, Hamelin Bay Jetty
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

1
night
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 4th (Sat), examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Albany trip 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 May in Albany, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Nature Parks
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany Wind Farm ©
Albany Wind Farm

1
day
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 5th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Alice Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Albany to Alice Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Albany in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online trip maker .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife
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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Hobart by flight takes about 5.5 hours. May in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and finally don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
day
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and finally do a tasting at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Port Macquarie in 10 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Cairns by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Cairns hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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