12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  28​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h
3
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Washington DC

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in April, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 84°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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 8th (Mon), do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then explore the ancient world of Hamelin Bay Jetty, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Hamelin Bay Jetty, McLeod Creek Wines
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Food Tours
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Constitution Dock, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Hobart in 12 hours. Traveling from Margaret River to Hobart, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Hobart are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

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
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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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 11th (Thu): take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, then stroll through Clovelly, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip site .

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emily Bay, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pitt. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Ross, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook's Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Norfolk Island trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Norfolk Island takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Norfolk Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in April since evenings lows in Norfolk Island dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel

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