12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Hobart
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart online tour itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Hobart is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Hobart due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip planning site .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Coles Bay Jetty
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 27th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island sightseeing app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Coles Bay to Kangaroo Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Mammoth Cave
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then explore the striking landscape of Cable Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally make a trip to Albany Wind Farm.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albany online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in December, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Albany

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Albany Wind Farm ©
Albany Wind Farm
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get curious at Questacon, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canberra trip maker .

You can fly from Albany to Canberra in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Canberra. Traveling from Albany in January, you will find days in Canberra are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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