12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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 21st (Sat): do a tasting at McHenry Hohnen Vintners, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then kick back and relax at Meelup Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planning tool .

Mumbai, India to Margaret River is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Mumbai to Margaret River, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Meelup Beach, Jewel Cave, Lake Cave
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Food Tours

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Greens Pool and Middleton Beach will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to The Gap and Natural Bridge and Lowlands Beach. Go for a jaunt from Albany to Waychinicup National Park to see Cheynes Beach about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Little Beach, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and kick back and relax at Cosy Corner Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albany route 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. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Greens Pool, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

1
night
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 26th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally listen to music at Sydney Opera House. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The Rocks, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Albany to Sydney in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Sydney is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Albany in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour planner .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns route planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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