12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  33​h
1
Margaret River
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 30​min
3
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and then cruise along Caves Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip site .

New York City, USA to Margaret River is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Margaret River is 13 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Boranup
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Caves Road ©
Caves Road
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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.
Visiting Greens Pool and Anvil Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little Beach and Betty's Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park), Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albany online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Anvil Beach ©
Anvil Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge and then explore and take pictures at Twelve Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell day trip planning website .

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Port Campbell due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart travel route builder app .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Richmond Bridge ©
Richmond Bridge
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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 1st (Tue), stroll through Coles Bay Jetty, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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 2nd (Wed): stroll through Clovelly, then kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Sydney takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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