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 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Port Campbell
— 1 day
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
5
Hobart
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
8
Norfolk Island
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, then delve into the distant past at Hamelin Bay Jetty, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip itinerary planner.

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Cave, Hamelin Bay Jetty
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Food Tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, then stroll through Middleton Beach, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally get great views at Padre White Lookout.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Albany trip planner.

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

1
day
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Kangaroo Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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

1
day
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Gibsons Steps, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at London Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Campbell route builder website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

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.
On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hobart travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip planning site .

Drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Freycinet
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Beaches Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, contemplate the long history of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Emily Bay, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Norfolk Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Norfolk Island takes 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Norfolk Island is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Norfolk Island when traveling from Sydney in May, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

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

2
nights
Cairns

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. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online visit planner .

You can fly from Norfolk Island to Cairns in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Norfolk Time (NFT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Norfolk Island in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Spas

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