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 night
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:  11​h 15​min
7
Norfolk Island
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay, then learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, then stroll through Cowaramup Bay, and finally learn about winemaking at Killerby.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip site .

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. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Tours

Side Trips

Boranup, Cowaramup Bay, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Redgate Wines, Surfers Point
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Little Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, then see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, and finally take some stellar pictures from Padre White Lookout.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albany trip 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. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can 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 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island journey planner.

Fly from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 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 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks
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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
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 6th (Mon): make a trip to Gibsons Steps, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to 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
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

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 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart road trip website .

Getting from Port Campbell to Hobart by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Hobart, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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 8th (Wed): get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, then 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 a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our 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 your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Freycinet
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook's Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel, then stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Emily Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Norfolk Island trip maker tool .

Getting from Coles Bay to Norfolk Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coles Bay to Norfolk Island. May in Norfolk Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Captain Cook's Monument ©
Captain Cook's Monument
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.
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip site .

Getting from Norfolk Island to Cairns by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk Island to Cairns. In May, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Norfolk Island - with highs of 32°C and lows of 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
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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