14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Esperance
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Denmark
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Thistle Cove and then kick back and relax at Hellfire Bay. On the next day, hike along Rotary Lookout, kick back and relax at Blue Haven Beach, then stop by Mermaid Leather, and finally make a trip to Esperance Whale Tail.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Esperance sightseeing site .

Melbourne to Esperance is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Esperance. In January, daytime highs in Esperance are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Esperance

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven Beach
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

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 7th (Mon), do a tasting at Vasse Felix Winery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bunker Bay, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sugarloaf Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Surfers Point, then learn about winemaking at Brookwood Estate, then stop by Moon Haven Natural Products, and finally stop by Candy Cow.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Margaret River visit planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Esperance to Margaret River in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Nature, #Wineries

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Cape Naturaliste, Surfers Point
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Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Brookwood Estate ©
Brookwood Estate

2
nights
Denmark

Denmark ©
Denmark's population of over 2,700 people grows to several times that number during tourist season because of its natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Walpole-Nornalup Inlet, look for all kinds of wild species at Conspicuous Cliff, and then learn about winemaking at Moombaki Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Lowlands Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wilson Inlet.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denmark tour site .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Denmark takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Denmark can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Denmark

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Walpole, Lowlands Beach
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Wilson Inlet ©
Wilson Inlet
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum, then contemplate the long history of Princess Royal Fortress, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dog Rock, and finally don't miss a visit to Mt Melville Lookout. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Porongurup National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albany day trip planner .

You can drive from Denmark to Albany in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porongurup National Park
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Porongurup National Park ©
Porongurup National Park
Princess Royal Fortress ©
Princess Royal Fortress
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum ©
The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 13th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Little Sahara, then view the masterpieces at Shep's Studio, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Kangaroo Island Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): do a tasting at Bay of Shoals Winery, examine the collection at Hope Cottage, then view the masterpieces at Fine Art Kangaroo Island, and finally do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Albany to Kangaroo Island in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Museums, #Wineries, #Parks
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Hope Cottage ©
Hope Cottage
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
Bay of Shoals Winery ©
Bay of Shoals Winery

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and The Enchanted Adventure Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford) and Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Rod Laver Arena, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Lake Daylesford, Eastern Beach Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park, The Enchanted Adventure Garden
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford

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