15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  33​h
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Norfolk Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Meelup Beach and Hamelin Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mammoth Cave and Redgate Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at McHenry Hohnen Vintners, stroll through Surfers Point, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Margaret River is an approximately 33-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Stormflower Vineyard, Meelup Beach, Surfers Point
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lowlands Beach and Middleton Beach. Get some cultural insight at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cosy Corner Beach, stroll through Emu Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albany day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Cosy Corner Beach ©
Cosy Corner Beach

1
night
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 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the landmark architecture of Constitution Dock, and finally go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On your second day here, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Hobart takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Hobart is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Food Tours
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), take a stroll through Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook's Monument, then stroll through Point Ross, then steep yourself in history at The Barracks, and finally kick back and relax at Emily Bay. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Pitt.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Norfolk Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Norfolk Island takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Norfolk Island. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Norfolk Island are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

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

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