15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Esperance
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meelup Beach and Ngilgi Cave. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Redgate Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Jewel Cave in Augusta--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Margaret River trip itinerary tool .

San Francisco, USA to Margaret River is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 16 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Surfers Point, Meelup Beach
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cheynes Beach and Cosy Corner Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: Denmark (Anvil Beach & Greens Pool). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Albany route site .

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

4
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Esperance Stonehenge and Section Glass Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay, admire all the interesting features of Great Ocean Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ten Mile Lagoon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Esperance trip planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Esperance takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Esperance can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Esperance to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Esperance to Sydney. Traveling from Esperance in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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