16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  9​h
3
Bendigo
— 1 day
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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 20th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Jewel Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay, Head underground at Lake Cave, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Margaret River tour builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Margaret River is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay
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Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
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 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally catch a live performance at Albany Town Hall.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the 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. April in Albany sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Shopping Nightlife
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge

1
day
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Golden Dragon Museum, explore the world behind art at Bendigo Art Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Rosalind Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bendigo online day trip planner .

Getting from Albany to Bendigo by combination of flight and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Bendigo is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Bendigo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Golden Dragon Museum ©
Golden Dragon Museum
Rosalind Park ©
Rosalind Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Opossum Bay Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart journey planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Bendigo to Hobart in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In April in Hobart, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Opossum Bay Beach
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, then identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay road trip tool .

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Getting from Coles Bay to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
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 30th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of The Rocks and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, Sydney is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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