17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ancona
Fly + bus:  33​h
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Ancona

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Payet Gallery, then Head underground at Lake Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip planner .

Ancona, Italy to Margaret River is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Food Tours
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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.
On the 27th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Greens Pool, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally get great views at Convoy Lookout. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, then see the interesting displays at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then get great views at Rotary Lookout Albany, and finally kick back and relax at Little Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albany trip planner .

You can 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 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

Discover how to plan a Port Campbell trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Albany to Port Campbell in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

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.
On the 31st (Mon), snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hobart travel route builder website .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Food Tours
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Mt Amos Climb, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, then stroll through Bondi Beach, and finally trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
On the 5th (Sat), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Helicopter Tours
Uluru ©
Uluru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

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