17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  13​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Hanoi

3
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Coogee Beach and Camp Cove for some beach relaxation. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanoi to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cascade Brewery, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart online trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Hobart by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Hobart reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

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 28th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Trinity Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning app .

You can fly from Hobart to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hobart in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Willespie. Head to Moon Haven Natural Products and Mukau Giftware & Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamelin Bay, and stroll through Surfers Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Margaret River takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup, Meelup Beach, Surfers Point
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anvil Beach and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Relax by the water at Lowlands Beach and Nanarup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: South Coast WoodWorks Gallery (in Youngs Siding) and Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Misery Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Albany online trip builder .

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 January, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanarup Beach, Lowlands Beach, South Coast WoodWorks Gallery, Anvil Beach, Cheynes Beach
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

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