17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
You've now added Opera Australia to your itinerary. On the 20th (Thu), see the grandeur of opera at Opera Australia, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, and finally stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, then kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and finally explore the activities along Watson's Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney journey planner.

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
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Watsons Bay ©
Watsons Bay
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, and then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay sightseeing planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Coles Bay in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island journey builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Coles Bay to Kangaroo Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at National Rhododendron Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frankston Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Domaine Chandon Winery, then steep yourself in history at William Ricketts Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Werribee River Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

National Rhododendron Gardens, Domaine Chandon Winery, Frankston Beach, Werribee River Park, William Ricketts Sanctuary
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Werribee River Park ©
Werribee River Park
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 29th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rockingham Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at South Beach Recreation Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at City Beach, and then get great views at Fraser Avenue Lookout.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rockingham Beach, City Beach, South Beach Recreation Reserve
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
City Beach ©
City Beach
South Beach Recreation Reserve ©
South Beach Recreation Reserve

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bunker Bay and Brookwood Estate. Step out of Margaret River to go to Cape Naturaliste and see Sugarloaf Rock, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Gnarabup Beach, learn about winemaking at Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, get your game on at Amaze'n Margaret River, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Perth to Margaret River in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Dunsborough, Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, Surfers Point
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Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock

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