17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
5
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Captain Cook's Monument, then stroll through Point Ross, then enjoy the sand and surf at Emily Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pitt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Norfolk Island trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Norfolk Island is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Manila to Norfolk Island due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Norfolk Island hover around 27°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Captain Cook's Monument ©
Captain Cook's Monument
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary app .

Fly from Norfolk Island to Hobart in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Norfolk Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hobart when traveling from Norfolk Island in December, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
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Food Tours
Richmond Bridge ©
Richmond Bridge
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

2
nights
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 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Coles Bay Jetty, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip maker app .

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 25th (Tue) early enough 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.
On the 26th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Coles Bay to Kangaroo Island in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Beach and Misery Beach. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Denmark (Singlefile Wines & Greens Pool) and Cheynes Beach (in Waychinicup National Park). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Betty's Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Albany online vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Singlefile Wines ©
Singlefile Wines
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

4
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 Meelup Beach and Mammoth Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave), Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay) and Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Redgate Wines, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and Head underground at Lake Cave.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River online day trip planner .

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Dunsborough, Wise Wine, Redgate Wines
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Food Tours

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