18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Esperance
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 15th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hobart journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hobart is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay online route planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 19th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, Head underground at Jewel Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally steep yourself in history at Hamelin Bay Jetty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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

Do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Margaret River in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Coles Bay to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Hamelin Bay Jetty
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Hamelin Bay Jetty ©
Hamelin Bay Jetty

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then kick back and relax at Greens Pool, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in Albany are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

3
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Le Grand National Park and Thistle Cove. You'll get in some beach time at Blue Haven Beach and Ten Mile Lagoon. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Salmon Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Esperance trip planner.

You can drive from Albany to Esperance in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Ten Mile Lagoon ©
Ten Mile Lagoon

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 26th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Getting from Esperance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Esperance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Esperance in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 96°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

2
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, expect nights in Cairns to be a bit warmer, around 72°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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