18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 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
— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip tool .

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 in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors 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.
On the 26th (Wed), go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, 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 27th (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary tool .

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 a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Hobart reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 28th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip maker .

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 warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can 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.
Head to Moon Haven Natural Products and Mukau Giftware & Galleryfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Meelup Beach and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Take a break from Margaret River with a short trip to Jewel Cave in Augusta, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Point, and do a tasting at Willespie.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Margaret River travel route builder 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. Traveling from Cairns to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup, Willespie, Meelup Beach
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

5
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.
Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Anvil Beach and Greens Pool. Get out of town with these interesting Albany side-trips: South Coast WoodWorks Gallery (in Youngs Siding), Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands) and Parry Beach (in Denmark). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cheynes Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Misery Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Albany visit planner.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Lowlands Beach, South Coast WoodWorks Gallery, Cheynes Beach, Nanarup Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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