18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly + bus:  31​h
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h
3
Clare
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 15​min
6
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
7
Port Macquarie
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Meelup Beach, do a tasting at Willespie, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River travel route planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Margaret River is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Willespie, Lake Cave, McLeod Creek Wines, Meelup Beach
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
McLeod Creek Wines ©
McLeod Creek Wines

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 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and finally kick back and relax at Nanarup Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Cosy Corner Beach, view the masterpieces at Torbay Glass Studio, then kick back and relax at Shelley Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lowlands Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Albany journey planner.

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 February, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Clare.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach, Shelley Beach
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach
Cosy Corner Beach ©
Cosy Corner Beach

1
night
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, view the masterpieces at Clare Valley Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Mitchell Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, then learn about winemaking at Crabtree Watervale Wines, and finally do a tasting at Sussex Squire Wines. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Burra Town Hall, learn about winemaking at Knappstein Enterprise Winery, learn about winemaking at Pikes Wines, then learn about winemaking at Paulett Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Jeanneret Wines.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Clare trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from Albany to Clare with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Paulett Wines, Burra Town Hall, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
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Paulett Wines ©
Paulett Wines
Pikes Wines ©
Pikes Wines
Mitchell Winery ©
Mitchell Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, and finally stroll through Opossum Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, explore the galleries of Wild Island Tasmania, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clare to Hobart. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Opossum Bay Beach
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Spiky Beach Conservation Area, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, then enjoy the sand and surf at Denison Beach, then do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and finally do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay online trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Spiky Beach Conservation Area
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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 21st (Thu): stroll through Point Ross, then delve into the distant past at The Salthouse, then kick back and relax at Emily Bay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Norfolk Island Museum, stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Guava, and finally don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Norfolk Island trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Norfolk Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Norfolk Time (NFT) is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery

1
day
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Norfolk Island in February: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum ©
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): wander the streets of The Rocks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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