18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Step off the beaten path and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On the 25th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier 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 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Richmond Bridge
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cheynes Beach and Lowlands Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Denmark (Greens Pool & Anvil Beach) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). There's still lots to do: stroll through Little Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Betty's Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Hobart to Albany in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. December in Albany sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach, Nanarup Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Meelup Beach and Hamelin Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Brown Hill Estate. Step out of Margaret River with an excursion to Jewel Cave in Augusta--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door, and kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Margaret River day trip site .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Heydon Estate, Meelup Beach, Brown Hill Estate
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Food Tours
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

3
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 Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip tool .

Getting from Margaret River to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Cairns is 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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