19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai
Fly:  23​h
1
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Chiang Mai

1
night
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 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Port Macquarie is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chiang Mai to Port Macquarie is 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chiang Mai in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

North Brother Mountain
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Field of Light. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and National Anzac Centre. Get outdoors at Emu Point and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Step out of Albany with an excursion to Greens Pool in Denmark--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Little Beach, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Middleton Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Albany online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Albany to be a bit cooler, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mammoth Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Meelup Beach and Canal Rocks. Venture out of the city with trips to Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay and Head underground at Lake Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Margaret River vacation builder tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Yallingup, Meelup Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cascade Brewery and then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Hobart by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Hobart. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery

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