21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Fly:  35​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h
3
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
5
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Grand Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Sydney Fish Market, get interesting insight from Tours, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary builder .

Grand Rapids, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Pilot Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at North Brother Mountain, and finally learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally explore the world behind art at The Slim Dusty Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie road trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, North Brother Mountain, The Slim Dusty Centre, Pilot Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach

1
night
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 21st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Kings Fine Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friendly Beaches, then kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and finally kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coles Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Honeymoon Bay, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Seven Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a stroll through North Hobart, then take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and finally sample the fine beverages at Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Puddleduck Vineyard, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 25th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove, get outside with The Arch, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Ard Gorge, then stop by Hugs Across The Cosmos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Johanna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Campbell tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hugs Across The Cosmos, Johanna Beach, Childer's Cove
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Childer's Cove ©
Childer's Cove

2
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Cosy Corner Beach and Greens Pool. Torbay Glass Studio and Princess Royal Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: The Denmark Heritage Cider Company (in Scotsdale), Lowlands Beach (in Lowlands) and Denmark (Denmark RIverfront Gallery, Lights Beach, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Granite Skywalk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Albany online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Albany takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Campbell to Albany due to the time zone difference. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cosy Corner Beach, Granite Skywalk, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

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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 30th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, do a tasting at Vasse Felix Winery, kick back and relax at Injidup Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Sugarloaf Rock, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bunker Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Vasse Virgin, do a tasting at Voyager Estate, then kick back and relax at Surfers Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, and finally do a tasting at Providore.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River visit planner .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Injidup Beach, Vasse Felix Winery, Surfers Point, Providore
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunday Market Port Douglas and Michaelmas Cay. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Cairns takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Cairns is 2 hours. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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