22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
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Perth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bremer Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Esperance
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h 15​min
6
Port Augusta
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
8
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Halls Gap
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
12
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Lovedale
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 45​min
15
Byron Bay
— 1 night
End: Byron Bay

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then explore the activities along Swan River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to St Patrick's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Perth. December in Perth sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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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 5th (Wed), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Perth to Margaret River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours
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Beer Tastings & Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, kick back and relax at Misery Beach, then kick back and relax at Little Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany road trip planning app .

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 December, daytime highs in Albany are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bremer Bay.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Misery Beach ©
Misery Beach
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ©
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

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Bremer Bay

Bremer Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Fitzgerald River National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bremer Bay itinerary planner .

Getting from Albany to Bremer Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Bremer Bay

Nature Parks
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Fitzgerald River National Park ©
Fitzgerald River National Park

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Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. On the 8th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lucky Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Esperance trip itinerary app .

Getting from Bremer Bay to Esperance by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Esperance, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Augusta.

Things to do in Esperance

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Esperance Stonehenge ©
Esperance Stonehenge

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Port Augusta

Port Augusta ©
A natural harbor established in 1852, Port Augusta houses one of the most popular tourist attractions of the area, the Wadlata Outback Center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Water Tower Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and then brush up on your military savvy at RSL Military Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Augusta online visit planner .

You can drive from Esperance to Port Augusta in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Esperance to Port Augusta is 1 hour. In December in Port Augusta, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Port Augusta

Parks Museums
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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden ©
Water Tower Lookout ©
Water Tower Lookout

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night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Adelaide road trip website .

Getting from Port Augusta to Adelaide by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get great views at Mariners Lookout, then delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest, and then trek along Great Ocean Walk.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Apollo Bay attractions planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Adelaide to Apollo Bay in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout

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Portland

Portland ©
Portland is a city in Victoria, Australia, and is the oldest European settlement in the state. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Cape Nelson lighthouse, immerse yourself in nature at Cape Nelson State Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified Forest and Blowholes.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Portland route planning tool .

Getting from Apollo Bay to Portland by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Petrified Forest and Blowholes
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Cape Nelson State Park ©
Cape Nelson State Park
Cape Nelson lighthouse ©
Cape Nelson lighthouse

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Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Halls Gap Zoo, then take some stellar pictures from Reed Lookout, and then trek along The Pinnacle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Halls Gap journey tool .

Getting from Portland to Halls Gap by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo
Reed Lookout ©
Reed Lookout

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Getting from Halls Gap to Melbourne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip tool .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Lovedale.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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Lovedale

Lovedale ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): meet the residents at Hunter Valley Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, then browse the exhibits of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Maitland Gaol.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lovedale online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Lovedale in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In December in Lovedale, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Lovedale

Historic Sites Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nulkaba, Maitland Gaol, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Lovedale to Byron Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Kayaking & Canoeing

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