22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Red Deer
Fly:  31​h
1
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Esperance
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 45​min
7
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + train:  9​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Red Deer

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.
On the 5th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, hike along Coastal walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Red Deer, Canada to Port Macquarie is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Red Deer to Port Macquarie due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Red Deer in December; daily highs in Port Macquarie reach 26°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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 7th (Sat): get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Hobart takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hobart, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

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

Fly from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, Head underground at Jewel Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Water wheel. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, look for gifts at Gabriel Chocolate, then kick back and relax at Meelup Beach, and finally do a tasting at Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River takes 12 hours. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Meelup Beach, Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar, Gabriel Chocolate
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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 (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then view the masterpieces at Blush Retail Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cosy Corner Beach, stroll through Lowlands Beach, and then kick back and relax at Little Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albany route planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cosy Corner Beach, Lowlands Beach
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Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

4
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twilight Bay and Lucky Bay. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cape Le Grand National Park and Blue Haven Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Thistle Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Beach, look for gifts at Mermaid Leather, and cruise along Great Ocean Drive.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Esperance trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Albany to Esperance by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Esperance are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as London Bridge and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Take a break from the city and head to Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps. Step out of Port Campbell to go to Lavers Hill and see Hugs Across The Cosmos, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell day trip planning website .

Getting from Esperance to Port Campbell by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Esperance to Port Campbell, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hugs Across The Cosmos, Twelve Apostles, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

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.
Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Port Campbell to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) 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
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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