22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Mandurah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Esperance
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  14​h
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + bus:  15​h
6
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Mandurah

Mandurah is a coastal city in Western Australia, situated approximately 72km south of the state capital, Perth. Get outdoors at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Scarborough Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Warnbro Beach and Cottesloe Beach. When in Mandurah, make a side trip to see Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Mandurah Cruises.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mandurah road trip planning tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Mandurah is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Mandurah, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Mandurah hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Mandurah

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Warnbro Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises

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.
Visiting Surfers Point and Gnarabup Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Hamelin Bay and Cowaramup Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mandurah to Margaret River takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Boranup, Ngilgi Cave, Cowaramup Bay, Surfers Point, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lowlands Beach and Nanarup Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cheynes Beach and Greens Pool. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Denmark (Anvil Beach & Shelley Beach) and Cosy Corner Beach (in Kronkup). There's still lots to do: stroll through Betty's Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albany attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Lowlands Beach, Nanarup Beach, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Shelley Beach ©
Shelley Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thistle Cove and Blue Haven Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Twilight Bay and Salmon Beach. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Le Grand National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hellfire Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ten Mile Lagoon, and take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Drive.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Esperance travel route builder site .

Getting from Albany to Esperance by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. December in Esperance sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Blue Haven Beach ©
Blue Haven Beach

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Johanna Beach and London Bridge. Escape the urban bustle at Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard Gorge. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Razorback and get great views at Twelve Apostles.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Esperance to Port Campbell in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Johanna Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Razorback ©
The Razorback

3
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Get in touch with nature at Hyams Beach and Bendalong Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blenheim Beach and Callala Beach. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenfield Beach and stroll through Murrays Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Port Campbell to Jervis Bay in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bendalong Beach, Callala Beach, Seven Mile Beach National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach
Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

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