23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  32​h
1
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
9
Albany
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

1
night
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery, explore the activities along Cemetery Bay, then kick back and relax at Emily Bay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pitt, explore the activities along Cresswell Bay, then pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook's Monument, and finally kick back and relax at Point Ross.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Norfolk Island online trip builder .

London, UK to Norfolk Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Norfolk Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Norfolk Island hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel

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 11th (Wed): stroll through Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then head outdoors with Centre of Gravity Indoor Adventure Centre, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Norfolk Island to Port Macquarie takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Norfolk Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Port Macquarie are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia, then admire the natural beauty at National Arboretum Canberra, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. On your second day here, examine the collection at Old Parliament House, then get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in March, you will find days in Canberra are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
National Arboretum Canberra ©
National Arboretum Canberra

1
night
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 15th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, 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.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Canberra in March: highs in Hobart hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
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Food Tours
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Coles Bay Jetty, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, then enjoy the sand and surf at Denison Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay vacation maker website .

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Nature
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and finally make a trip to Gibsons Steps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell road trip site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, train, and bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Port Campbell takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, and then explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island visit planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anvil Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Greens Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Rotary Lookout Albany, then see the interesting displays at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and finally make a trip to Albany Wind Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Albany visit planning tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Albany are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Denmark
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany Wind Farm ©
Albany Wind Farm

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meelup Beach and Canal Rocks. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hamelin Bay, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River travel planning 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 up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Boranup, Meelup Beach
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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