18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  18​h
1
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bicheno
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
+4
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  11​h 30​min
6
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step off the beaten path and head to Raptor Domain and Remarkable Rocks. Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Admirals Arch. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Kelly Hill Caves, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Kangaroo Island is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Remarkable Rocks ©
Remarkable Rocks
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves

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 14th (Sat), hike along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then examine the collection at Roto House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Googik heritage Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Macquarie takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Port Macquarie, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

2
nights
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 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Constitution Dock, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart road trip app .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Hobart in 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, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Hobart. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bicheno.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Bicheno

Bicheno ©
Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, then get interesting insight from Tours, then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, and finally learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bicheno trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Bicheno in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bicheno to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
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 Twelve Apostles, then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and then admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, then don't miss a visit to The Grotto, and then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Campbell tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Port Campbell by combination of car, flight, train, and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Estuary Beach, Head underground at Cave Gardens, then walk around Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, then explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mount Gambier online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Campbell to Mount Gambier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Mount Gambier sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, Estuary Beach
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Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens
The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake

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 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then take a peaceful walk through Harewood Forest, then kick back and relax at Greens Pool, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, kick back and relax at Little Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albany trip maker tool .

Fly from Mount Gambier to Albany in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Mount Gambier to Albany is minus 1 hour. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Denmark
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Hamelin Bay Jetty, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Meelup Beach, Head underground at Ngilgi Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Canal Rocks, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Margaret River road trip planning site .

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach, Hamelin Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Canal Rocks ©
Canal Rocks
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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