18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  25​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: San Antonio

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.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take in the views from Richmond Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Battery Point.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary builder website .

San Antonio, USA to Hobart is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hobart when traveling from San Antonio in December, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions planner.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Albany.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 25th (Tue): make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

Plan my day in Albany using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Melbourne to Albany in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Albany is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Albany hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Nature Parks
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
Albany Wind Farm ©
Albany Wind Farm

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Cave and Food Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Busselton Jetty (in Busselton). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines and savor the flavors at McHenry Hohnen Vintners.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cape Grace Wines, Busselton Jetty, Lake Cave, Jewel Cave, McLeod Creek Wines
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Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Canberra by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Canberra is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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