19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: San Antonio

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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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip planner .

San Antonio, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Antonio to Sydney, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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 22nd (Sat), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

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Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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nights
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 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally contemplate the long history of Battery Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in December, you will find days in Hobart are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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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 26th (Wed): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing tool .

Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre and then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, do a tasting at Rising Star Winery, then don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and finally pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Albany in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Albany. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Albany to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Denmark
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Tassell Park Wines, then get a taste of the local shopping with Margaret River Chocolate Company, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Busselton Jetty. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Jewel Cave, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Augusta, Tassell Park Wines, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Busselton Jetty
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

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nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Cairns in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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