17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Albany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Margaret River
— 4 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Gold Coast
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Sydney

The Harbour City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and ATTY Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, stop by Darling Harbour, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
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Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Take a break from the city and head to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Raptor Domain. Step off the beaten path and head to Flinders Chase National Park and Admirals Arch. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

2
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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 (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, then see the interesting displays at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Albany travel planning tool.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany is minus 1.5 hours. December in Albany sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

4
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.
Relax by the water at Hamelin Bay and Gnarabup Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Yallingup Beach), Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Caves Road and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

3
nights
Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Do your shopping at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Cape Byron Walking Track about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Gold Coast in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Gold Coast is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.