8 days in Western Australia Itinerary

8 days in Western Australia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Perth
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Albany
— 2 nights
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Perth — 3 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Travel Western Australia has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Perth to Fremantle to see Fremantle Prison about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, and snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Perth vacation planner.

Sydney to Perth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect nights in Perth to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.
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Margaret River — 2 nights

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 22nd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Tracie Anderson Ceramics, get a new perspective on things with Busselton Jetty, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then admire the natural beauty at Margaret River Organic Garden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meelup Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River visit site.

Drive from Perth to Margaret River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Albany.
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Albany — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Harewood Forest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Albany trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Albany are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Western Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Geologic Formations
Western Australia's almost 12,000 km (7,450 mi) of coastline is broken up only by oasis-like towns and cities. Most of the state, however, is an arid region of mostly uninhabited, infertile land with an untamed physical aesthetic. The harsh climate cultivates a laid-back lifestyle centered on the coast’s shaded enclaves and picturesque beaches. Australia’s largest state, with an area of 2.65 million sq km (1 million sq mi), Western Australia contains over a third of the country’s landmass but just 11 percent of its population.
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