15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  10​h
6
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to London Bridge and Gibsons Steps. Take a break from the city and head to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and Port Campbell National Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and get great views at Twelve Apostles.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Campbell road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Twelve Apostles
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures ©
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

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.
Let the collections at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and Blush Retail Gallery capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cheynes Beach and Lowlands Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Middleton Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, kick back and relax at Little Beach, and see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albany day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Albany takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Port Campbell to Albany, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes 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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Meelup Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Hamelin Bay and Surfers Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Margaret River holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Boranup, Meelup Beach, Jewel Cave, Surfers Point
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary website .

Getting from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bendalong Beach, then stroll through Callala Beach, and then kick back and relax at Collingwood Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Murrays Beach, then kick back and relax at Hyams Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blenheim Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jervis Bay route builder tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Jervis Bay by combination of flight and train takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. January in Jervis Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

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