12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Denham
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Kalbarri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Geraldton
— 1 night
4
Perth
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
New Norcia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Hyden
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Melbourne

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Denham

Denham ©
Denham is the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay, Western Australia. To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denham online holiday builder .

Melbourne to Denham is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Denham

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Little Lagoon ©
Little Lagoon

1
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Kalbarri

Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rainbow Jungle, take some stellar pictures from Red Bluff, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalbarri road trip tool .

Drive from Denham to Kalbarri in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geraldton.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Rainbow Jungle ©
Rainbow Jungle
Red Bluff ©
Red Bluff

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night
Geraldton

Geraldton ©
Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424km north of Perth.At June 2015 Geraldton had an estimated urban population of 39,825. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step aboard HMAS Sydney II Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Geraldton, then kick back and relax at Back Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Geraldton trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kalbarri to Geraldton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Geraldton

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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HMAS Sydney II Memorial ©
HMAS Sydney II Memorial
Museum of Geraldton ©
Museum of Geraldton
Back Beach ©
Back Beach

3
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
When in Perth, make a side trip to see Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, approximately 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 25th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, stroll through Cottesloe Beach, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Geraldton to Perth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Perth are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Norcia.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
New Norcia

New Norcia
New Norcia is a town in Western Australia, 132km north of Perth, along the Great Northern Highway. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Monastery and then explore the world behind art at New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New Norcia trip tool .

Traveling by car from Perth to New Norcia takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hyden.

Things to do in New Norcia

Museums
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Hyden

Hyden ©
The town of Hyden is located 292 km east-southeast of Perth, Western Australia in the Shire of Kondinin. On the 27th (Sun), delve into the mystery of Lake Magic, explore the striking landscape at Hippo's Yawn, then explore the striking landscape at Wave Rock, and finally appreciate the history behind Scrap Iron Sculptures.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyden day trip planning tool .

You can drive from New Norcia to Hyden in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Hyden

Nature Parks
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Wave Rock ©
Wave Rock
Hippo's Yawn ©
Hippo's Yawn
Lake Magic ©
Lake Magic

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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.
On the 28th (Mon), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Busselton Jetty and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hyden to Margaret River by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours

Side Trip

Busselton Jetty
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty
Food Tours

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then get great views at Rotary Lookout Albany, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Albany trip app .

Getting from Margaret River to Albany by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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