12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bruny Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Devonport
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Melbourne


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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planning website .

Melbourne to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Nature Parks
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tourville Lighthouse
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Seven Mile Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Opossum Bay Beach and Kingston Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Shene Tasmania (in Pontville) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, do a tasting at Moorilla Estate Winery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Berriedale, Seven Mile Beach, Kingston Beach, St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Opossum Bay Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

1
night
Bruny Island

Bruny Island ©
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Cape Bruny Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Bruny Island Premium Wines, and then stroll through Fluted Cape Trail.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bruny Island itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Bruny Island Premium Wines ©
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Cape Bruny Lighthouse ©
Cape Bruny Lighthouse

2
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, steep yourself in history at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Liffey Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Trevallyn. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franklin House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bruny Island to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. January in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Devonport.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longford, Liffey Falls
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Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

3
nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ghost Rock Tasmania and Don River Railway. Step out of the city life by going to Leven Canyon and Gunns Plains Caves. Explore Devonport's surroundings by going to The Working Art Space and Gallery (in Sheffield), Mole Creek (Mole Creek Caves & Marakoopa Cave) and Wings Wildlife Park (in Gunns Plains). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch, examine the collection at Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame, admire the sheer force of Preston Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Anzac Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Devonport road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Devonport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ulverstone, Mole Creek, Gunns Plains, Ghost Rock Tasmania, Turners Beach Berry Patch
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Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

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