12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Berriedale
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Cowes
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at James Boag Brewery Experience, then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and finally learn about winemaking at The Pinot Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston travel website .

Hong Kong, China to Launceston is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Launceston. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Launceston, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berriedale.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Breweries
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
The Pinot Shop ©
The Pinot Shop

1
night
Berriedale

Berriedale ©
Berriedale is a suburb in the northern suburbs of Hobart, capital of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berriedale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Berriedale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Berriedale

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Gaol, Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Berriedale to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Berriedale, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, then explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and finally take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Campbell planning site .

Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Cowes Beach and Ventnor Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, kick back and relax at Red Rock Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Pyramid Rock.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes route planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Cowes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Cowes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Newhaven
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Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

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