13 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. For shopping fun, head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Japanache. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Spas (in Caloundra) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and take a stroll through West End.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Spas, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Kondalilla Falls
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Visit The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Visiting Cronulla Beach Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, The Giant Stairway, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Cronulla Beach Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
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St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read St Helens trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to St Helens. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get little chillier in St Helens: highs are around 25°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area

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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 12th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coles Bay travel planner.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
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Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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nights
Hobart

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.
Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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