16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mole Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our St Helens driving holiday planner.

Sydney to St Helens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in St Helens at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Little Blue Lake
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Little Blue Lake ©
Little Blue Lake

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Freycinet National Park and East Coast Natureworld. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. It doesn't end there: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout and don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay holiday planner.

Getting from St Helens to Coles Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bicheno
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave, then Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, then identify plant and animal life at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Alum Cliffs.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mole Creek day trip site .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Mole Creek in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Alum Cliffs
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Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, explore the striking landscape at The Twelve Apostles, then explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Campbell road trip site .

You can drive from Mole Creek to Port Campbell in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

2
nights
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 24th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Australian By Design.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Raptor Domain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kelly Hill Caves. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, enjoy breathtaking views from Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Little Sahara, and head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

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
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Relax by the water at Aldinga Beach and Glenelg Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Granite Island and Glenelg Pier. Go for a jaunt from Adelaide to Cudlee Creek to see Gorge Wildlife Park about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glenelg, Granite Island, Cleland Wildlife Park, Aldinga Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park

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