16 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

16 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

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16 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Gold Coast Region Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  8​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ocean Road Tours. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online tour planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Melbourne is 2 hours. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be cooler, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Food Tours

1
day
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track, and finally don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Port Arthur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Arthur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trip

Tessellated Pavement
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the views from Richmond Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart planning website .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Food Tours
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb and then identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay tour planning website .

Drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Bicheno
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
On the 31st (Tue), walk around City Park, take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seahorse World, then get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Launceston holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. December in Launceston sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Launceston to Gold Coast in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Launceston in January, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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