17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Ottawa

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Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing site .

Ottawa, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Ottawa to Melbourne. Traveling from Ottawa in February, things will get much warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off toHobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Raoul, Battery Point Sculpture Trail, Mount Wellington, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hobart using our trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Cape Raoul
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:
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St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Friendly Beaches as well as Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Friendly Beaches.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner .

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Freycinet
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Low Head Penguin Tours, The Low Head Lighthouse and Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at The Low Head Lighthouse and then identify plant and animal life at Low Head Penguin Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Launceston day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Strahan.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Low Head, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Low Head Penguin Tours ©
Low Head Penguin Tours
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

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Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gordon River Cruises, Devils @ Cradle and Cradle Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Strahan trip builder tool .

Drive from Launceston to Strahan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Gordon River Cruises ©
Gordon River Cruises

1
night
Hobart

Hobart
For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart planner .

You can drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Melbourne on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Melbourne Zoo, Degraves Street, Royal Botanic Gardens, and other attractions. See some other sides of Melbourne: see the interesting displays at Federation Square.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in February: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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