17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Eaglehawk Neck
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Mosman
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: San Diego

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns planning site .

San Diego, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Diego to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the activities along Swan River, then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Fremantle Prison.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip maker website .

Fly from Cairns to Perth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Perth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art, then do a tasting at Moorilla Estate Winery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally make a trip to Handmark Galleries. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart tour planner.

You can fly from Perth to Hobart in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Hobart. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Hobart reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Eaglehawk Neck.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Berriedale, Macquarie Island
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

2
nights
Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck ©
On the 5th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park, trek along Waterfall Bay, and then appreciate the history behind Dog Line. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then trek along Three Capes Track.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Eaglehawk Neck online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Eaglehawk Neck are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Eaglehawk Neck

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park. Keep things going the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oysters, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay travel route site .

You can drive from Eaglehawk Neck to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Launceston sightseeing planning site .

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 January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House, stroll through Nielsen Park, then stroll through Taronga Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Parsley Bay Reserve, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Macquarie Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Mosman Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Chinamans Beach, then hike along Walking Trail To Chowder Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Launceston to Mosman in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mosman, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mosman

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Chinamans Beach ©
Chinamans Beach

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