18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  28​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Swansea
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
3
Launceston
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Devonport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Smithton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Strathgordon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Bruny Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planning site .

New York City, USA to Hobart is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) is 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: highs in Hobart hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Swansea.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Swansea

Swansea
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): snap pictures at Spiky Bridge, then let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oysters, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Waubs Bay Gallery and then take an in-depth tour of East Coast Heritage Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Swansea trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Hobart to Swansea in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Swansea

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Waubs Bay Gallery
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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.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Franklin House and then steep yourself in history at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Swansea to Launceston takes 2 hours. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Devonport.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

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nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
On the 2nd (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Mersey Bluff Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at George Town Watch House, take in the exciting artwork at Tamar Valley Art Shack, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Narawntapu National Park, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Devonport journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Devonport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Devonport are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Smithton.

Things to do in Devonport

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Latrobe, George Town Watch House, Tamar Valley Art Shack, Narawntapu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate ©
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse ©
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
Narawntapu National Park ©
Narawntapu National Park

2
nights
Smithton

Smithton ©
Smithton is a town on the far north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tarkine Forest Adventure. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Tarkine Forest Adventure, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then take some stellar pictures from Trethewies Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Dip River Forest Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Rocky Cape Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Smithton trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Devonport to Smithton takes 2 hours. December in Smithton sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Smithton

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stanley, Dip River Forest Reserve, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Trethewies Lookout ©
Trethewies Lookout

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 6th (Thu), trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Larmairremener tabelti and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barn Bluff.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Smithton to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Eric Thomas Galley Museum and then admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, then get outside with Henty Dunes, then stop by Wilderness Woodworks, and finally see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Strahan road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. On the 10th (Mon), you're off toStrathgordon.

Things to do in Strahan

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Eric Thomas Galley Museum, West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
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West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill
Henty Dunes ©
Henty Dunes

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Strathgordon

Strathgordon ©
On the 10th (Mon), see human ingenuity at work at Serpentine Dam, then see human ingenuity at work at Gordon Dam, and then trek along Creepy Crawly Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strathgordon travel planner .

Traveling by car from Strahan to Strathgordon takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Strathgordon

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Serpentine Dam ©
Serpentine Dam
Gordon Dam ©
Gordon Dam

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nights
Bruny Island

Bruny Island ©
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Bruny National Park and The Neck. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bruny Island Premium Wines and Bruny Island History Room.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bruny Island trip simple and quick.

Drive from Strathgordon to Bruny Island in 4.5 hours. December in Bruny Island sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hobart.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
South Bruny National Park ©
South Bruny National Park
The Neck ©
The Neck
Cape Bruny Lighthouse ©
Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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night
Hobart

Hobart
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Battery Point, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lark Distillery, then do a tasting at Pooley Wines, and finally admire the striking features of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bruny Island to Hobart takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Parks
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