19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  25​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
6
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally snap pictures at Richmond Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hobart visit planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Hobart is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Hobart due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Richmond
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, then view the masterpieces at Kings Fine Art Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, then kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip maker .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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 13th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Tasmanian Glassblowers, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and finally stroll around City Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston road trip planning app .

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. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Platypus House
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, examine the collection at Roto House, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie day trip planning app .

You can fly from Launceston to Port Macquarie in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Port Macquarie. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

1
night
Cairns

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.
On the 17th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner .

Fly from Port Macquarie to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Port Macquarie in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
We've included these beaches for you: Little Beach and Cheynes Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Greens Pool and Cosy Corner Beach. Step out of Albany with an excursion to Anvil Beach in Denmark--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albany trip maker site .

You can fly from Cairns to Albany in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for little chillier days in Albany, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool

3
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tracie Anderson Ceramics and Water wheel. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hamelin Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave), Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Mammoth Cave and stop by Moon Haven Natural Products.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Boranup, Busselton, Moon Haven Natural Products
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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