20 days in Melbourne, Port Campbell & Tasmania Itinerary

20 days in Melbourne, Port Campbell & Tasmania Itinerary

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20 days in Melbourne, Port Campbell & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  9​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  14​h
3
Devonport
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: George Town, Penang Island


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1
night
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 The Great Ocean Road, Block Arcade and Queen Victoria Market. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Queen Victoria Market, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally don't miss a visit to Block Arcade. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route maker .

George Town, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from George Town to Melbourne. Traveling from George Town in August, expect Melbourne to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Gibsons Steps, Twelve Apostles
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Razorback, The Arch and Port Campbell Scenic Lookout. On the 1st (Sun), get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, make a trip to The Grotto, take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, then head outdoors with The Arch, then explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, and finally explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Campbell travel planner.

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Devonport.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

few
hours
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 3rd (Tue), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Emporium.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Devonport route planner .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Devonport in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September in Devonport, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Devonport

Shopping
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Antique Emporium ©
Antique Emporium

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): trek along Larmairremener tabelti.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Devonport to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Stanley.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, then make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and finally don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Stanley road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Stanley takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, admire the striking features of City of Launceston Town Hall, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seahorse World, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then stroll around City Park.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Launceston route maker site .

You can drive from Stanley to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seahorse World
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Pyengana Dairy, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally do a tasting at Priory Ridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the St Helens day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. September in St Helens sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Pyengana Dairy
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Pyengana Dairy ©
Pyengana Dairy

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.
On the 9th (Mon), walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park, and then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard. On the next day, let little ones run wild at Melshell Oyster Shack, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno Blowhole, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Three Capes Track and then contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fossil Bay Lookout
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul

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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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hobart online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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