21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Mole Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
9
Darwin
— 1 night
End: Riga

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Visiting 13th Beach and Gunnamatta Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: McCrae Beach (in McCrae), Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (in Main Ridge) and Somers Beach (in Somers). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning site .

Riga, Latvia to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Riga to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Riga in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Gunnamatta Beach, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, 13th Beach, Somers Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach

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Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): kick back and relax at Coles Beach, identify plant and animal life at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Alum Cliffs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, then Head underground at Marakoopa Cave, and then hike along Westmorland Falls.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mole Creek day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Mole Creek with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Mole Creek hover around 28°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Alum Cliffs, Coles Beach
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Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Westmorland Falls ©
Westmorland Falls

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): browse for treasures at The Shop in the Bush, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mole Creek to St Helens takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Freycinet National Park. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno, approximately 32 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Spiky Beach Conservation Area
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Kingston Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Opossum Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Roches Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okines Beach, and finally stroll through Bellerive Beach. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart route builder website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Richmond Bridge, Roches Beach, Kingston Beach
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Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach
Kingston Beach ©
Kingston Beach
Bellerive Beach ©
Bellerive Beach

1
day
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get great views at Govetts Leap and then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Blue Mountains National Park day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Hobart to Blue Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Hobart in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Blue Mountains National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Govetts Leap
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, then hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, and finally stroll through Camp Cove.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway

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nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 26th (Sat), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Charter Yachts Australia, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

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Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 28th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park and then make a splash at Wave Lagoon. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Darwin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Darwin by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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