23 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

23 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

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23 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Dusseldorf

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Wendouree and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee), Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, admire the masterpieces at Victorian Artists' Society, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Anglican Church.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in March, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Werribee Open Range Zoo, St Augustine's Church, Eastern Beach Reserve, Catani Gardens
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Visiting Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Platypus House will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Mole Creek Caves (in Mole Creek). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston visit website .

Fly from Melbourne to Launceston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, Launceston is slightly colder than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Platypus House, Holm Oak Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:
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Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Halls Falls, and then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then take in the exciting artwork at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our St Helens day trip planner.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Halls Falls, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Freycinet National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Gala Estate Vineyard. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cranbrook, Coles Bay Jetty, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Let the collections at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Richmond Gaol capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Constitution Dock. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park). Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Seven Mile Beach, Russell Falls, Richmond Gaol
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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