24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + shuttle:  27​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Austin


1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and then browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

Austin, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Port Douglas is 16 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Austin in February: highs in Port Douglas hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

1
night
Airlie Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Somers Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 13th Beach and McCrae Beach. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

Find out how to plan Melbourne trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

13th Beach, McCrae Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Somers Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Take a break from the city and head to Raptor Domain and Flinders Chase National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seal Bay Conservation Park and Admirals Arch. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Loira Vines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Platypus House. Venture out of the city with trips to Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Westmorland Falls (in Mole Creek). And it doesn't end there: stroll through City Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Launceston in 5.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Platypus House, Holm Oak Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Loira Vines
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Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Platypus House ©
Platypus House
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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.
Get some cultural insight at Craigie Knowe Vineyard and Spring Vale Wines. We've included these beaches for you: Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Wineglass Bay Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coles Bay: Bicheno (East Coast Natureworld & Denison Beach) and Raspins Beach (in Orford). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cranbrook, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Opossum Bay Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Macquarie Island, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Hobart driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Opossum Bay Beach, Macquarie Island, Bellerive Beach, Kingston Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, choose your vessel at Smart Cruiser Sydney, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder app .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in March, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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