24 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

24 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

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24 days in Melbourne, Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). Dedicate the 27th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planning website .

Hamburg, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Melbourne is 9 hours. While traveling from Hamburg, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Arthur: Eaglehawk Neck (Waterfall Bay & Fossil Bay Lookout).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Port Arthur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Port Arthur to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

4
nights
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.
Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. On the 3rd (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hobart travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Bridge, Macquarie Island
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Food Tours
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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