26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Berriedale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
6
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Montreal

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.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St, and take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Melbourne to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Larmairremener tabelti and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

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 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, then steep yourself in history at Entally Estate, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and finally stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston online holiday planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Berriedale.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

2
nights
Berriedale

Berriedale ©
Berriedale is a suburb in the northern suburbs of Hobart, capital of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Mona, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Berriedale online itinerary planner .

Getting from Launceston to Berriedale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Berriedale can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Berriedale

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hobart, Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur day trip planner.

You can drive from Berriedale to Port Arthur in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and The National Pass. Step out of the city life by going to Wentworth Falls and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. And it doesn't end there: stop by The Nook, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Katoomba tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Port Arthur to Katoomba in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Port Arthur in December, with highs in Katoomba at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Rick Rutherford's Country
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

6
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Opal Mindedfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney online trip builder .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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