26 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

26 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

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26 days in Greater Melbourne, Greater Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
St Kilda
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Mosman
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Montreal

3
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Get in touch with nature at St. Kilda Beach and Elwood Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Chelsea Beach and Brighton Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Kilda: Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), Melbourne Cable Park (in Bangholme) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Scienceworks, take in the exciting artwork at Niagara Galleries, admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Catani Gardens.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St Kilda road trip planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to St Kilda is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Montreal in December: high temperatures in St Kilda hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dandenong, Niagara Galleries, Brighton Beach, Rippon Lea Estate, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

4
nights
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Get in touch with nature at Shelly Beach and Bronte Beach. Relax by the water at Shelly Beach RockPool and Congwong Beach. Explore Mosman's surroundings by going to Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Taronga Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park, and steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mosman attractions app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from St Kilda to Mosman takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mosman when traveling from St Kilda in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Mosman

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Congwong Beach, Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach RockPool, Avalon Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Cataract Gorge Reserve and The Tamar Valley. Woolmers Estate and The Low Head Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Bridport Walking Track (in Bridport) and Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Entally Estate, don't miss a visit to The Town Clock, admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, and stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Launceston vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mosman to Launceston in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Launceston is slightly colder than Mosman - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauty Point, The Low Head Lighthouse, Woolmers Estate, Bridport Walking Track
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Bridport Walking Track ©
Bridport Walking Track

3
nights
Coles Bay

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 Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. We've included these beaches for you: Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Port Arthur Historic Site and Coal Mines Historic Site. Visiting Three Capes Track and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Arthur: Eaglehawk Neck (Waterfall Bay & Tasman Arch).

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Taranna, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

6
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.
Relax by the water at Long Beach and Bellerive Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Maria Island National Park. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to St John the Baptist Chuch in Buckland--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mona, savor the flavors at The Wicked Cheese Co., look for all kinds of wild species at Franklin River Nature Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmania, Bellerive Beach, Museum of Old and New Art, Cooks Beach, The Wicked Cheese Co.
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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