28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  23​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then stop by Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Mona, then kick back and relax at Bellerive Beach, and then head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Hobart tour app .

Calgary, Canada to Hobart is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Calgary to Hobart. In December, Hobart is warmer than Calgary - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island, Museum of Old and New Art
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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.
On the 15th (Sat), make a trip to Remarkable Cave, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then hike along Three Capes Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Arthur trip planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head off the coast to Maria Island National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Orford route builder .

Drive from Port Arthur to Orford in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, stroll through Friendly Beaches, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Orford to Coles Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Gala Estate Vineyard
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Gala Estate Vineyard ©
Gala Estate Vineyard

1
night
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 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then stroll through City Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Launceston day trip site .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Launceston sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker site .

Fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Launceston in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & HMAS Brisbane). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, and view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Noosa online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Mooloolaba, Kings Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get interesting insight from Tours, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Noosa to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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