30 days in Australia Itinerary

30 days in Australia Itinerary

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30 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Ballarat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Echuca
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Sale
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
St Marys
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nan Tien Temple and North Wollongong Beach. Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wollongong
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Shop till you drop at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: You and Bamboo (in Bogangar) and Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Greenmount Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

You and Bamboo, Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Belongil Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Victoria and Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

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Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Eastern Beach Reserve, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 16th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, then browse the exhibits of Art Gallery of Ballarat, and then explore the activities along Lake Wendouree. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Sovereign Hill, admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and then pick up some local products at Talbot Farmers’ Market.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ballarat tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Ballarat by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Echuca.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Talbot Farmers’ Market
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

1
night
Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca, go for a stroll along the water at Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, then stop by Glenda's Candle Scents, and finally examine the collection at The Great Aussie Beer Shed.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Echuca vacation planning website .

Drive from Ballarat to Echuca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sale.

Things to do in Echuca

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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The Great Aussie Beer Shed ©
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre ©
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca ©

3
nights
Sale

Sale ©
Sale is a city situated in the Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria. Shop till you drop at Dove and Lyre Exceptional Fossils And Crystals and Norm Neilson Fine Art Photography. Alberton Cemetery and Walhalla Tramline Walkway are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sale's surroundings by going to Lakes Entrance Beach (in Lakes Entrance), Woodside (Woodside Beach & Reeeves Beach) and Narkoojee Winery (in Glengarry). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Trafalgar Holden Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Pauls Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve, and contemplate the long history of Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Echuca to Sale takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Sale

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Walhalla, Lakes Entrance, Woodside, Trafalgar Holden Museum, Alberton Cemetery
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Reeeves Beach ©
Reeeves Beach
Alberton Cemetery ©
Alberton Cemetery
Trafalgar Holden Museum ©
Trafalgar Holden Museum

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, then browse the exhibits of Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then stop by Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, then enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse, and then take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanley trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sale to Stanley in 15.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sale in December since evenings lows in Stanley dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Cape Lighthouse, Boat Harbour Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Entally Estate and Woolmers Estate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella), Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Swinging Gate Vineyard (in Sidmouth). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Tasmanian Glassblowers.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston holiday planner .

You can drive from Stanley to Launceston in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to St Marys.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Swinging Gate Vineyard, Platypus House, Woolmers Estate, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Goaty Hill Wines
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

1
night
St Marys

St Marys ©
On the 28th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Eureka Farm, then see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then view the masterpieces at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St Marys attractions planner .

You can drive from Launceston to St Marys in 2 hours. December in St Marys sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in St Marys

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Eureka Farm
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery
Eureka Farm ©
Eureka Farm

4
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.
Head to Farm Gate Market and Aspect Designfor plenty of shopping. Visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Cascade Brewery for their historical value. Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Salamanca Arts Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planning site .

Traveling by car from St Marys to Hobart takes 3 hours. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Mona, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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