31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mount Field National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Stanley
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, take a stroll through North Hobart, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hobart itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hobart is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hobart, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Richmond
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then don't miss a visit to Mount Brown and Crescent Bay Walking Track, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave. On the next day, stroll through Three Capes Track, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, and finally take some stellar pictures from Fossil Bay Lookout.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip app .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mount Field National Park.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, 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
Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Tarn Shelf, explore and take pictures at Willow Creek Miniature Goats, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lawrenny Estate Distillery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Russell Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mount Field National Park trip builder website .

Getting from Port Arthur to Mount Field National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Mount Field National Park

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Lawrenny Estate Distillery, Willow Creek Miniature Goats
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Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Tarn Shelf ©
Tarn Shelf
Willow Creek Miniature Goats ©
Willow Creek Miniature Goats

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle, and then take a peaceful walk through Westmorland Falls. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Mount Field National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to St Helens.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Westmorland Falls, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
On the 8th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then see human ingenuity at work at Mt Paris Dam, and finally steep yourself in history at Chinese Heritage Mining Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Mathinna Falls, see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then take in the exciting artwork at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens trip planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to St Helens by car takes about 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in St Helens are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St Marys, Branxholm, Mathinna Falls, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Freycinet National Park. Go for a jaunt from Coles Bay to Bicheno to see East Coast Natureworld about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and explore the galleries of Kings Fine Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Tamar Valley and Seahorse World. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at The Pinot Shop, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and admire the landmark architecture of City of Launceston Town Hall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Launceston online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Wine Tours & Tastings
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 16th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, then stop by The Angel's Share, and finally make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach, then make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, and then explore the galleries of Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Stanley trip planning tool .

Getting from Launceston to Stanley by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Stanley can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Harbour Beach
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Healesville Sanctuary. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Jodee Creations (in Mount Evelyn) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Yarra River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Stanley to Melbourne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Stanley in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Jodee Creations, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Walking tours
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kiama Blowhole and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Giant Stairway) and Bald Hill Lookout (in Stanwell Tops). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Govetts Leap, browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and stop by Bridget Kennedy Project Space.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Henry Head Walking Track, Nan Tien Temple, Bridget Kennedy Project Space, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

5
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Suncorp Stadium. Venture out of the city with trips to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). Spend the 28th (Sun) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane tour planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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