39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Beauty Point
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Geeveston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Perth
— 7 nights
End: Perth

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Beach and Seven Mile Beach. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Werri Beach (in Gerringong). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Terrigal Beach, Werri Beach, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Bells Beach. Get in touch with nature at Gunnamatta Beach and Somers Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat), Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford) and The Enchanted Adventure Garden (in Arthurs Seat). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torquay, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Gunnamatta Beach ©
Gunnamatta Beach

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 7th (Mon), make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, then make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, then contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Stanley trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Stanley by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Stanley at 28°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair, and then stroll through Larmairremener tabelti. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Overland Track.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Beauty Point.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

1
night
Beauty Point

Beauty Point ©
Beauty Point is a town by the Tamar River, in the north-east of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the views from Batman Bridge, do a tasting at Moores Hill Estate, look for gifts at Goaty Hill Wines, learn about winemaking at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mt George Lookout.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beauty Point trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Beauty Point in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Beauty Point can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Beauty Point

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Sidmouth, Rowella, Goaty Hill Wines, Mt George Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Holm Oak Vineyards ©
Holm Oak Vineyards
Iron Pot Bay Vineyard ©
Iron Pot Bay Vineyard
Moores Hill Estate ©
Moores Hill Estate

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then relax in the rural setting at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Falls Reserve, and finally grab your bike and head to Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then tee off at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Beauty Point to St Helens takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Pyengana, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails ©
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Visit Friendly Beaches and Coles Bay Jetty for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook), Swansea (Spiky Bridge & Melshell Oysters) and Tasmanian Wool Centre. (in Ross). Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, and stroll through Honeymoon Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip site .

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Swansea, Freycinet, Tasmanian Wool Centre.
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seven Mile Beach and Kingston Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Franklin River Nature Trail. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Maria Island National Park, explore the activities along Sandy Bay, do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard, and take a stroll through Sullivans Cove.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hobart road trip tool .

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Geeveston.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmania, Bellerive Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Puddleduck Vineyard, Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Kingston Beach ©
Kingston Beach

1
night
Geeveston

Geeveston ©
A small town known as Australia's southernmost administrative center, Geeveston serves as the gateway to Hartz Mountains National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Arve Falls, stroll through Tahune Forest AirWalk, then learn about winemaking at Hartzview Vineyard, and finally look for gifts at Cygneture Chocolates.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geeveston itinerary website .

Getting from Hobart to Geeveston by car takes about an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Geeveston can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Geeveston

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hartzview Vineyard, Cygneture Chocolates
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Hartzview Vineyard ©
Hartzview Vineyard
Cygneture Chocolates ©
Cygneture Chocolates

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chelsea Beach, and then kick back and relax at Frankston Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Geeveston to Melbourne. When traveling from Geeveston in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Brighton Beach, Chelsea Beach, Frankston Beach
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Chelsea Beach ©
Chelsea Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blowhole Beach and Waitpinga Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Henley Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Kilikanoon Winery (in Penwortham), Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and Clare (Sevenhill Cellars, Riesling Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carrickalinga Beach, stroll through Maslin Beach, take a stroll through North Terrace, and learn about winemaking at Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Clare, Port Elliot, Henley Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Boomer Beach ©
Boomer Beach

7
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of the city life by going to Cottesloe Beach and Rockingham Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Warnbro Beach and Halls Head Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo), Mandurah (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Silver Sands Beach) and Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks). On the 29th (Tue), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sorrento Beach, stroll through South Beach Recreation Reserve, explore the activities along Swan River, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Fremantle Markets.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Perth trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Perth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Adelaide to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in January, you will find days in Perth are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mandurah, Fremantle, Trigg, Warnbro Beach, Sorrento Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

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