42 days in Sydney, Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

42 days in Sydney, Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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42 days in Sydney, Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Stanley
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly + foot:  25​h
End: Warsaw


11
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner.

Warsaw, Poland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Warsaw to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Warsaw in December, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, The National Pass, Taronga Zoo, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 27:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Woolmers Estate and Entally Estate. Escape the urban bustle at Cataract Gorge Reserve and The Tamar Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena), Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Platypus House (in Beauty Point). There's lots more to do: stroll through City Park, steep yourself in history at The Old Umbrella Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Launceston trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Launceston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Woolmers Estate, Goaty Hill Wines, Holm Oak Vineyards, Platypus House
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
On the 31st (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Eureka Farm, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the St Helens trip app .

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eureka Farm, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Eureka Farm ©
Eureka Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Friendly Beaches and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bicheno
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Arthur trip maker tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Maria Island National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seven Mile Beach and Bellerive Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, examine the collection at Mona, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Tarraleah.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Maria Island National Park, Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

1
night
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get great views at Tarraleah Power Station Lookout and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tarraleah tour planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Tarraleah in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout

3
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 11th (Fri): get great views at Devils Gullet Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tarraleah to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Stanley.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Devils Gullet Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 13th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Stanley Seaquarium and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanley sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Stanley by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Stanley can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Stanley Seaquarium ©
Stanley Seaquarium

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Wesley Church Melbourne for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Stanley to Melbourne by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Stanley in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 24:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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