46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Geeveston
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  8​h 15​min
10
Bicheno
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
St Helens
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
12
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Yulara
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  5​h 30​min
14
Manly
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Madison

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Escape the urban bustle at 13th Beach and Bells Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Madison, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Melbourne is 16 hours. Traveling from Madison in January, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 81°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Bells Beach, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

4
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Quinns Rocks Beach. Visiting Mandurah Cruises and Caversham Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Warnbro Beach (in Warnbro) and Rockingham (Penguin Island & Rockingham Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and steep yourself in history at The Bell Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockingham, Caversham Wildlife Park, Mandurah Cruises, Warnbro Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Devils @ Cradle and Ocean Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lake St. Clair and The Overland Track. Go for a jaunt from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Mole Creek to see Westmorland Falls about 56 minutes away.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from Perth to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Geeveston.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westmorland Falls, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

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 25th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Hartzview Vineyard, then hike along Tahune Forest AirWalk, and then admire the sheer force of Arve Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Geeveston trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Geeveston takes 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in Geeveston are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Geeveston

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hartzview Vineyard
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Hartzview Vineyard ©
Hartzview Vineyard

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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Opossum Bay Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Kingston Beach and Bellerive Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Three Capes Track in Port Arthur (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nutgrove Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Geeveston to Hobart takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, Three Capes Track, Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: Swansea (Kate's Berry Farm & Spiky Bridge) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). And it doesn't end there: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay, and take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay vacation planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Swansea, Cranbrook, Freycinet
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
On the 2nd (Sat), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the St Helens itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in St Helens are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bell's Parade and Lilydale Falls. Get outdoors at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Narawntapu National Park. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Rowella (Holm Oak Vineyards & Iron Pot Bay Vineyard), Moores Hill Estate (in Sidmouth) and Bay of Fires Winery (in Pipers River). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Trevallyn, do a tasting at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and explore the galleries of Franklin House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Launceston vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from St Helens to Launceston in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Launceston are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Rowella, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Moores Hill Estate, Bell's Parade, Narawntapu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls
Narawntapu National Park ©
Narawntapu National Park
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, take in the waterfront at Hickson Road Reserve, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Launceston in February since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bicheno.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at East Coast Natureworld and Douglas-Apsley National Park. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Denison Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Bicheno: St Marys (Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery & St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, get great views at Whalers Lookout, and take in the exciting artwork at Waubs Bay Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bicheno trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Bicheno in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, car, ferry, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Bicheno hover around 75°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Scamander.

Things to do in Bicheno

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

St Marys
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Denison Beach ©
Denison Beach

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nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Little Blue Lake, explore the landscape on two wheels at Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Blue Tier.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the St Helens visit planner .

Drive from Bicheno to St Helens in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyengana, Halls Falls, Blue Tier, Little Blue Lake, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails ©
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
Pyengana Dairy ©
Pyengana Dairy
Blue Tier ©
Blue Tier

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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.
On the 18th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from St Helens to Cairns. Traveling from St Helens in February, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much warmer (75°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Yulara

Yulara ©
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yulara trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Yulara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in February: highs in Yulara hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

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Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at North Narrabeen Beach, and then stroll through Shelly Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ocean Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Mount Ettalong Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Manly trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Yulara to Manly in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yulara in February: highs in Manly hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

North Narrabeen Beach, Mount Ettalong Lookout, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Firescreek Fruit Wines, Terrigal Beach
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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