46 days in Western Australia, Tasmania & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

46 days in Western Australia, Tasmania & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

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46 days in Western Australia, Tasmania & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Albany
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Strahan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Launceston
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Manchester

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Japanese Cemetery and Catholic Diocese of Broome. Visiting Roebuck Bay and Broome Bird Observatory will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Diversity Charter Company, take in the exciting artwork at The Courthouse Collection, get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, and stroll through Cable Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Broome trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Broome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Broome, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Broome is warmer than Manchester - with highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Diversity Charter Company
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Broome Bird Observatory ©
Broome Bird Observatory

5
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Step out of the city life by going to Lowlands Beach and Emu Point. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cheynes Beach and Cosy Corner Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Denmark (Lights Beach, Shelley Beach, & more), Tree Top Walk (in Walpole) and The Denmark Heritage Cider Company (in Scotsdale). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Albany day trip planner.

You can fly from Broome to Albany in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In December, Albany is much colder than Broome - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Tree Top Walk, Nanarup Beach, Cosy Corner Beach, Cheynes Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
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Tree Top Walk ©
Tree Top Walk
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

6
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Surfers Point and Gnarabup Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Brookwood Estate and JahRoc Galleries. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Naturaliste (Bunker Bay & Sugarloaf Rock), Wise Wine (in Eagle Bay) and Yallingup (Yallingup Beach, Ngilgi Cave, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Hamelin Bay, relax in the rural setting at Margaret River Venison Farm, kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, and learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Margaret River trip planner .

Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Wise Wine, Redgate Wines
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
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Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake St. Clair and Shadow Lake Circuit Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Devils @ Cradle and Westmorland Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Hellyer Gorge (in Parrawe), Wilmot Country Store (in Wilmot) and Whyte Hills Lookout (in Waratah). There's more to do: trek along Larmairremener tabelti.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Margaret River to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Strahan.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westmorland Falls, Hellyer Gorge, Wilmot Country Store, Whyte Hills Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Hellyer Gorge ©
Hellyer Gorge

3
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Escape the urban bustle at Hogarth Falls and Nelson Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and Eric Thomas Galley Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Zeehan Rock Shop (in Zeehan), Iron Blow Lookout (in Gormanston) and Queenstown (Horsetail Falls, Spion Kopf Lookout, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill and kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Strahan trip planner .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Queenstown, Zeehan, Iron Blow Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Nelson Falls ©
Nelson Falls
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill

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.
Richmond Gaol and Fern Tree will appeal to history buffs. Museum of Old and New Art and Salamanca Arts Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Russell Falls (in Mount Field National Park), Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, wander the streets of North Hobart, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hobart online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Strahan to Hobart by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell Falls, Seven Mile Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Fern Tree, Richmond Gaol
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol

3
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maria Island National Park and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. You'll explore and learn at Port Arthur Historic Site and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Arthur: Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River) and Fortescue Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck).

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur online visit planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

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 Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Get outdoors at Freycinet National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Coles Bay with an excursion to East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

5
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.
Head to Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery and Tasmanian Glassblowersfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Mole Creek (Mole Creek Caves & Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary), Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Deloraine Creative Studios (in Deloraine). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, take an in-depth tour of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, and browse for treasures at Antique Emporium.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Deloraine Creative Studios, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, St Columba Waterfall, Antique Emporium
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catseye Beach and Jetryder. Get outdoors at Hamilton Island Golf Club and Alani Charters. Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, make a trip to Passage Peak, and stroll through Wild life Hamilton Island.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island road trip planning site .

You can fly from Launceston to Hamilton Island in 7 hours. When traveling from Launceston in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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