59 days in Australia Itinerary

59 days in Australia Itinerary

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59 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 12 nights
2
Canberra
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hobart
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Orford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Stanley
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Melbourne
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

12
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 Justice & Police Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Leura (The Nook & The Candy Store Leura), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Leura, Bilgola Beach, Shelly Beach, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 15:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

8
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
For shopping fun, head to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines or Albert Hall. Visiting Wee Jasper Reserves and National Zoo and Aquarium will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, browse the fresh offerings at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, and engage your brain at Questacon.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in December, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines, Wee Jasper Reserves
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 23:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Wee Jasper Reserves ©
Wee Jasper Reserves
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines ©
Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake St. Clair and Devils @ Cradle. Step out of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to go to Gunns Plains and see Gunns Plains Caves, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 26th (Wed), hike the day away at The Overland Track. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Canberra to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tarraleah.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Gunns Plains Caves
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

1
night
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
On the 27th (Thu), get great views at Tarraleah Power Station Lookout and then take a peaceful walk through Franklin River Nature Trail.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tarraleah trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Tarraleah in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Outdoors Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Seven Mile Beach and Bellerive Beach. Shop till you drop at Salamanca Market and Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston), The Drill Hall Emporium (in New Norfolk) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 1st (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, and examine the collection at Mona.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner .

You can drive from Tarraleah to Hobart in 2 hours. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, The Drill Hall Emporium, Richmond Bridge, Kingston Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Waterfall Bay, contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site, and then hike along Three Capes Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Orford.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Waterfall Bay, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

2
nights
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 5th (Sat), head off the coast to Maria Island National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Raspins Beach. On your second day here, experience rural life at Twamley Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Orford road trip app .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Orford in 2 hours. In January in Orford, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maria Island National Park, Twamley Farm
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Freycinet National Park and East Coast Natureworld. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Friendly Beaches and Denison Beach. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see Melshell Oysters in Swansea, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip website .

Traveling by car from Orford to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Bicheno, Freycinet, Melshell Oysters
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Melshell Oysters ©
Melshell Oysters
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): experience rural life at Eureka Farm, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St Helens trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
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 Goaty Hill Wines and Design Centre Tasmaniafor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Bridport Walking Track. Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Platypus House (in Beauty Point), Woolmers Estate (in Longford) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). There's lots more to do: stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop, take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls, whizz through the canopy at Penny Royal Adventures, and view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Glassblowers.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston journey maker website .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridport Walking Track, Goaty Hill Wines, Platypus House, Woolmers Estate, Holm Oak Vineyards
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Goaty Hill Wines ©
Goaty Hill Wines

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then stop by Providore 24, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Stanley online vacation planner .

Drive from Launceston to Stanley in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Stanley can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Providore 24 ©
Providore 24

14
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Stanley to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Stanley in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 30:
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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