18 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Stanley
— 1 night
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Strahan
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Coles Bay
— 3 nights
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Launceston
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Relax by the water at Brighton Beach and Fossil Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like William Ricketts Sanctuary and Immigration Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (in Cranbourne). There's much more to do: try to win big at Flemington Racecourse, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Stanley.

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Stanley

— 1 night
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Stanley Discovery Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Nut State Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Stanley online vacation planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Stanley by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Stanley hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Strahan

— 2 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get outside with Henty Dunes, kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, then examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and finally admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Strahan trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Stanley to Strahan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Strahan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get in touch with nature at Russell Falls and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Eaglehawk Neck (Wild Ocean Tasmania & Tessellated Pavement). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum OF Tasmania.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner.

Traveling by car from Strahan to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Coles Bay

— 3 nights
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 Boat Tours & Water Sports. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Devil's Corner Cellar Door. Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: Bicheno (Nature & Wildlife Tours, East Coast Natureworld, &more). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay route planning app.

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Launceston

— 3 nights

The Heart of Tasmania

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.
Appreciate the collections at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and The Tamar Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Tamar Valley Art Shack (in Clarence Point) and Platypus House (in Beauty Point). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Launceston trip app.

Getting from Coles Bay to Launceston by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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Tasmania travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.