27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Launceston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Margaret River
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Sydney
— 5 nights
Sydney

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and then take in the views from Richmond Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Battery Point, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

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Richmond Bridge, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

3
days
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 some cultural insight at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers and Cape Tourville Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bicheno Blowhole and Devil's Corner Cellar Door. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to St Marys (Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery & Gone Rustic Studio + Gallery), East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, make a trip to Mt Amos Climb, and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay trip builder site .

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Cranbrook, Bicheno, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

2
days
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.
On the 20th (Sat), do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards, then browse the exhibits of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Entally Estate, then get a taste of the local shopping with Design Centre Tasmania, then take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston vacation maker app .

Drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Wineries, #Museums

Side Trips

Rowella, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Wines for Joanie
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City Park ©
City Park
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and ArtVo. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
days
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.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at National Anzac Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Saint John the Evangelist.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albany online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Albany takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

#Museums, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station

3
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Busselton Jetty. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Cave and Meelup Beach. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Cape Naturaliste LightHouse (in Dunsborough) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

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Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Augusta, Busselton Jetty, Mammoth Cave
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse ©
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Portrait Gallery and Mount Ainslie Lookout. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, browse the collection at National Library of Australia, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Canberra in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Canberra due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia

5
days
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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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