15 days in Sydney, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Guangzhou

6
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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Guangzhou, China to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Guangzhou to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Guangzhou in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Sydney

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Side Trips

The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
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.
On the 8th (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, then explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then sample the tasty concoctions at James Boag Brewery Experience, and finally do a tasting at The Pinot Shop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Launceston in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Launceston at 25°C and lows at 10°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Parks Nature
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Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
James Boag Brewery Experience ©
James Boag Brewery Experience

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 10th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Hellyer Gorge and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair, and then hike along Crater Lake Circuit.

Plan a Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Sydney.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hellyer Gorge
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Crater Lake Circuit ©
Crater Lake Circuit

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Explore Sydney further: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Scenic Walkway, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Watsons Bay ©
Watsons Bay
Speed Boats Tours
Sydney Observatory ©
Sydney Observatory

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