19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Vaucluse House. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. February in Sydney sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Kingston Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site and then don't miss a visit to Australian Convict Sites.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Port Arthur travel planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Launceston travel planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

4
nights
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 Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of the city life by going to The Great Ocean Road and Koala Conservation Centre. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Aquinas' Church, and contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day 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. When traveling from Launceston in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koala Conservation Centre, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get some cultural insight at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Horses in Port, & more). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 25th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in February, with highs in Brisbane at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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