58 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Townsville
— 1 night
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Drive to Daintree River Ferry, Ferry to Daintree River Ferry North, Drive to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Coffs Harbour Airport, Drive to South West Rocks
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South West Rocks
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mudgee
— 1 night
Drive
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Devonport, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Bendigo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Canberra
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Brisbane — 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Newstead House, then contemplate the long history of Fort Lytton National Park, then take in the pleasant sights at St Helena Island National Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Wynnum Esplanade.

For photos and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 2 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, then admire the sheer force of Protestors Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Victoria Park Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 2 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 6th (Tue), find your balance on the water with Watersports Guru, then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Tugun Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 2 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Buderim Forest Park, and finally get a tailor-made plan with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, steep yourself in history at Caboolture Historical Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ngungun, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sunshine Coast Brewery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip maker.

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Noosa.
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Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Noosa — 2 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, then get outside with Kayak Noosa, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, and finally shake up your sightseeing with Grab Rock. On the next day, trot along with Noosa Horses, then contemplate the long history of Everglades, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Cooroora.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Noosa day trip planner.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Noosa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Fraser Island — 2 nights

Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Champagne Pools. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and Indian Head.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 2 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at Breakout The Room, identify plant and animal life at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and finally admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with Fraserjet, take in the exciting artwork at Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, and then grab your bike and head to Esplanade.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Townsville.
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Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Townsville — 1 night

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Kissing Point Fort, then contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, then hike along Castle Hill, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planning website.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Townsville by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Townsville, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, fly like a bird with Uplift Watersports, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): center your mind and body at The Deep Retreat Port Douglas, capture your vacation like a pro with Blue Adventures Wildlife & Rainforest Tours, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Port Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Cape Tribulation — 2 nights

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and finally take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Paddletrek Kayak Adventures, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and finally hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip maker app.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see Pacific Watersports, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, then explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, then stroll through Red Arrow Walk, and finally browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hamilton Island.
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Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Hamilton Island — 2 nights

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Spa Wumurdaylin, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in April: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to South West Rocks.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

South West Rocks — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): find your balance on the water with SWR Sup, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum South West Rocks, then kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay Beach, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, and finally don't miss a visit to German Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Shelly Beach, hike along Nyambagga Walking Trail, then learn about all things military at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Bowraville Folk Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read South West Rocks online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to South West Rocks with the Route module. Traveling from Hamilton Island in April, things will get a bit cooler in South West Rocks: highs are around 75°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.
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Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Port Macquarie — 2 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 28th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Old Bottlebutt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain, then get a new perspective on nature at Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Hastings River, see some colorful creatures with Rick's Dive School, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then surround yourself with nature on Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

Plan trip to Port Macquarie with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from South West Rocks in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mudgee.
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Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Mudgee — 1 night

White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Art and Crafts Mudgee, learn about winemaking at Thistle Hill Organic Winery, learn about winemaking at Slowfox Wines, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, then learn about winemaking at Gooree Cellar + Pantry, and finally do a tasting at Burrundulla Wines. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at The Drip Gorge, do a tasting at Lowe Wines, learn about winemaking at Gooree Park Wines, then have fun at Gulgong Gold Experience, then learn about winemaking at Farmer's Daughter Wines, and finally stop by Aril Estate.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Mudgee trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Mudgee takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in April: highs in Mudgee hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Katoomba.
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Katoomba — 2 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln's Rock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Bonaventure's Church. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Giant Stairway, then admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruined Castle Walking Track, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Cahill's Lookout.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba day trip planner.

Drive from Mudgee to Katoomba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.
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Sydney — 3 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally explore the world behind art at Customs House. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and finally take a stroll through King Street.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in May since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island — 3 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Islander Cruises, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lord Howe Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Hobart.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Hobart — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Refuge, get engrossed in the history at Channel Museum, then view the masterpieces at Henry Jones Design (IXL Tasmanian Art Gallery), then learn about winemaking at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart route maker app.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Hobart in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.
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Coles Bay — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, get up close to creatures of the deep with Sea-All Fishing and Marine Tours, then view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wineglass Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, see ALL4, look for gifts at Melshell Oyster Shack, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, and finally make a trip to Spiky Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Launceston.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Launceston — 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, take in the exciting artwork at The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, do a tasting at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, examine the collection at Launceston Tramway Museum, admire the striking features of Franklin House, then contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Brickendon Estate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Launceston sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Strahan.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then see the interesting displays at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Spion Kop Lookout, and finally get great views at Horsetail Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Strahan vacation maker site.

Drive from Launceston to Strahan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 3 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake St. Clair and Cradle Mountain Canyons. Step out of the city life by going to Marion's Lookout Walk and Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls. It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery and take a pleasant ride with Cradle Country Adventures.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park itinerary maker.

You can drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Melbourne.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Melbourne — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, see Cheap AZ Travel, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, then stroll through Capital City Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbotsford Convent. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): trek along Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk, contemplate the long history of William Ricketts Sanctuary, then get to know the fascinating history of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, and finally examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bendigo.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Bendigo — 3 nights

The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bendigo Art Gallery and Bendigo Joss House Temple. Take a break from the city and head to O'Keefe Rail Trail and Blackhill Reserve. Explore Bendigo's surroundings by going to Maldon (Maldon Dredge and Dragline, Main Street, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fortuna Villa, admire the landmark architecture of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Kilian's Church, and see the interesting displays at Confectionery Capers.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bendigo road trip planning tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Bendigo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Canberra.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

Canberra — 3 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ANZAC Parade Walk and Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Visiting Namadgi National Park and Mr Spokes Bike Hire will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

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You can fly from Bendigo to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Canberra, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New South Wales travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.
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Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Wildlife Areas · Mountains · Art Museums
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.
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Victoria travel guide

4.5
Gardens · Landmarks · Nightlife
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.
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Australian Capital Territory travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Government Buildings · Art Museums
Australian Capital Territory houses the seat of Australia’s government. Entirely surrounded by the state of New South Wales, it consists mainly of tracts of agricultural land and the mountainous Namadgi National Park, in addition to the country’s modern capital, Canberra. The region has a population of approximately 360,000 people, the vast majority of whom live within metropolitan Canberra.
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