22 days in Queensland, Victoria & Tasmania Itinerary

22 days in Queensland, Victoria & Tasmania Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland, Victoria & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  10 h
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Mole Creek
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like KickArts Contemporary Arts and Bones and Jones. Attractions like Trinity Beach and Mission Beach make great kid-friendly stops. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mission Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree National Park and Photography Tours. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Tranquility Falls (in Daintree), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Kilda Beach and Healesville Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Kalang Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Wendouree (in Ballarat) and Lorne Beach (in Lorne). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in January, with highs in Melbourne at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Kalang Park, Lorne Beach, Healesville Sanctuary, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park, then explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to The Grotto.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Port Campbell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get outdoors at Russell Falls and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Tessellated Pavement in Eaglehawk Neck, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Neck, admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Russell Falls, The Neck, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tessellated Pavement
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

3
nights
Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Get in touch with nature at Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devils @ Cradle and Wings Wildlife Park. Step out of Mole Creek with an excursion to House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate in Latrobe--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: Head underground at Mole Creek Caves and look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mole Creek planner .

Getting from Hobart to Mole Creek by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, Wings Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

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