16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

Before you visit Port Douglas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Boston, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in December, expect Port Douglas to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Sydney

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manly Scenic Walkway and Australian National Maritime Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. The adventure continues: visit The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 27th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning site.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tasmanian Glassblowers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, then steep yourself in history at Entally House, and finally stroll around City Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston day trip tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Launceston in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Launceston to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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 31st (Tue): do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Kings Fine Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Hobart

— 3 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 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol, then take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then stop by Aspect Design, then view the masterpieces at Salamanca Arts Centre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in January, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Wildlife Areas · Art Museums · Mountains
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.