52 days in Australia Itinerary

52 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

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Caloundra
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Adelaide
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
Ferry to Spirit of Tas, Bus to St Helens
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St Helens
— 3 nights
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Coles Bay
— 5 nights
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Port Arthur
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kettering, Ferry to Bruny, Drive to Bruny Island
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Bruny Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Bruny, Ferry to Kettering, Drive to Strahan
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Strahan
— 3 nights
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Arthur River
— 1 night
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Stanley
— 2 nights
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Launceston
— 6 nights
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Bus to Devonport, Ferry to Port Melbourne, Bus to Sydney
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
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Caloundra

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, then sample some tasty brews at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, and finally step aboard HMAS Brisbane.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Caloundra trip builder website.

Mackay to Caloundra is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Mackay in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Caloundra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Ocean Day Spa & Salon. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Snapper Rocks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online day trip planner.

You can drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Adelaide

— 3 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Skydiving and Art Gallery of South Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Rockford Winery (in Tanunda), Semaphore (Semaphore Beach & Semaphore Jetty) and Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach, stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, make a trip to National War Memorial, Adelaide, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Adelaide takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Gold Coast in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Adelaide. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Melbourne Town Hall, then wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, then take in nature's colorful creations at Carlton Gardens, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Albert Park, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and finally make a trip to Lygon Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St Helens

— 3 nights
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bay of Fires Conservation Area and St Columba Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Helens: Little Blue Lake (in South Mount Cameron), Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails (in Derby) and Mt Paris Dam (in Branxholm). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy, admire the sheer force of St Columba Falls Reserve, tee off at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, and view the masterpieces at East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the St Helens journey builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to St Helens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in St Helens reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Freycinet National Park and Bicheno Blowhole. Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: Spiky Bridge (in Swansea) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hazards Beach, and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip maker website.

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Three Capes Track and The Church. Get out of town with these interesting Port Arthur side-trips: Eaglehawk Neck (Waterfall Bay, Wild Ocean Tasmania, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Stewarts Bay, admire the striking features of The Penitentiary, make a trip to The Separate Prison, and appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hobart

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. David's Cathedral and Sandy Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Kettering), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Grandvewe Farm & Cheesery (in Birchs Bay). And it doesn't end there: visit North Hobart, learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard, look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co., and take some stellar pictures from Shot Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bruny Island

— 3 nights
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Bruny Lighthouse and Bruny Island Berry Farm. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at The Neck, do a tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines, hike along Cape Queen Elizabeth, and look for gifts at Bruny Island Providore.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bruny Island trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. March in Bruny Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Strahan.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Strahan

— 3 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and Ocean Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strahan: Iron Blow Lookout (in Gormanston) and Queenstown (Mount Jukes, Eric Thomas Galley Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, stroll through Franklin River Nature Trail, and look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks Strahan.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Strahan route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bruny Island to Strahan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arthur River.

Things to do in Strahan

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Arthur River

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then cruise along The Tarkine Drive, then don't miss a visit to Edge of the World, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sumac Lookout.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Arthur River trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Strahan to Arthur River takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Arthur River

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive

Stanley

— 2 nights
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Rocky Cape Lighthouse, make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, take some stellar pictures from Trethewies Lookout, get great views at HA Lane Memorial Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve, and finally stop by The Angel's Share. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, take a memorable tour with Wynyard Penguin Tours, then admire the natural beauty at Gutteridge Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, and finally take an in-depth tour of Stanley Discovery Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Stanley trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Arthur River to Stanley takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Launceston

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to City Park and Seahorse World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Swinging Gate Vineyard (in Sidmouth), Devonport (Bass Strait Maritime Centre & The Tasmanian Arboretum) and Deloraine (Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum & Yarns Artwork in Silk). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, catch all the local highlights with Prestige Tours Tasmania, take some stellar pictures from Brady's Lookout, and learn about winemaking at Sharmans Wines.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Launceston visit planner.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Sydney Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), South Lawson Waterfall Circuit (in Lawson) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stroll around Hyde Park, and visit The Rocks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Launceston to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Launceston in April, with highs in Sydney at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Paradise Point Parklands, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Currumbin Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tugun Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast itinerary website.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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.