25 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 9 nights
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
5
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive
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Launceston
— 2 nights
Bus
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Drive
8
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
10
Arthur River
— 1 day
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Burnie
— 1 night
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Sydney — 9 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Lady Bay, Neighbourhood Bondi, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, explore the striking landscape of Sydney Harbour National Park, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Sydney. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 65°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hobart.
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Wrest Point Casino, Republic Bar & Cafe, North Hobart, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, then take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and finally explore the activities along Sandy Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), wander the streets of Sullivans Cove, admire the landmark architecture of Constitution Dock, then stop by North Hobart, then join in the after-dark buzz at Republic Bar & Cafe, and finally try your luck at Wrest Point Casino.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hobart at 73°F and lows at 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Port Arthur.
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Port Arthur — 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tasman National Park, Tessellated Pavement, Stewarts Bay, and other attractions. On the 9th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Port Arthur Historic Site, explore the activities along Stewarts Bay, then surround yourself with nature on Wild Ocean Tasmania, and finally make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Arthur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Freycinet Marine Farm, Friendly Beaches, Bicheno Blowhole, and other attractions. Get in touch with nature at Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to St Helens.
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St Helens — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bay of Fires as well as St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our St Helens trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Launceston.
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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Launceston itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 1 night

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Devils @ Cradle, Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, Crater Lake Circuit, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle, get all the information you need at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, then trek along Crater Lake Circuit, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and finally trek along Marion's Lookout Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: get all the information you need at Lake St Clair Park Center, explore the activities along Lake St. Clair, and then explore the striking landscape of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus 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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Strahan online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 night

The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online journey planner.

You can drive from Strahan to Queenstown in an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Arthur River.
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Arthur River — 1 day

Your day by day itinerary now includes Edge of the World as well as Arthur River Cruises. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a tour by water with Arthur River Cruises and then make a trip to Edge of the World.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arthur River trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Arthur River takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Burnie.
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Burnie — 1 night

Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Burnie travel route planner.

Getting from Arthur River to Burnie by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Burnie, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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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