17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  30 h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Albany
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
6
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  31 h
End: Newark

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seahorse World, then identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, and finally contemplate the long history of The Old Umbrella Shop. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around City Park, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Pilgrim Uniting Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston road trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Launceston is an approximately 30- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Launceston. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: highs in Launceston hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania ©
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

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.
You'll explore and learn at Richmond Gaol and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Constitution Dock and May Queen. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 30 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_give_your_taste_buds_a_day_to_remember_with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hobart, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

1
night
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, then step aboard Replica of the Brig Amity, and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point King Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally make a trip to Albany Wind Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Albany. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in December, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Point King Lighthouse ©
Point King Lighthouse

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of National Museum of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then have fun and explore at Old Parliament House, then ponder the world of politics at High Court of Australia, and finally explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Albany to Canberra in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Canberra due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albany in December, you will find days in Canberra are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roto House and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Timbertown Wauchope, hike along Coastal walk, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Canberra to Port Macquarie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Canberra in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Timbertown Wauchope
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Timbertown Wauchope ©
Timbertown Wauchope

1
night
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, take in the waterfront at Kingston Pier, kick back and relax at Emily Bay, then steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Captain Cook's Monument, ponder the world of politics at Government House, then take an in-depth tour of Norfolk Island Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Norfolk Island Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Norfolk Island trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Norfolk Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Macquarie to Norfolk Island due to the time zone difference. December in Norfolk Island sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area ©
Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area
Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Norfolk Island Museum ©
Norfolk Island Museum

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