17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

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:  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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then 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 your second day here, stroll around City Park, then examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Pilgrim Uniting Church.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston online itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Launceston is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Launceston, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect 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 ©
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

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.
Richmond Gaol and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Constitution Dock and May Queen. Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. On the 11th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart online vacation builder .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can 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, explore and take pictures at Replica of the Brig Amity, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Point King Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally make a trip to Albany Wind Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albany trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. December in Albany sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Parks Outdoors

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.
On the 14th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, then ponder the world of politics at High Court of Australia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Albany to Canberra by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Canberra. When traveling from Albany in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Timbertown Wauchope. Trial Bay Gaol and Roto House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and trek along Coastal walk.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Port Macquarie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama, take in the waterfront at Kingston Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Emily Bay, then steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Barnabas Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Captain Cook's Monument, then get a sense of history and politics at Government House, then get engrossed in the history at Norfolk Island Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Norfolk Island online holiday planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Norfolk Island in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Norfolk Time (NFT) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Norfolk Island are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Norfolk Island Museum ©
Norfolk Island Museum

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