12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Launceston
— 1 night
Fly

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Sydney

— 4 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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Head to ATTY Gallery and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: visit Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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Melbourne

— 3 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.
Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Treasury Building. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Australian Print Workshop, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get into the urban bustle at Federation Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Hobart

— 1 night

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 27th (Sun): stop by Tasting House - Coal River Valley Wine Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online day trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hobart, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Port Arthur

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul. Keep things going the next day: hike along Three Capes Track and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur visit planner.

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Launceston

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Glassblowers.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Launceston road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Launceston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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.