16 days in Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart vacation planning tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hobart is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Cooks Beach, Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island, The Wicked Cheese Co.
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
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.
On the 25th (Tue), make a trip to Remarkable Cave, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Model Prison.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Model Prison
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Orford visit planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Orford in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Thumbs Lookout ©
Three Thumbs Lookout

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): shop like a local with Waubs Bay Gallery, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, experience rural life at Melshell Oysters, kick back and relax at Coles Bay Jetty, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Orford to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

2
nights
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 29th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seahorse World, then contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Launceston in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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