8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel planner

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Fly
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Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly to Launceston, Bus to Coles Bay
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Coles Bay
— 1 day
Drive
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Hobart
— 1 night
Fly
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Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 1 day
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Melbourne

— 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Melbourne is colder than Singapore - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Coles Bay

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Coles Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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 21st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and then stroll through Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hobart day trip planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Hobart sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sydney

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Cairns

— 1 day

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 24th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns route builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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
Nature & Parks · 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.