17 days in Geelong, Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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Geelong
— 1 night
Drive to Port Melbourne, Ferry to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Hobart
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 1 day
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Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive to Devonport, Ferry to Melbourne
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Melbourne
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Geelong — 1 night

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Geelong day trip app.

Sydney to Geelong is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Geelong, with lows of 16°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 2 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Devils @ Cradle as well as Enchanted Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Geelong to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Strahan.
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Strahan — 1 night

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Strahan route builder tool.

Take a bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Hobart.
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Hobart — 2 nights

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 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and then explore the activities along Sandy Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hobart day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.
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Port Arthur — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fossil Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch and Port Arthur Historic Site. On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then head outdoors with Tasman Arch, and finally get great views at Fossil Bay Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip planner.

Drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Freycinet Air - Tours. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get a bird's-eye view with Freycinet Air - Tours, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Launceston.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife · Parks
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Launceston — 5 nights

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.
Launceston is known for wildlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston travel route site.

Drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Great Ocean Road.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder app.

You can fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Launceston in February: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Mountains · Art Museums
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.
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Freycinet travel guide

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Trails · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gift & Specialty Shops
On Tasmania’s east coast, Freycinet National Park is a place of wild beauty. Towering pink-hued mountains, known as the Hazards, shadow the landscape, and at their foot are the calm, blue waters of Wineglass Bay. Explore the picturesque Friendly Beaches, dine on an abundance of fresh seafood, and spend the night at one of Australia’s exclusive luxury lodges. Freycinet National Park is roughly 2 1/2 hours drive north from Hobart or two hours drive south from Launceston. If you have time to spare, wind your way here along one of Australia's most dramatic road trips, the Great Eastern Drive.

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