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Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

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Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

Hi everyone, I need help with planning a trip to Australia in Feb 2019.

My friend and I are thinking about starting from Melbourne and then fly to Launceston, and then drive around Tasmania and fly to Sydney out of Hobart (we want our last stop in Sydney and finish all outdoor activities before that so we can chill out). We are females in our mid 20s and enjoy the beach, the great outdoors, beautiful scenery, photography, animals (but not insects :P), good food (both cheap and expensive), shopping, drinking, going out, meeting people, cultural stuff etc and want to make sure we will get to do all these during our 2 week trip so here i have a few questions before booking our flights:

1. How long to spend in each place? We are thinking 4 days in Melbourne, 6 days in Tasmania, 5 days in Sydney but we are flexible and want suggestions please.

2. Are parks, beaches, and nature more beautiful in Tasmania than Melbourne and Sydney? I looked up top national parks in Australia and looks like Tas has the best parks. However, if anyone thinks we can get the same thing in Melbourne or Sydney, we might just skip Tas altogether and spend more time in Victoria and NSW.

3. How is the drive from Launceston to Hobart?

4, If we do end up skipping Tas, please suggest parks, reserves, outdoor adventures we can do in Victoria/ NSW?

5. If we skip Tas, could we fit in another place? Maybe Canberra? and would you recommend driving from Melbourne to Syd?

If anyone could answer my questions, thank you so much in advance!

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1. Re: Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

Tasmania is fantastic if you want wildlife, great landscapes, good walking and great food. 6 days there is doing it pretty quick though. Personally I would cut a day or two from Sydney and add this to Tasmania, but I’m not a fan of cities.

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2. Re: Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

In a 2 week visit you have a good mix:

>>> the great outdoors, beautiful scenery, photography, animals <<<

Tasmania has plenty of that, so 6 days will give you a good fix

>>> the beach, shopping, drinking, going out, meeting people <<<

Melbourne and Sydney have you covered...

Theres also great national parks all over NSW and VIC, but i wouldn't say any particular area has it over others, each has their unique features... the weather in Feb will probably be the best weather Tasmania has all year... so 100% do not cut out Tassie.

>>> make sure we will get to do all these during our 2 week trip <<<

You will get a good mix by visiting these areas but you miss out on our whole western, central and northern parts of the country which is a completely different experience again...

Edited: 06 August 2018, 11:38
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3. Re: Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

We did the opposite of yours late last year/early this year. Flew to Sydney, went to Hobart, and then Melbourne. Also had two 1 night stops - Blue Mountains and Phillip Island (both could be done as a day trip).

Blue Mountains (NSW) is wonderful scenery. Great lookout points, and if you are into hiking, there are many choices.

I don't think you have the time to drive from Sydney to Melbourne.

Do not skip Tasmania. It gives you a totally different side of Australia. It was wonderful. We took a drive to Freycinet National Park one day, and the Tasman Peninsula another. We were talking to a waiter in one of the restaurants in Hobart the first night. After hearing our accents he mentioned that he was glad we included it in our trip - so many Americans only see the big cities.

Phillip Island (Victoria) was about the wildlife. Nothing else. There are two hour cruises that take you to the seal rocks - seals as far as the eye can see. The penguin parade starts after sunset. You can watch the penguins waddling out of the ocean towards their babies. You cannot take pictures of the penguins, but you will find birds and wallabies before it gets dark. There were multiple koalas in the trees at the conservatory.

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4. Re: Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

Hi Eugenie, I'm a photographer based in Sydney and can shed some light on local nature spots. You said you like photography and nature so here we go. Sydney is east facing and thus the best time to create some photos is sunrise. If you are looking for some great locations to shoot, I recommend Maroubra Beach as a first destination. It has a sand beach, cliffs, rocks, waves - everything you need. Another great place is Shark Point in Clovelly. There are no sharks there. It may be a bit dangerous if there are huge waves. One of my fav locations is Garie Beach in Royal National Park. There is an entry fee but it's worth it. For the sunrises, check out this guide: https:/…. RNP is the best area for hiking, it has a bunch of waterfalls and tracks. You can even do a day trip from Bundeena all the way south to Otford. Another good walk is Coogee to Bondi walk, nice and pleasant and will take you 2-3 hours max.

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5. Re: Melbourne - Tasmania - Sydney Itinerary

I agree that 6 days is a bit short for Tasmania. With only that much time, you'd be best doing the east coast OR the west coast, not both. A loop requires 10 days if you don't want to rush.

From Melbourne, make sure you allow a night or two to get over jet lag, then the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway NP need 3 days/2 nights, the Grampians NP needs 2 nights. This can be done as a 5 day/4 night loop. Add an extra day and night if you want to include Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. If you want to visit Wilsons Prom NP, then 3 days/2 nights. Add an extra day and night for Phillip Island. The last two are on the opposite side of Melbourne from the GOR. And all these times are minimum times - there's enough to do in all these places to double the times I've mentioned if you're a slow traveller.

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