22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, kick back and relax at Boat Harbour Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Rocky Cape Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Stanley trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Stanley to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wynyard, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery. Visit Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Deloraine Creative Studios (in Deloraine), Brickendon Estate (in Longford) and Platypus House (in Beauty Point). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Stanley to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Longford, Deloraine Creative Studios, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Port Arthur Historic Site and Mona. Escape the urban bustle at Tahune Forest AirWalk and Seven Mile Beach. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland), Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol, contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site, and deepen your understanding at Salamanca Arts Centre.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Coal Mines Historic Site, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, St John the Baptist Chuch, Bellerive Beach, Richmond Gaol
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to East Coast Natureworld and Freycinet National Park. Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Spiky Bridge will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, and do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard, Spiky Bridge
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and finally take in the exciting artwork at East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, shop like a local with Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, then shop like a local with Suncoast Gallery, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the St Helens trip planning app .

Drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in St Helens

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

St Marys, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

5
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Museum-lovers will appreciate West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and "Wee Georgie Wood". You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Devils @ Cradle and The Overland Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Westmorland Falls (in Mole Creek), Tarraleah (Tarraleah Power Station Lookout & Tarraleah Falls) and Philosopher Falls (in Waratah). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Franklin River Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from St Helens to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarraleah, Franklin River Nature Trail, "Wee Georgie Wood", Philosopher Falls, West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©

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