11 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 15th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Design Centre Tasmania, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the striking features of City of Launceston Town Hall, and then stroll around City Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston visit planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Launceston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, Launceston is little chillier than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Arthur online travel route builder .

You can drive from Launceston to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

3
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. On the 24th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart attractions planning site .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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