11 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Stanley
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Entally Estate, then steep yourself in history at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, then look for gifts at Goaty Hill Wines, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip builder app .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get little chillier in Launceston: highs are around 25°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goaty Hill Wines, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Holm Oak Vineyards, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Goaty Hill Wines ©
Goaty Hill Wines

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Seven Mile Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wineglass Bay Lookout. We've included these beaches for you: Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coles Bay Jetty, and learn about winemaking at Milton Vineyard.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay visit planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Swansea, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stop by Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones, view the masterpieces at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, stop by Providore 24, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then look for gifts at The Angel's Share, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Stanley online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Stanley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Stanley are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Stanley

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones ©
Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Damper Creek Reserve, and then look for gifts at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Stanley to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Stanley in December, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Damper Creek Reserve, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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