11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and then stroll through City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Launceston visit planning tool .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Launceston to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

2
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.
On the 21st (Fri), experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay online tour builder .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, then get great views at Three Thumbs Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Raspins Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Orford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Orford takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Orford are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach
Three Thumbs Lookout ©
Three Thumbs Lookout

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip builder app .

You can drive from Orford to Port Arthur in 2 hours. In December in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
Attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. On the 26th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart vacation site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) 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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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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