11 days in Tasmania, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

11 days in Tasmania, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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11 days in Tasmania, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
End: Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then look for gifts at The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Launceston online attractions planner .

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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Nature Parks Museums
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls

1
night
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 5th (Thu), experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, then stroll through Wineglass Bay, and finally do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Craigie Knowe Vineyard
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Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet Marine Farm ©
Freycinet Marine Farm

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Separate Prison, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur road trip planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Tessellated Pavement
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tessellated Pavement ©
Tessellated Pavement
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Salamanca Arts Centre, and then take a stroll through Sullivans Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Shene Tasmania, learn about winemaking at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, then take a stroll through North Hobart, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kingston Beach.

Before you visit Hobart, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Shene Tasmania, Kingston Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Sullivans Cove ©
Sullivans Cove
North Hobart ©
North Hobart

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nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take an in-depth tour of Sydney Jewish Museum, stop by Opal Minded, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Brisbane

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Robert Henderson Gallery, then examine the collection at Opal Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), take a stroll through West End, then find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
West End ©
West End

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