12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

2
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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, don't miss a visit to Constitution Dock, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hobart trip planner.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Hobart hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then trek along Three Capes Track.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Arthur trip itinerary site .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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 31st (Tue), view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb, let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oyster Shack, and then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

Make your Coles Bay itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
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.
Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield), Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Launceston day trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Holm Oak Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 5th (Sun): examine the collection at "Wee Georgie Wood", explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and finally trek along Crater Lake Circuit. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 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 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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