12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

1
day
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get great views at HA Lane Memorial Lookout, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Stanley visit app .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Stanley to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
HA Lane Memorial Lookout ©
HA Lane Memorial Lookout

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online travel route builder .

You can drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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 30th (Mon): snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and finally browse the exhibits of Design Centre Tasmania. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and then stroll around City Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. December in Launceston sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 1st (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Waubs Bay Gallery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oyster Shack, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay journey maker .

Getting from Launceston to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then hike along Three Capes Track.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip builder site .

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
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.
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, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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