12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 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:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 4 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll around City Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania.

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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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Launceston at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

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 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at "Wee Georgie Wood", then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and finally hike along Crater Lake Circuit. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park, and then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oyster Shack, and then don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno Blowhole, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard
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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 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then explore the galleries of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Tessellated Pavement, hike along Three Capes Track, and then stroll through Stewarts Bay.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Arthur itinerary planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Tessellated Pavement
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

4
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: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip builder tool .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
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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

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