12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

1
night
Burnie

Burnie ©
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fern Glade Reserve. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gunns Plains Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, and then explore the stunning scenery at Leven Canyon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Burnie route planner.

Melbourne to Burnie is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Burnie to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Burnie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Leven Canyon
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Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden ©
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park

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 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and finally admire the striking features of Franklin House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Liffey Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tamar River, and then walk around City Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip site .

You can drive from Burnie to Launceston in 2 hours. In October in Launceston, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Liffey Falls
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Franklin House ©
Franklin House

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Freycinet National Park and Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Take a break from Coles Bay with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mt Amos Climb, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and explore and take pictures at Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay holiday 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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gala Estate Vineyard, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Melshell Oyster Shack
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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 18th (Fri): head outdoors with Tasman Arch and then trek along Three Capes Track. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, walk around Tasman National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement.

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You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eaglehawk Neck
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasman Arch ©
Tasman Arch

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Helicopter Tours and The Wicked Cheese Co.. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately 30 minutes away. On the 20th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, and contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner .

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Hobart, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, The Wicked Cheese Co.
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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