12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
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.
On the 24th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Entally Estate and then get a taste of the local shopping with Design Centre Tasmania. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Launceston road trip planning tool .

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. In December, Launceston is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

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 26th (Wed): trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): trek along Larmairremener tabelti and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to St Helens.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Suncoast Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and finally browse for treasures at The Shop in the Bush.

Take the guesswork out of planning a St Helens vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to St Helens by car takes about 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush

4
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.
Get outdoors at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Freycinet National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oysters (in Swansea). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, identify plant and animal life at Friendly Beaches, view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

You can plan Coles Bay trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Remarkable Cave, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Mona, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellerive Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, then head off the coast to Macquarie Island, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally stroll through Seven Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hobart trip builder website .

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 your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Bellerive Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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