12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Wellington

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 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

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

Wellington, New Zealand to Launceston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Launceston is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Launceston, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get great views at HA Lane Memorial Lookout, take in the exciting artwork at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then stop by The Angel's Share, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse, enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, and then cruise along Boat Harbour Beach.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Stanley trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Launceston to Stanley in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wynyard, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach

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.
Visiting Wineglass Bay Lookout and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Step out of Coles Bay to go to Bicheno and see East Coast Natureworld, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the galleries of Waubs Bay Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay day trip planning app .

Drive from Stanley to Coles Bay in 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 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bicheno
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then don't miss a visit to Australian Convict Sites.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip itinerary planning app .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Old and New Art and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are in your itinerary. Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Salamanca Market, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the 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, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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