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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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:  5​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy Cataract Gorge Reserve and Platypus House. Venture out of the city with trips to Seahorse World (in Beauty Point), Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena) and Woolmers Estate (in Longford). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston vacation builder site .

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Goaty Hill Wines, Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Seahorse World ©
Seahorse World
City Park ©
City Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse for treasures at The Shop in the Bush, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St Helens trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. Venture out of the city with trips to Swansea (Melshell Oysters & Spiky Bridge) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and stroll through Honeymoon Bay.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Spiky Bridge, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
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 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit 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 other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur road trip planning 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 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart online road trip planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond, Museum of Old and New Art, Cooks Beach, Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Bellerive Beach ©
Bellerive Beach

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