12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
ferry + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  18​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Visiting The Tamar Valley and Lilydale Falls will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and Entally House. Venture out of the city with trips to Loira Vines (in Sidmouth), Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, learn about winemaking at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and explore the galleries of Franklin House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Launceston online visit planner .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, Delamere Vineyards, Tamar Valley Art Shack, Narawntapu National Park, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village

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 30th (Wed): play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St Helens trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in St Helens are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Thu), learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Freycinet Marine Farm, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and then kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coles Bay online travel planner .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Craigie Knowe Vineyard
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass 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 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then contemplate the waterfront views at Stewarts Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to The Separate Prison.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur route planning app .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites
The Separate Prison ©
The Separate Prison

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Seven Mile Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hartz Mountains National Park and Tahune Forest AirWalk. Change things up with a short trip to Raptor Refuge in Kettering (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kingston Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at St. David's Park, and browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart planning website .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Raptor Refuge, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Hartz Mountains National Park
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Hartz Mountains National Park ©
Hartz Mountains National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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