13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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 some historical perspective at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, shop like a local with Salamanca Market, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planning app .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Hobart is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Cooks Beach, Bellerive Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, 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

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, look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site.

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You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

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

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.
Get outdoors at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Melshell Oysters. You'll get in some beach time at Coles Bay Jetty and Friendly Beaches. Step out of Coles Bay to go to Swansea and see Spiky Bridge, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip builder tool .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard, Spiky Bridge
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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 10th (Thu): shop like a local with East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery, stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens route builder app .

Getting from Coles Bay to St Helens by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Design Centre Tasmania and Entally Estate. Step out of the city life by going to Cataract Gorge Reserve and Platypus House. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Seahorse World (in Beauty Point), Coles Beach (in Devonport) and Turners Beach Berry Patch (in Turners Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Goaty Hill Wines, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston trip planner.

Drive from St Helens to Launceston in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Longford, Beauty Point, Turners Beach Berry Patch, Goaty Hill Wines, Coles Beach
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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