13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  20​h
1
Launceston
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mount Field National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: San Francisco


1
day
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 3rd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Launceston vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Launceston is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is 18 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 63°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

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

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Eureka Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, and finally kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St Helens trip itinerary website .

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in St Helens are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Eureka Farm, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Eureka Farm ©
Eureka Farm
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall

2
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.
On the 5th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Wineglass Bay Lookout, stop by Freycinet Marine Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty and then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary site .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coles Bay Jetty, East Coast Natureworld
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Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for gifts at Providore 24, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Stanley road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Stanley in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 8th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Westmorland Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff and then stroll through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip website .

Drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Field National Park.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Westmorland Falls
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Westmorland Falls ©
Westmorland Falls

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night
Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park ©
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Dobson, relax in the rural setting at Willow Creek Miniature Goats, and then admire the sheer force of Russell Falls.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mount Field National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Mount Field National Park in 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mount Field National Park are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Mount Field National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Willow Creek Miniature Goats
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Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Willow Creek Miniature Goats ©
Willow Creek Miniature Goats

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seven Mile Beach and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lime Bay State Reserve and Opossum Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mona, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and kick back and relax at Kingston Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hobart driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mount Field National Park to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hobart are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Opossum Bay Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Lime Bay State Reserve, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Kingston Beach
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach
Kingston Beach ©
Kingston Beach

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