13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
On the 7th (Sat), stroll around City Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Launceston trip itinerary builder website .

Brisbane to Launceston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Launceston are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are colder (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

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
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online trip maker .

Getting from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to St Helens.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

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 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St Helens tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to St Helens takes 5 hours. In December in St Helens, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Wildlife 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

3
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.
Visit Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and East Coast Natureworld. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay road trip planning app .

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site, and then contemplate the long history of Government Cottage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Kayaking & Canoeing. Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Hobart Convict Penitentiary are in your itinerary. On the 18th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

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