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
— 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
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through City Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston travel itinerary planner.

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: highs in Launceston hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Platypus House
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

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 8th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Halls Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St Helens sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in St Helens are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Halls Falls, 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
Halls Falls ©
Halls Falls

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Wineglass Bay Lookout and Spiky Beach Conservation Area. Get outdoors at Freycinet National Park and Freycinet Marine Farm. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Melshell Oysters (in Swansea) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and browse the exhibits of Waubs Bay Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip planner.

Drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Spring Vale Wines, Melshell Oyster Shack, Waubs Bay Gallery
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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 12th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site and then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and then hike along Three Capes Track.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur day trip site .

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Trails

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Kingston Beach and Long Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Sweets and Treats (in Richmond) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and step aboard May Queen.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Richmond, Tasmania, Kingston Beach
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

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