15 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Melbourne & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Port Arthur
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Lunawanna
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
8
South Bruny
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Devonport
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Cairns


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2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 9th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria and then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Cairns to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 20th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seahorse World, look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Launceston trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in August, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Museums
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 12th (Mon), you're off toStrahan.

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

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Strahan tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Nature Shopping
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Wilderness Woodworks Strahan ©
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart planner .

You can drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In August in Hobart, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

1
day
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Three Capes Track.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

1
night
Lunawanna

Lunawanna ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): hike along Fluted Cape Trail, then learn about winemaking at Bruny Island Premium Wines, and then don't miss a visit to The Neck.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lunawanna journey maker site .

Getting from Port Arthur to Lunawanna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Bruny.

Things to do in Lunawanna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Neck, Fluted Cape Trail
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The Neck ©
The Neck
Fluted Cape Trail ©
Fluted Cape Trail
Bruny Island Premium Wines ©
Bruny Island Premium Wines

1
night
South Bruny

South Bruny ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Bruny Island Chocolate Company and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our South Bruny online trip planner .

South Bruny is just a stone's throw from Lunawanna. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Devonport.

Things to do in South Bruny

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cape Bruny Lighthouse
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse ©
Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): walk around The Tasmanian Arboretum, examine the collection at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, browse for treasures at Antique Emporium, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Southern Wild Distillery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Mersey Bluff Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lillico Beach Conservation Area.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Devonport tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South Bruny to Devonport. August in Devonport sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot
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The Tasmanian Arboretum ©
The Tasmanian Arboretum
House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate ©

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning website .

You can fly from Devonport to Melbourne in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Devonport in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 6°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Block Arcade ©
Block Arcade

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