15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  45​h
End: Townsville

5
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.
Relax by the water at Seven Mile Beach and Kingston Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Old and New Art and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, examine the collection at Richmond Gaol, take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planning tool .

Townsville to Hobart is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Townsville in May; daily highs in Hobart reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kingston, Seven Mile Beach, Richmond Gaol, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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 26th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stewarts Bay, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then explore and take pictures at Tessellated Pavement.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Port Arthur trip builder app .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site

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 29th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then take an in-depth tour of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, and finally contemplate the long history of The Old Umbrella Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Launceston travel planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Longford, Platypus House, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

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 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, admire the sheer force of Halls Falls, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and finally learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read St Helens trip planning site .

Getting from Launceston to St Helens by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in St Helens, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Halls Falls
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Halls Falls ©
Halls Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then steep yourself in history at Spiky Bridge, and finally browse the exhibits of Kings Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kings Fine Art Gallery, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Spiky Bridge
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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