15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  8​h
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 30​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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Old and New Art and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Richmond Gaol will appeal to museum buffs. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, and take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart travel site .

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. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Townsville in May, with highs in Hobart at 18°C and lows at 7°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kingston, Seven Mile Beach, Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Gaol
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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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 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Coal Mines Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the activities along Stewarts Bay, take an in-depth tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip builder .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Coal Mines Historic Site, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, and finally steep yourself in history at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, 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.

Before you visit Launceston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Launceston are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Longford, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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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 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Halls Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and finally do a tasting at Priory Ridge.

Before you visit St Helens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors 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

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then steep yourself in history at Spiky Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kings Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay attractions website .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Spiky Bridge, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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