15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Wynyard
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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 17th (Sat), take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge and then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands, steep yourself in history at Entally House, then contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, then stop by The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Launceston road trip planning app .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Wynyard.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
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Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls

1
night
Wynyard

Wynyard ©
Wynyard is a rural town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia, about 17km west of Burnie. On the 19th (Mon), look for gifts at Lemon Tree Providore, visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, then examine the collection at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, and finally take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wynyard route planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Wynyard takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Wynyard are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Wynyard

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Table Cape Lighthouse Experience ©
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
Lemon Tree Providore ©
Lemon Tree Providore

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake St. Clair and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Dove Lake Circuit and Hellyer Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Spray Tunnel in Zeehan (about 1h 15 min away). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wynyard to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Spray Tunnel, Hellyer Gorge, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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.
Relax by the water at Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and East Coast Natureworld. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook) and Swansea (Kate's Berry Farm & Spiky Bridge). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, stop by Freycinet Marine Farm, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cranbrook, Swansea, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Raoul and Port Arthur Historic Site. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coal Mines Historic Site and Tessellated Pavement.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur, Coal Mines Historic Site
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Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Refuge and Tahune Forest AirWalk. Your inner history buff will appreciate St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and Richmond Gaol. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard, stroll through Kingston Beach, and wander the streets of North Hobart.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond, Seven Mile Beach, Raptor Refuge, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Kingston Beach
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol

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