15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Orford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Stanley
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get curious at Grote Reber Museum, look for gifts at Nutpatch, and head off the coast to Macquarie Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hobart, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grote Reber Museum, Macquarie Island, Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites, and then trek along Three Capes Track. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, explore the activities along Fortescue Bay, and then appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur online journey planner .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Orford.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

2
nights
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 3rd (Fri), head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, get great views at Three Thumbs Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Raspins Beach. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Darlington Vineyard, then have some family-friendly fun at Redbanks, and then experience rural life at Twamley Farm.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Orford driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Orford takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Orford can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maria Island National Park, Redbanks, Twamley Farm
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm

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.
Bring the kids along to Wineglass Bay Lookout and Freycinet National Park. Take a break from Coles Bay with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb, explore and take pictures at Coles Bay Jetty, and learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Coles Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Orford to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty, Craigie Knowe Vineyard
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cataract Gorge Reserve and Notley Fern Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Woolmers Estate (in Longford) and Seahorse World (in Beauty Point). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, learn about winemaking at The Pinot Shop, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston travel planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Launceston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Notley Fern Gorge, Woolmers Estate, Seahorse World
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Seahorse World ©
Seahorse World
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage, make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, then get great views at HA Lane Memorial Lookout, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boat Harbour Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stanley road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Stanley takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Harbour Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site

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