16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tarraleah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Auckland Central

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.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Town Clock. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Launceston online itinerary planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Launceston is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Launceston. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland Central in December: highs in Launceston hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. Visiting Friendly Beaches and Freycinet National Park will get you outdoors. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oysters (in Swansea). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard and get a taste of the local shopping with Waubs Bay Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty, Melshell Oysters, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oysters ©
Melshell Oysters
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Maria Island National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Orford day trip planning app .

Drive from Coles Bay to Orford in 1.5 hours. In December in Orford, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Thumbs Lookout ©
Three Thumbs Lookout

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Tasman Arch and then trek along Three Capes Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip maker website .

Drive from Orford to Port Arthur in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tarraleah.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Tasman Arch
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site

2
nights
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then delve into the lush surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tarraleah day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Tarraleah takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tasmania, Lake St. Clair
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach. Attractions like Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Long Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, stop by Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery, see the interesting displays at Mona, and shop like a local with Salamanca Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tarraleah to Hobart takes 2 hours. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island, Cooks Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Mona
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Bellerive Beach ©
Bellerive Beach

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