16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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 12th (Thu): walk around City Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Brush Rabbit, look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane to Launceston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Launceston, with highs around 25°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Brush Rabbit, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Iron Pot Bay Vineyard
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, then make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Stanley trip planner .

Drive from Launceston to Stanley in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Stanley are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to St Helens.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

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 18th (Wed): admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens online holiday planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to St Helens by car takes about 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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
The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wineglass Bay Lookout and East Coast Natureworld. Relax by the water at Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse the exhibits of Kings Fine Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip planner.

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Coles Bay Jetty
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Family-friendly places like Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Lime Bay State Reserve will thrill your kids. Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Port Arthur to see Three Capes Track about 1h 10 min away. On the 26th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart itinerary builder website .

Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Seven Mile Beach, Kingston Beach, Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

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