16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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


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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seven Mile Beach and Opossum Bay Beach. St. David's Cathedral and Hobart Full Gospel Central Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston). Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and stroll through Bellerive Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary maker app .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
On the 22nd (Fri), appreciate the history behind Dog Line, then kick back and relax at Fortescue Bay, and then hike along Three Capes Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site, then explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, and then contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip planning tool .

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Coal Mines Historic Site
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Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site

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.
Visit Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Friendly Beaches for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Melshell Oysters. Step out of Coles Bay with an excursion to Three Thumbs Lookout in Orford--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Maria Island National Park, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Swansea, Gala Estate Vineyard, Maria Island National Park, Three Thumbs Lookout, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Take a break from the city and head to Gunns Plains Caves and Wings Wildlife Park. Explore hidden gems such as The Overland Track and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Step out of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to go to Ulverstone and see Preston Falls, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Stanley.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Preston Falls
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Stanley tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Stanley takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Stanley can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

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

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 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, then admire the sheer force of Liffey Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Trevallyn.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Launceston trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Stanley to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. March in Launceston sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longford, Liffey Falls
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Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

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