16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mole Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
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 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Launceston online trip maker .

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. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Launceston to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, then look for gifts at World Of Marbles, and then experience rural life at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape at Alum Cliffs.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mole Creek road trip planning site .

Getting from Launceston to Mole Creek by car takes about an hour. January in Mole Creek sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sheffield, Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese, Alum Cliffs
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Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Strahan (Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill & Hogarth Falls), Gunns Plains (Wings Wildlife Park & Gunns Plains Caves) and Whyte Hills Lookout (in Waratah). On the 7th (Mon), hike the day away at The Overland Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Mole Creek to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Tarraleah.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Strahan, Whyte Hills Lookout
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

1
night
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, then take a peaceful walk through Franklin River Nature Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Tarraleah Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tarraleah trip planner .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Tarraleah by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
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Tarraleah Falls ©
Tarraleah Falls
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout

3
nights
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.
When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see East Coast Natureworld in Bicheno, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Coles Bay online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Tarraleah to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
On the 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site and then head outdoors with Devil's Kitchen.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur online attractions planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Devil's Kitchen, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). On the 15th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Constitution Dock, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart online route planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Bridge
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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