17 days in Tasmania & Brisbane Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania & Brisbane Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, head off the coast to Macquarie Island, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hobart itinerary planner.

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. In January, Hobart is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, hike along Waterfall Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites, and then hike along Three Capes Track.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterfall Bay, Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: Swansea (Spiky Beach Conservation Area & Melshell Oysters). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's still lots to do: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and make a trip to Mt Amos Climb.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Swansea, Coles Bay Jetty, Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Craigie Knowe Vineyard
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Spiky Beach Conservation Area ©
Spiky Beach Conservation Area

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 find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: North East Rail Trail (in Scottsdale) and Woolmers Estate (in Longford). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, browse the exhibits of Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, and stroll through City Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Launceston trip builder tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Woolmers Estate, North East Rail Trail
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck, Infinity Attraction, & more). There's much more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online vacation planner .

Getting from Launceston to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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