17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Derwent Bridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Platypus House (in Beauty Point). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, and stroll around City Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Launceston travel route planning website .

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 April, things will get little chillier in Launceston: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at "Wee Georgie Wood", contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and finally trek along Crater Lake Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Derwent Bridge.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

1
night
Derwent Bridge

Derwent Bridge ©
Derwent Bridge is a locality on the Lyell Highway at the southern edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.It is just south of Lake St Clair and the Lake St Clair visitor centre; and it is north of Lake King William and the Butlers Gorge Power Station.It is also the last inhabited location before Linda Valley in the West Coast Range - this section of the highway passes through the Wild Rivers National Park. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, pause for some photo ops at The Wall in the Wilderness, and then stroll through Franklin River Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Derwent Bridge trip planner.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Derwent Bridge by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Derwent Bridge

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
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The Wall in the Wilderness ©
The Wall in the Wilderness

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Derwent Bridge to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 25th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Darlington Vineyard, take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout, let little ones run wild at Tasmanian Bushland Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Baptist Chuch, and finally relax in the rural setting at Twamley Farm.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Orford visit planning site .

Drive from Coles Bay to Orford in 1.5 hours. In April in Orford, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Buckland
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Tasmanian Bushland Garden ©
Tasmanian Bushland Garden
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm
Darlington Vineyard ©
Darlington Vineyard

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Fossil Bay Lookout in Eaglehawk Neck (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, and steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Arthur day trip app .

Traveling by car from Orford to Port Arthur takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Maria Island National Park
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

4
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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart journey planner .

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

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

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