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:  2​h 45​min
2
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, get a sense of history and politics at City of Launceston Town Hall, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Launceston trip itinerary planner .

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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Launceston reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Beauty Point
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage, then make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, then contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, then visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, and then take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Stanley trip planner .

You can drive from Launceston to Stanley in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. December in Stanley sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wynyard
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach

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 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

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

Nature Parks
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff

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 Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Swansea (Spiky Bridge & Melshell Oysters). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Coles Bay journey site .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Spiky Bridge, Coles Bay Jetty
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
Port Arthur is known for historic sites, trails, nature, breweries & distilleries, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park, explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip maker .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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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.
Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 30 minutes away. On the 10th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hobart online itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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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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