17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​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:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, then contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, and then take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stanley trip planner .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Stanley at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough 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 27 — 28:
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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 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then admire the masterpieces at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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.
Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Launceston vacation planner .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 Oysters (in Swansea) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Kings Fine Art Gallery, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Dolphin Sands
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, and make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur road trip planning tool .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. On the 10th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hobart route planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows 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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