17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planning app .

Melbourne to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, admire the landmark architecture of Franklin House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at James Boag Brewery Experience, and appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Launceston trip itinerary planning app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Velo Winery & Cellar Door, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Coles Bay tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck to see Fossil Bay Lookout about 30 minutes away.

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

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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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

5
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 these side-trips from Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and The Sensory Tasmania (in Richmond). On the 8th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Hobart, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Berriedale, Richmond, Macquarie Island
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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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