17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  34​h
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Devonport
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Seven Mile Beach and Opossum Bay Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Old and New Art and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, wander the streets of Sullivans Cove, see Multi-day Tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hobart trip builder app .

Brisbane to Hobart is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, Hobart is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Museum of Old and New Art, Opossum Bay Beach, Kingston Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
On the 15th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Port Arthur Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Bay, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Three Capes Track, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then steep yourself in history at Model Prison, and finally don't miss a visit to The Separate Prison.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmania, Waterfall Bay
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

4
nights
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.
Tasmanian Wool Centre. and Kings Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coles Bay: Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, stroll through Honeymoon Bay, and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary site .

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Cranbrook, Tasmanian Wool Centre., Kings Fine Art Gallery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tasmanian Wool Centre. ©
Tasmanian Wool Centre.
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, learn about winemaking at Moores Hill Estate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seahorse World, then identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, and finally admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, learn about winemaking at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Devonport.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Moores Hill Estate, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Holm Oak Vineyards
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Platypus House ©
Platypus House
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Holm Oak Vineyards ©
Holm Oak Vineyards

3
nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit and then take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lillico Beach Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Burnie Regional Museum, then examine the collection at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, then explore the world behind art at Makers Workshop, and finally make a trip to Giant Penguin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Devonport driving holiday website .

Getting from Launceston to Devonport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Burnie, Giant Penguin, Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre
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Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Makers Workshop ©
Makers Workshop
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

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