18 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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18 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bicheno
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Burnie
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Hong Kong

3
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.
Visit Seven Mile Beach and Kingston Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Three Capes Track and Maria Island National Park. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of North Hobart, pause for some photo ops at Canadian Exiles Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Myrtle Forest, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Presbyterian Church.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip itinerary planner.

Hong Kong, China to Hobart is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) is 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in October, with highs in Hobart at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bicheno.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Three Capes Track, Seven Mile Beach, Maria Island National Park
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

3
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. You'll get in some beach time at Wineglass Bay and Honeymoon Bay. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and East Coast Natureworld. Go for a jaunt from Bicheno to Dolphin Sands to see Kings Fine Art Gallery about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, and do a tasting at Freycinet Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bicheno day trip tool .

You can drive from Hobart to Bicheno in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hobart in October, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Bicheno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Bicheno

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Coles Bay, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Honeymoon Bay
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

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 7th (Mon), do a tasting at Sharmans Wines, take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, do a tasting at Bay of Fires Winery, then do a tasting at Delamere Vineyards, and finally admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Ben Lomond Ski Resort.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston road trip planning app .

You can drive from Bicheno to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Delamere Vineyards, Ben Lomond Ski Resort, Bay of Fires Winery
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Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls
Ben Lomond Ski Resort ©
Ben Lomond Ski Resort
Bay of Fires Winery ©
Bay of Fires Winery

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake St. Clair and Dove Lake Circuit. Escape the urban bustle at Devils @ Cradle and Philosopher Falls. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Burnie.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Philosopher Falls
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

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Burnie

Burnie ©
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Fossil Bluff, let little ones run wild at Burnie Park, and then see the interesting displays at Burnie Regional Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Burnie day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Burnie takes 3.5 hours. October in Burnie sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Burnie

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Fossil Bluff
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Fossil Bluff ©
Fossil Bluff
Makers Workshop ©
Makers Workshop
Burnie Regional Museum ©
Burnie Regional Museum

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Brighton Beach and Frankston Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zero Latency. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach, get outside with Australian Rules Football Match, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Burnie to Melbourne with the Route module. Traveling from Burnie in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Frankston Beach, Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Frankston Beach ©
Frankston Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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