18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  3​h
1
Coles Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Stanley
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Launceston
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

5
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.
Visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Ross Female Factory for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: Swansea (Spiky Bridge & East Coast Heritage Museum) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, contemplate the waterfront views at Sleepy Bay, see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, and kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Coles Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane to Coles Bay is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Swansea, Cranbrook, Ross Female Factory
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Freycinet Marine Farm ©
Freycinet Marine Farm

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.
Get in touch with nature at Seven Mile Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Coal Mines Historic Site and St. David's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland), Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Cape Raoul (in Port Arthur). There's much more to do: stroll through Tahune Forest AirWalk, take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, savor the flavors at The Wicked Cheese Co., and do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Hobart

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond, Cape Raoul, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Maria Island National Park, St John the Baptist Chuch
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site

3
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rocky Cape Lighthouse and Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Boat Harbour Beach and Guide Falls Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Stanley: Burnie (Burnie Park & Burnie Regional Art Gallery), Lobster Ponds (in Flowerdale) and Cormorant Bay Recreational Reserve (in Somerset). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Dip River Forest Reserve, get great views at Trethewies Lookout, stop by The Angel's Share, and make a trip to The Big Tree.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanley trip website .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Stanley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mawbanna, Burnie, Guide Falls Farm, Hellyer Gorge, Lobster Ponds
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Lobster Ponds ©
Lobster Ponds
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Hellyer Gorge ©
Hellyer Gorge

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery and Design Centre Tasmania. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Entally Estate and Iron Pot Bay Vineyard. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Bass Strait Maritime Centre (in Devonport), Moores Hill Estate (in Sidmouth) and Turners Beach Berry Patch (in Turners Beach). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Bass & Flinders Centre, admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, and admire the striking features of Franklin House.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

#Wineries, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rowella, Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Jansz Winery, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
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Entally Estate ©
Entally Estate
Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery ©
Bay of Fires Winery ©
Bay of Fires Winery

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