18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  7​h
1
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Mole Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  10​h
8
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Campbell Town
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanley trip planning website .

Sydney to Stanley is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Stanley at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

2
nights
Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at O'Neills Creek Picnic Reserve, then Head underground at King Solomans Caves, then explore the striking landscape at Alum Cliffs, and finally don't miss a visit to The Big Tasmanian Devil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mole Creek Caves, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Westmorland Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mole Creek journey planning tool .

Getting from Stanley to Mole Creek by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Alum Cliffs, O'Neills Creek Picnic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
King Solomans Caves ©
King Solomans Caves

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 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Entally House, steep yourself in history at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, look for gifts at Goaty Hill Wines, then learn about winemaking at Moores Hill Estate, then learn about winemaking at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and finally admire the striking features of Franklin House.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Launceston vacation app .

Getting from Mole Creek to Launceston by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rowella, Goaty Hill Wines, Moores Hill Estate, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Entally House ©
Entally House
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, then play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St Helens vacation planner .

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Golf Tours
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The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay itinerary planner .

Getting from St Helens to Coles Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. David's Cathedral, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, admire the landmark architecture of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Shene Tasmania, and finally look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond, Shene Tasmania, Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

3
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 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barn Bluff and then take in the dramatic scenery at Philosopher Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at King William Saddle, then take some stellar pictures from Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Arthur.

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

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Derwent Bridge, Philosopher Falls, Tarraleah Power Station Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Philosopher Falls ©
Philosopher Falls
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station 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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Shipstern Bluff, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Bay, then explore the activities along Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck, and finally pause for some photo ops at Dog Line. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur travel route builder .

Do a combination of car and bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Port Arthur in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Campbell Town.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites
Waterfall Bay ©
Waterfall Bay

2
nights
Campbell Town

Campbell Town ©
Campbell Town is a town in Tasmania, Australia, on the Midland Highway. On the 30th (Mon), stroll around Valentine Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Campbell Town trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Campbell Town in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Campbell Town

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Dulverton, Classwood, Ross Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Valentine Park ©
Valentine Park
Ross Bridge ©
Ross Bridge
The Book Cellar ©
The Book Cellar

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