18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Ulverstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Stanley
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Sheffield
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Strahan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ulverstone trip itinerary app .

Brisbane to Ulverstone is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Ulverstone, with highs around 25°C, while nights are colder with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Giant Penguin, Narawntapu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Narawntapu National Park ©
Narawntapu National Park
Preston Falls ©
Preston Falls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Platypus House. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Platypus House. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls, then view the masterpieces at The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston attractions planning tool .

Drive from Ulverstone to Launceston in 1.5 hours. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, Delamere Vineyards, Platypus House, Holm Oak Vineyards
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Platypus House ©
Platypus House
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and then get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friendly Beaches, and then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner .

You can 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 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

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.
Port Arthur Ghost Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, get outside with Tasman Arch, and then get thoroughly spooked out with Port Arthur Ghost Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Fortescue Bay, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Port Arthur online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site
Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay

1
night
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've added Helicopter Tours, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Bruny Island Traveller Day Tour, 7D Cinema, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), watch a film at 7D Cinema, let your taste buds guide you at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Bruny Island Traveller Day Tour, take a memorable excursion with Tassie Tours Tasmania, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hobart day trip planning app .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Seven Mile Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tassie Tours Tasmania ©
Tassie Tours Tasmania
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

3
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Stanley Seal Cruises has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Stanley Seal Cruises, enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Trethewies Lookout.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Stanley attractions site .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Stanley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Stanley, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sheffield.

Things to do in Stanley

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience ©
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve

3
nights
Sheffield

Sheffield ©
Sheffield is a town 23 kilometres inland from Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania. You've now added Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot and then get engrossed in the history at Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to King George V Park Mosaic Pathway, Head underground at King Solomans Caves, then stop by The Emporium, and finally don't miss a visit to Tasmania’s Town of Murals.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sheffield online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Sheffield takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sheffield are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sheffield

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Devils @ Cradle, Alum Cliffs
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
King Solomans Caves ©
King Solomans Caves

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
West Coast Wilderness Railway has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the old-fashioned way with West Coast Wilderness Railway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strahan trip planner .

You can drive from Sheffield to Strahan in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Strahan

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Spion Kop Lookout, Franklin River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill
Spion Kop Lookout ©
Spion Kop Lookout

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