21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Devonport
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Stanley: Dip River Forest Reserve (in Mawbanna) and Boat Harbour Beach (in Wynyard). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Stanley Discovery Museum, get great views at HA Lane Memorial Lookout, and make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Stanley trip site .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Stanley hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Devonport.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dip River Forest Reserve, Boat Harbour Beach
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Devonport side-trips: Makers Workshop (in Burnie), Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Dove Lake Circuit & Cradle Mountain). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts, identify plant and animal life at Lillico Beach Conservation Area, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Emporium, and walk around The Tasmanian Arboretum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Devonport attractions tool .

You can drive from Stanley to Devonport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Devonport, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Gunns Plains Caves, Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts, Makers Workshop
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Seahorse World (in Beauty Point). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston travel planner .

Take a bus from Devonport to Launceston in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Delamere Vineyards, Four Corners of Ross, Woolmers Estate, St Columba Waterfall, Seahorse World
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coles Bay: Dolphin Sands (Kings Fine Art Gallery & Melshell Oyster Shack) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, and make a trip to Mt Amos Climb.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Coles Bay journey planner.

Getting from Launceston to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Dolphin Sands, Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

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.
Take a break from Port Arthur with a short trip to Fossil Bay Lookout in Eaglehawk Neck, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul, and make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur journey planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Fossil Bay Lookout
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hobart road trip planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©

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