21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
1
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Devonport
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
6
Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll explore and learn at Port Arthur Historic Site and Federation Artisan Chocolate. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Lime Bay State Reserve. Explore Port Arthur's surroundings by going to Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River) and Waterfall Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip planning site .

Sydney to Port Arthur is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, ferry, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Port Arthur at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taranna, Waterfall Bay, Coal Mines Historic Site
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site

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.
Shop till you drop at Nolan Art Gallery & School and Salamanca Market. Step out of the city life by going to Tahune Forest AirWalk and Long Beach. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate (in Kettering) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and stop by Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hobart online attractions planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks, get engrossed in the history at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, and then examine the collection at Eric Thomas Galley Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Strahan sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Hobart to Strahan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, Eric Thomas Galley Museum, Sarah Island Historic Site
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West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Sarah Island Historic Site ©
Sarah Island Historic Site
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan ©
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan

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 21st (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Cradle Mountain and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at The Wall in the Wilderness and then trek along Franklin River Nature Trail.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Devonport.

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

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin River Nature Trail, The Wall in the Wilderness
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
The Wall in the Wilderness ©
The Wall in the Wilderness

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch, identify plant and animal life at Wings Wildlife Park, then look for gifts at World Of Marbles, and finally view the masterpieces at The Working Art Space and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coles Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Devonport journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sheffield, Wings Wildlife Park, Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts, Turners Beach Berry Patch
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Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch
World Of Marbles ©
World Of Marbles

5
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Entally Estate and Brickendon Estate will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena), Brickendon Colonial Farm Village (in Longford) and Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, revel in the low prices at Waverly Woolen Mills Factory Outlet, take in the exciting artwork at The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Evandale Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Launceston day trip website .

Drive from Devonport to Launceston in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Longford, Evandale Market, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Goaty Hill Wines, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Coles Bay. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, then do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and finally examine the collection at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay trip planner .

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Nature Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Freycinet, Cranbrook, Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Spring Vale Wines ©
Spring Vale Wines

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