22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sheffield
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Attractions like Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Train Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Hobart to go to Richmond and see Zoodoo Zoo, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art.

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Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Hobart hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Richmond, Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Museum of Old and New Art, Grote Reber Museum
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Zoodoo Zoo ©
Zoodoo Zoo

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Stewarts Bay and Lime Bay State Reserve. Explore Port Arthur's surroundings by going to Eaglehawk Neck (Fortescue Bay & Fossil Bay Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage, head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, and stroll through Three Capes Track.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Arthur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Stewarts Bay ©
Stewarts Bay
Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay

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.
Family-friendly places like Friendly Beaches and Spiky Beach Conservation Area will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Denison Beach (in Bicheno), Raspins Beach (in Orford) and Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery.

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You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Melshell Oyster Shack, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Raspins Beach
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Spiky Beach Conservation Area ©
Spiky Beach Conservation Area
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

2
nights
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 12th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Bay of Fires, then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Blue Lake, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and finally experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then do a tasting at Priory Ridge, then view the masterpieces at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the St Helens sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to St Helens takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in St Helens are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

St Marys, Pyengana Dairy, Bay of Fires, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Little Blue Lake
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Pyengana Dairy ©
Pyengana Dairy

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.
Family-friendly places like Seahorse World and Tasmania Zoo will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Honey Tasmania - The Beehive (in Exeter), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, enjoy the sand and surf at Coles Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Launceston trip planner .

You can drive from St Helens to Launceston in 2.5 hours. In January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sheffield.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Seahorse World, Holm Oak Vineyards, Coles Beach, Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Seahorse World ©
Seahorse World
Tasmania Zoo ©
Tasmania Zoo

3
nights
Sheffield

Sheffield
Sheffield is a town 23 kilometres inland from Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Venture out of the city with trips to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake Circuit, & more), Mole Creek (Mole Creek Caves & Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary) and Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot and don't miss a visit to Mosaic Pathway.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sheffield online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Launceston to Sheffield in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sheffield are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sheffield

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Mole Creek, Alum Cliffs
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain

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