23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mole Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): shop like a local with Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Boat Harbour Beach, then explore the activities along Lobster Ponds, then enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, and finally enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stanley route planning tool .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Stanley reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wynyard, Lobster Ponds, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience ©
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Get outdoors at Devils @ Cradle and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake St. Clair and West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan. Get out of town with these interesting Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park side-trips: Philosopher Falls (in Waratah) and Zeehan Rock Shop (in Zeehan). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mole Creek.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Zeehan, Philosopher Falls, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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 31st (Mon): get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, then explore the striking landscape at Alum Cliffs, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave, relax in the rural setting at Melita Honey Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mole Creek planner .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Mole Creek in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chudleigh, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese, House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave

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.
Woolmers Estate and Entally Estate will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Platypus House and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Bay of Fires Winery (in Pipers River), Brickendon Colonial Farm Village (in Longford) and Seahorse World (in Beauty Point). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, take in the exciting artwork at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Launceston sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Mole Creek to Launceston in an hour. January in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Longford, Pipers Brook, Beauty Point, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

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 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Falls Reserve, experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, and finally stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Eureka Farm, see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, get a taste of the local shopping with Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, and finally explore the activities along Little Blue Lake.

Find out how to plan St Helens trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In January in St Helens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

St Marys, Pyengana, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Eureka Farm, Little Blue Lake
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers

4
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.
Relax by the water at Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Freycinet National Park and East Coast Natureworld. Change things up with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip site .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tahune Forest AirWalk and Russell Falls. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Bellerive Beach. Step out of Hobart to go to Buckland and see St John the Baptist Chuch, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, wander the streets of North Hobart, enjoy the sand and surf at Cooks Beach, and steep yourself in history at Salamanca Arts Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell Falls, Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach, Cooks Beach, Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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