27 days in Tasmania Itinerary

27 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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27 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Gladstone
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Richmond
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Bicheno
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Ulverstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Zeehan
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
9
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Geeveston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Gladstone


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1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner.

Gladstone to Hobart is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Gladstone in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Richmond

Richmond ©
Richmond is a town in Tasmania about 25 km north-east of Hobart, in the Coal River region, between the Midland Highway and Tasman Highway. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Nonesuch Distillery, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, look for gifts at The Sensory Tasmania, then do a tasting at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the long history of Shene Tasmania.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Richmond travel itinerary planner.

Richmond is very close to Hobart. In December in Richmond, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Richmond

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Shene Tasmania, Nonesuch Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Shene Tasmania ©
Shene Tasmania
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Richmond Bridge ©
Richmond Bridge

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Three Capes Track and Tasman Arch. Step out of Port Arthur to go to Eaglehawk Neck and see Waterfall Bay, which is approximately 32 minutes away.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Arthur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Richmond to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bicheno.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gala Estate Vineyard, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Honeymoon Bay
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

2
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. On the 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, then browse the exhibits of Waubs Bay Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, take some stellar pictures from Whalers Lookout, and then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bicheno online holiday planner .

Bicheno is very close to Coles Bay. December in Bicheno sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Iron Pot Bay Vineyard and Tamar Ridge Cellar Door. Take a break from Launceston with a short trip to Brickendon Colonial Farm Village in Longford, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, walk around City Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bicheno to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. December in Launceston sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ulverstone.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, Iron Pot Bay Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Franklin River Nature Trail. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Franklin River Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Wings Wildlife Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gunns Plains Caves, and finally take in breathtaking views at Leven Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, admire the natural beauty at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, and then wander the streets of Tasmania’s Town of Murals.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ulverstone day trip tool .

You can drive from Launceston to Ulverstone in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Tasmania’s Town of Murals, Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, Franklin River Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden ©
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden

1
night
Zeehan

Zeehan ©
Zeehan is a town on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia 139km south-west of Burnie. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Reece Dam, then don't miss a visit to Spray Tunnel, then get engrossed in the history at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, and finally stop by Zeehan Rock Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zeehan day trip site .

You can drive from Ulverstone to Zeehan in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Zeehan

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
Spray Tunnel ©
Spray Tunnel
Reece Dam ©
Reece Dam

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks and Wilderness Whisky, then see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and finally stroll through Ocean Beach. On the next day, get outside with Henty Dunes.

Before you visit Strahan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Zeehan to Strahan in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Henty Dunes ©
Henty Dunes
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff and then stroll through Crater Lake Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, take some stellar pictures from King William Saddle, then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

Drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Geeveston.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

King William Saddle, Tarraleah Power Station Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff

3
nights
Geeveston

Geeveston ©
A small town known as Australia's southernmost administrative center, Geeveston serves as the gateway to Hartz Mountains National Park.
You've now added Tahune Forest AirWalk to your itinerary. On the 20th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Enchanted Woods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): trek along Tahune Forest AirWalk, then take in the exciting artwork at Woodbridge Art and Craft Gallery, and then learn about winemaking at Hartzview Vineyard.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geeveston travel route planner.

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Geeveston in 6.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Geeveston are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geeveston

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pagan Cider, Hartzview Vineyard, Enchanted Woods, Woodbridge Art and Craft Gallery, Hartz Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Hartz Mountains National Park ©
Hartz Mountains National Park
Hartzview Vineyard ©
Hartzview Vineyard

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): wander the streets of North Hobart and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip maker website .

You can drive from Geeveston to Hobart in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Food Tours

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