28 days in Tasmania Itinerary

28 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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28 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
King Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mount Field National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
King Island

King Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at King Island Rambles, then enjoy the sea views from Currie Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at King Island Cultural Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at King Island Kelp Craft. On the next day, stop by King Island Dairy, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Wickham Lighthouse, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Wickham Links.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the King Island visit planning site .

Melbourne to King Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in King Island

Parks Historic Sites Golf
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King Island Rambles ©
King Island Rambles
Currie Lighthouse ©
Currie Lighthouse
Cape Wickham Lighthouse ©
Cape Wickham Lighthouse

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 31st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage, then don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, and finally enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Boat Harbour Beach, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then look for gifts at The Angel's Share, and finally explore the galleries of Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Stanley online tour builder .

Explore your travel options from King Island to Stanley with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Stanley are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Rocky Cape Lighthouse, Boat Harbour Beach
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Design Centre Tasmania and Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery. Head to Goaty Hill Wines and Evandale Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to ONTRAK Gallery (in Sheffield), Deloraine Creative Studios (in Deloraine) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, savor the flavors at Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market, stroll around City Park, and browse the exhibits of Greenoaks Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston holiday website .

You can drive from Stanley to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Longford, Evandale, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Pioneer Gallery, Deloraine Creative Studios
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

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.
Do your shopping at Melshell Oysters and Kings Fine Art Gallery. Relax by the water at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Honeymoon Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wineglass Bay, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay attractions planner .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin Sands, Freycinet, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, East Coast Natureworld, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lime Bay State Reserve and Stewarts Bay. Popular historic sites such as Port Arthur Historic Site and Government Cottage are in your itinerary.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur trip planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Hobart Convict Penitentiary are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate in Kettering--about 42 minutes away. On the 16th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Salamanca Market, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and browse the fresh offerings at Farm Gate Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart journey planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mount Field National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

3
nights
Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park ©
Visiting Russell Falls and Tall Trees Walk will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Mount Field National Park to Ouse to see Lawrenny Estate Distillery about 30 minutes away.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mount Field National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Mount Field National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Mount Field National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Maydena, Lawrenny Estate Distillery
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:
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Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Maydena Bike Park ©
Maydena Bike Park
Lady Barron Falls ©
Lady Barron Falls

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Visiting Dove Lake Circuit and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery and "Wee Georgie Wood". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Hellyer Gorge (in Parrawe) and Wilmot Country Store (in Wilmot). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle, take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Mount Field National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, "Wee Georgie Wood", Wilmot Country Store, Hellyer Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

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