30 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

30 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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30 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  31​h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
8
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Exeter

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park, meet the residents at Seahorse World, identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, then stop by Goaty Hill Wines, and finally do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Launceston trip planning site .

Exeter, UK to Launceston is an approximately 31-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is 10 hours. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Holm Oak Vineyards, Goaty Hill Wines
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the St Helens attractions planner .

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Wineglass Bay Lookout and Coles Bay Jetty. Visit Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: Swansea (Melshell Oysters & Spiky Bridge). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Spiky Bridge, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park and then appreciate the history behind Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Orford trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Coles Bay to Orford in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Orford can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tasmania
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial ©
Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial

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.
Kids will enjoy Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach. Get outdoors at Mount Wellington and Three Capes Track. Change things up with a short trip to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, stroll through Opossum Bay Beach, examine the collection at Mona, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart tour website .

You can drive from Orford to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tarraleah.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Macquarie Island, Seven Mile Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

1
night
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get great views at Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Franklin River Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarraleah Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tarraleah online road trip planner .

Drive from Hobart to Tarraleah in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
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Tarraleah Falls ©
Tarraleah Falls
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Take a break from the city and head to Dove Lake Circuit and Lake St. Clair. Change things up with these side-trips from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: "Wee Georgie Wood" (in Tullah) and Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains). On the 29th (Sat), hike the day away at The Overland Track. The adventure continues: trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barn Bluff, and stroll through Larmairremener tabelti.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Tarraleah to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Gunns Plains Caves, "Wee Georgie Wood"
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Family-friendly places like Sandridge Beach and Werribee Open Range Zoo will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ocean Beach (in Nelson), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Chelsea Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, Mount Martha Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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