30 days in Tasmania Itinerary

30 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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30 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
ferry + Drive:  11​h
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Strathgordon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Lunawanna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
South Mount Cameron
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Entally House. Step out of the city life by going to Cataract Gorge Reserve and Tamar Island Wetlands. And it doesn't end there: walk around City Park, see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Launceston travel tool .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Launceston to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, and then cruise along Boat Harbour Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Stanley trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Stanley takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wynyard, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience ©
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site and "Wee Georgie Wood". Step out of the city life by going to Dove Lake Circuit and Devils @ Cradle. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair, make a trip to Barn Bluff, take in the awesome beauty at Cradle Mountain, and admire the sheer force of Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Queenstown.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site, "Wee Georgie Wood"
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
Escape the urban bustle at Hogarth Falls and Ocean Beach. West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and Eric Thomas Galley Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Zeehan Rock Shop (in Zeehan), The Wall in the Wilderness (in Derwent Bridge) and Strahan (Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill & Henty Dunes). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Horsetail Falls, admire the sheer force of Nelson Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Spion Kop Lookout.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Strathgordon.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Strahan, Zeehan, Iron Blow Lookout, Franklin River Nature Trail, The Wall in the Wilderness
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Nelson Falls ©
Nelson Falls
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill

3
nights
Strathgordon

Strathgordon ©
Step out of the city life by going to Maydena Bike Park and Styx Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Strathgordon: Mount Field National Park (Tarn Shelf & Lake Dobson).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Strathgordon trip planner .

You can drive from Queenstown to Strathgordon in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Strathgordon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Field National Park, Maydena, Gordon River
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Lake Dobson ©
Lake Dobson
Maydena Bike Park ©
Maydena Bike Park
Gordon River ©
Gordon River

3
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.
On the 4th (Mon), browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip app .

Traveling by car from Strathgordon to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lunawanna.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Lunawanna

Lunawanna ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Bruny Lighthouse and Bruny Island Premium Wines. Take a break from the city and head to Fluted Cape Trail and South Bruny National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lunawanna: Art at The Point Gallery (in Dennes Point) and Bruny Island Honey (in Great Bay).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lunawanna road trip app .

Drive from Hobart to Lunawanna in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Lunawanna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Lunawanna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Bruny Island Honey, Art at The Point Gallery
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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South Bruny National Park ©
South Bruny National Park
Cape Bruny Lighthouse ©
Cape Bruny Lighthouse
Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Coal Mines Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur trip planner.

You can drive from Lunawanna to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. In November in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taranna, Fortescue Bay, Coal Mines Historic Site
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

2
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.
On the 13th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and then do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to South Mount Cameron.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kings Fine Art Gallery, Spiky Bridge, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
South Mount Cameron

South Mount Cameron ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Mount Cameron online day trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to South Mount Cameron in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in South Mount Cameron

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings, Chinese Heritage Mining Area, Lost Farm Barnbougle Golf Course, The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre and Cafe
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Little Blue Lake ©
Little Blue Lake
Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings ©
Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings

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