30 days in Tasmania, Phillip Island & Melbourne Itinerary

30 days in Tasmania, Phillip Island & Melbourne Itinerary

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30 days in Tasmania, Phillip Island & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  31​h
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mount Field National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mole Creek
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Exeter


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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Tamar Valley and Platypus House. Get outdoors at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Tamar Island Wetlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Seahorse World (in Beauty Point) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to The Town Clock.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Launceston trip planner.

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. Traveling from Exeter to Launceston, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Holm Oak Vineyards
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then do a tasting at Priory Ridge, and finally stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Falls Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Blue Tier, and then explore the striking landscape at Little Blue Lake.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St Helens travel route planning app .

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pyengana, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Little Blue Lake, Blue Tier
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St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Blue Tier ©
Blue Tier

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and East Coast Natureworld. Bring the kids along to Freycinet National Park and Honeymoon Bay. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, and walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay visit planning app .

Getting from St Helens to Coles Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tahune Forest AirWalk and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seven Mile Beach and Bellerive Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (in Taranna). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and kick back and relax at Kingston Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hobart road trip planning app .

Getting from Coles Bay to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Field National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Richmond Bridge, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

3
nights
Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Russell Falls and Franklin River Nature Trail. Get in touch with nature at Willow Creek Miniature Goats and Ratho Golf Course.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mount Field National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hobart to Mount Field National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mount Field National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Mount Field National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ratho Golf Course, Styx Valley, Franklin River Nature Trail, Willow Creek Miniature Goats
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls
Lake Dobson ©
Lake Dobson
Ratho Golf Course ©
Ratho Golf Course

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 30th (Sun): Head underground at Marakoopa Cave, Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape at Alum Cliffs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot and then hike along Westmorland Falls.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mole Creek online route planner .

Traveling by car from Mount Field National Park to Mole Creek takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mole Creek can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, Alum Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves

1
night
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, and finally step off the mainland to explore Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre. On your second day here, meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Woolamai Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cowes travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Mole Creek to Cowes with the Route module. Traveling from Mole Creek in January, Cowes is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, The Nobbies Centre
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballarat Wildlife Park and Bells Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Ocean Beach (in Nelson), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Kryal Castle (in Ballarat). Dedicate the 8th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, stroll through Werribee Open Range Zoo, and kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, St. Kilda Beach, Bells Beach, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

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