5 days in Launceston, Port Arthur & Hobart Itinerary

5 days in Launceston, Port Arthur & Hobart Itinerary

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5 days in Launceston, Port Arthur & Hobart Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then stroll around City Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Launceston trip planning site .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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hours
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 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Launceston to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Nature

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Tessellated Pavement
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tessellated Pavement ©
Tessellated Pavement

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hobart trip maker tool .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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