5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
1
Stanley
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

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Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Stanley trip planner .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Stanley reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Coles Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Stanley to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bicheno
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole
Freycinet Marine Farm ©
Freycinet Marine Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Mona, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hobart journey planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Mona
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Launceston online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

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