5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Launceston
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve and then look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip planner.

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. In December, Launceston is little chillier than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Gourlay's Sweet Shop ©
Gourlay's Sweet Shop

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

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night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur holiday maker .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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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 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Mona, then explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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