5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— Few hours
+2
bus + ferry + taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Bruny Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
You've now added Mount Wellington to your itinerary. On the 27th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hobart tour itinerary planning website .

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Hobart are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seven Mile Beach
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

few
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.
To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur road trip planner.

Drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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Bruny Island

Bruny Island
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to The Neck, do a tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Bruny Lighthouse, then relax in the rural setting at Bruny Island Berry Farm, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Forestvale Design Centre. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of South Bruny National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruny Island road trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Launceston to Bruny Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Bruny Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay online visit planner .

Getting from Bruny Island to Coles Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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day
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

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

You can drive from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk ©
Shadow Lake Circuit Walk

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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 31st (Mon): appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Launceston trip planner .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can 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

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