8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
St Marys
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Launceston
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Devonport
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hobart Full Gospel Central Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fern Tree. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Cascade Brewery, contemplate the long history of Salamanca Arts Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Tasmania, then examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hobart trip builder tool .

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 October, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Richmond Gaol, Fern Tree
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Maritime Museum of Tasmania ©
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
Salamanca Arts Centre ©
Salamanca Arts Centre

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, browse the exhibits of Port Arthur Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Australian Convict Sites, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online trip builder .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to St Marys.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

2
nights
St Marys

Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, then browse the exhibits of Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery, examine the collection at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, and finally make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St Marys route maker website .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to St Marys takes 4 hours. Traveling from Port Arthur in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in St Marys. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Marys

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Pyengana Dairy, St Columba Waterfall
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Entally Estate, then take an in-depth tour of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village, contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, contemplate the long history of Brickendon Estate, view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, then examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Pilgrim Uniting Church.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planner .

Drive from St Marys to Launceston in 2 hours. October in Launceston sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Devonport.

Things to do in Launceston

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Longford, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Leven Canyon, see the interesting displays at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, admire the natural beauty at Home Hill, then get engrossed in the history at Bass Strait Maritime Centre, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mersey Bluff Lighthouse.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Devonport travel route builder site .

You can drive from Launceston to Devonport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, Leven Canyon
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House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate ©
Bass Strait Maritime Centre ©
Bass Strait Maritime Centre
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse ©
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

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