8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and see the interesting displays at Mona.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip planner .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, Hobart is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Orford.

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

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park and then stroll through Raspins Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Orford trip maker site .

Drive from Port Arthur to Orford in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, then relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, then stroll through Honeymoon Bay, and finally trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay trip planner .

Drive from Orford to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Honeymoon Bay, Bicheno Blowhole
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

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 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, and finally stroll through City Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

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

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