8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  6​h
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Canberra

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 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston travel route planner .

Canberra to Launceston is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in September, expect nights in Launceston to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and then kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary tool .

You can 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 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gala Estate Vineyard
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Gala Estate Vineyard ©
Gala Estate Vineyard

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Arthur Historic Site. On your second day here, head outdoors with Devil's Kitchen and then hike along Three Capes Track.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur travel route planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Devil's Kitchen, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bellerive Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hobart driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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