8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tasmanian Glassblowers. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Launceston at 25°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Woolmers Estate, Tasmanian Glassblowers
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, do a tasting at Priory Ridge, then identify plant and animal life at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St Helens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. December in St Helens sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Wildlife Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
The Shop in the Bush ©
The Shop in the Bush
Priory Ridge ©
Priory Ridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): shop like a local with Waubs Bay Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, then let little ones run wild at Melshell Oysters, and finally make a trip to Spiky Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Waubs Bay Gallery, Melshell Oyster Shack, Spiky Bridge
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip site .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
On the 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Mona, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart road trip planner .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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