8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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 23rd (Sun), take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then stop by The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): stroll through City Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, then look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston trip planner .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, Launceston is slightly colder than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

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

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.
On the 25th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Waubs Bay Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, then let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oysters, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty

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 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit 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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites 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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, shop like a local with Salamanca Market, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tasmania, Bellerive Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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