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
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

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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 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve and then stroll through City Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Launceston vacation 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. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get slightly colder in Launceston: highs are around 25°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park

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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 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, then take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and then admire all the interesting features of Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip maker .

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 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coles Bay Jetty
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Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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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 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, hike along Three Capes Track, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Arthur Historic Site.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Arthur tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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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 26th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Mona, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart online vacation planner .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tarraleah.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Museum of Old and New Art
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
On the 28th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Franklin River Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarraleah Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tarraleah trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Hobart to Tarraleah by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Franklin River Nature Trail
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Tarraleah Falls ©
Tarraleah Falls
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout ©
Tarraleah Power Station Lookout

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at "Wee Georgie Wood", then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair. Keep things going the next day: stroll through The Overland Track.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from Tarraleah to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
The Overland Track ©
The Overland Track

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