8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Toowoomba
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Toowoomba

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park route planning site .

Toowoomba to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then walk around City Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston day trip planning tool .

Drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) 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
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stop by Freycinet Marine Farm, then get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Launceston to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet Marine Farm ©
Freycinet Marine Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then explore the galleries of Port Arthur Historic Site.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Arthur planner .

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Tessellated Pavement
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Tessellated Pavement ©
Tessellated Pavement

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then shop like a local with Salamanca Market, then ponder the design of The Tasman Fountain, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hobart day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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