8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and kick back and relax at Kingston Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip planner.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Hobart are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Kingston Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Kingston Beach ©
Kingston Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Arthur day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

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

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 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Freycinet Marine Farm, get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

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

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 11th (Sat): appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then walk around City Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

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
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at "Wee Georgie Wood", then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and finally trek along Crater Lake Circuit. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

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