8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Canberra

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 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at "Wee Georgie Wood", contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, then admire the sheer force of Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and finally trek along Crater Lake Circuit. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park journey planning website .

Canberra to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Trails

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

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 30th (Mon), appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then stroll around City Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Launceston trip 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 September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the galleries of Waubs Bay Gallery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at Melshell Oyster Shack, take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip app .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty, Waubs Bay Gallery
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art, and then take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart travel route planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Hobart sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Richmond Bridge
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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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