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:  2​h 45​min
5
Stanley
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
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.
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Salamanca Market or Tassal at Salamanca. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, learn about winemaking at Moorilla Estate Winery, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our 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. In April in Hobart, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Berriedale, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Gaol
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Government Cottage, steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites
Government Cottage ©
Government Cottage

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.
On the 16th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then explore the galleries of Kings Fine Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kings Fine Art Gallery
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kings Fine Art Gallery ©
Kings Fine Art Gallery

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 17th (Wed), walk around City Park, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston online route maker .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In April in Launceston, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania
City Park ©
City Park

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 18th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve, and finally don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Boat Harbour Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Rocky Cape Lighthouse, and then look for gifts at The Angel's Share.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Stanley journey planning app .

You can drive from Launceston to Stanley in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In April in Stanley, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Beaches Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boat Harbour Beach, Rocky Cape Lighthouse
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse

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