9 days in Hobart, Bruny Island & Launceston Itinerary

9 days in Hobart, Bruny Island & Launceston Itinerary

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9 days in Hobart, Bruny Island & Launceston Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bruny Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seven Mile Beach and Salamanca Arts Centre. Visiting Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Bellerive Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, view the masterpieces at Nolan Art Gallery & School, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, and examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart attractions planner.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Hobart are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Museum of Old and New Art, Port Arthur Historic Site, Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site

1
night
Bruny Island

Bruny Island ©
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Art at The Point Gallery, pedal to the sights with Cycle Bruny Island, and then make a trip to The Neck.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bruny Island trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In October in Bruny Island, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Cycle Bruny Island ©
Cycle Bruny Island
The Neck ©
The Neck
Art at The Point Gallery ©
Art at The Point Gallery

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nights
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.
Visiting St Columba Waterfall and Platypus House will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Longford (Woolmers Estate & Brickendon Estate), Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena) and St Marys (Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery & Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, do a tasting at The Pinot Shop, and contemplate the long history of Entally Estate.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Launceston trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bruny Island to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Marys, Longford, St Columba Waterfall, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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