17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ulverstone
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Old and New Art and Art Mob. Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Tasmanian Bushland Garden in Buckland, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Salamanca Market, browse the exhibits of Wild Island Tasmania, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and take in the exciting artwork at Moonah Arts Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hobart holiday planner.

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Hobart to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmanian Bushland Garden
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites. Get in touch with nature at Three Capes Track and Tessellated Pavement. Go for a jaunt from Port Arthur to Saltwater River to see Coal Mines Historic Site about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, and steep yourself in history at The Police Station.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Coal Mines Historic Site, Maria Island National Park, Tessellated Pavement
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Freycinet National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Appreciate the collections at Kings Fine Art Gallery and Waubs Bay Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, take a memorable tour with Tours, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Dolphin Sands, Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Design Centre Tasmania and Yarns Artwork in Silk. Get outdoors at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Platypus House. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Deloraine Creative Studios (in Deloraine), Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Glassblowers, indulge your taste buds at Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market, stroll around City Park, and browse the exhibits of Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Launceston driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ulverstone.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Deloraine, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Platypus House, Woolmers Estate, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

3
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. Take a break from the city and head to Dove Lake Circuit and Gunns Plains Caves. Explore Ulverstone's surroundings by going to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Cradle Mountain, Devils @ Cradle, & more). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Leven Canyon and stop by Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ulverstone road trip planning app .

Drive from Launceston to Ulverstone in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ulverstone are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Gunns Plains Caves
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

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