12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive
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St Helens
— 1 night
Drive
3
Swansea
— 1 night
Drive
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hobart
— 4 nights
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Launceston

— 3 nights

The Heart of Tasmania

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prestige Tours Tasmania and Iron Pot Bay Vineyard. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Pipers Brook (Delamere Vineyards & Pipers Brook Vineyard), Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella) and Sidmouth (Swinging Gate Vineyard, Loira Vines, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, learn about winemaking at Sharmans Wines, take a stroll through Design Inn, and snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston day trip planning site.

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Launceston reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

St Helens

— 1 night
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
On the 29th (Fri), play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, then learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, then stroll through Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aloha Dreaming Massage.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St Helens road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Swansea.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors · Golf · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

Swansea

— 1 night
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Spring Vale Wines, then do a tasting at Milton Vineyard, and finally identify plant and animal life at Spiky Beach Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Swansea trip planner.

Getting from St Helens to Swansea by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Swansea are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Swansea

Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 2 nights
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.
On the 31st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Stewarts Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Wild Ocean Tasmania, do a tasting at Bangor Vineyard Shed, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Safety Cove Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip planning tool.

Drive from Swansea to Port Arthur in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Visit Seven Mile Beach and Kingston Beach for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Drink Tasmania Premium Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Roches Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and don't miss a visit to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Wildlife Areas · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.