12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  5 h
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
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit and look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seahorse World, then stroll around City Park, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Launceston travel route planning website.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and 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 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Beauty Point
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Seahorse World ©
Seahorse World
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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.
Take a break from Coles Bay with a short trip to Spiky Beach Conservation Area in Swansea, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park, and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Coles Bay online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Tessellated Pavement, explore the activities along Fortescue Bay, and then trek along Three Capes Track. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, then get outside with Tasman Arch, and then explore the activities along Waterfall Bay.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Eaglehawk Neck
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay

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.
Kids will enjoy Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Kingston Beach. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nutgrove Beach.

Plan my day in Hobart using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Kingston Beach, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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