13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​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:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Get some cultural insight at Design Centre Tasmania and Tasmanian Glassblowers. Escape the urban bustle at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Lost Farm Barnbougle Golf Course. Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella), Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook) and Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Loira Vines, stop by Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Entally House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston trip maker .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sidmouth, Gunns Plains Caves, Holm Oak Vineyards, Lost Farm Barnbougle Golf Course, Tasmanian Glassblowers
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Delamere Vineyards ©
Delamere Vineyards

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
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 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, take in the exciting artwork at Suncoast Gallery, then tee off at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, and finally view the masterpieces at East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St Helens trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall

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.
Head to Melshell Oyster Shack and Waubs Bay Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Craigie Knowe Vineyard and Spring Vale Wines. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wineglass Bay, and do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay route site .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cranbrook, Melshell Oyster Shack, Coles Bay Jetty, Waubs Bay Gallery
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Fortescue Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and then immerse yourself in nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Arthur journey builder .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. We've included these beaches for you: Cockle Creek and Seven Mile Beach. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and learn about winemaking at Moorilla Estate Winery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hobart driving holiday app .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Berriedale, Seven Mile Beach, Kingston Beach, Cockle Creek
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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