13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip planner

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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
Drive
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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Hobart

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Opossum Bay Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kingston Beach and Roches Beach. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Hobart reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania, and then explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fortescue Bay, and finally explore the activities along Stewarts Bay.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wineglass Bay and Spiky Beach Conservation Area. Step out of Coles Bay with an excursion to Denison Beach in Bicheno--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coles Bay trip builder.

Drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, then examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Strahan trip builder site.

Drive from Coles Bay to Strahan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Strahan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Launceston

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sun), walk around City Park, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, see what you can catch with Trout Territory, and then get a dose of the wild on Low Head Penguin Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Launceston online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Strahan to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · 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.