16 days in Tasmania & Canberra Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania & Canberra Itinerary

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Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive
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Strathgordon
— 1 night
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
Bus
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Canberra
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Claremont House and Moorilla Estate Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Narryna Heritage Museum and Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocklofty Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Myrtle Forest, and see the interesting displays at Tasmanian Transport Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planning website.

Perth to Hobart is an approximately 5-hour travel. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in April, expect Hobart to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Strathgordon.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathgordon

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Gordon River, then admire the engineering at Gordon Dam, then admire the engineering at Serpentine Dam, and finally trek along Creepy Crawly Nature Trail. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Junee Caves.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Strathgordon online attractions planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Strathgordon in 2.5 hours. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Strathgordon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Strahan travel planner.

Drive from Strathgordon to Strahan in 5 hours. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 3 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cradle Mountain Canyons and Hellyer Gorge. Visiting Marion's Lookout Walk and Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls will get you outdoors. On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at The Overland Track. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Launceston.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at George Town Watch House, do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Bass & Flinders Centre, and finally learn about all things military at Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Launceston Tramway Museum, admire the striking features of Franklin House, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally stop by The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Launceston route planning app.

Traveling by bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Launceston, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Hazards Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, then do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, and finally get great views at Whalers Lookout.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Canberra.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Canberra

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Canberra Museum and Gallery, then see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cotter Reserve, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. On your second day here, stroll through Mr Spokes Bike Hire and then steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra attractions planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Canberra by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Canberra are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.

Freycinet travel guide

4.5
Trails · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gift & Specialty Shops
On Tasmania’s east coast, Freycinet National Park is a place of wild beauty. Towering pink-hued mountains, known as the Hazards, shadow the landscape, and at their foot are the calm, blue waters of Wineglass Bay. Explore the picturesque Friendly Beaches, dine on an abundance of fresh seafood, and spend the night at one of Australia’s exclusive luxury lodges. Freycinet National Park is roughly 2 1/2 hours drive north from Hobart or two hours drive south from Launceston. If you have time to spare, wind your way here along one of Australia's most dramatic road trips, the Great Eastern Drive.

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