16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Strahan
— 2 nights
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Launceston
— 4 nights
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Coles Bay
— 3 nights
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Port Arthur
— 3 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.
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, make a trip to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, explore the world behind art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hobart tour builder website.

Devonport to Hobart is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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Strahan

— 2 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Frenchmans Cap and then trek along Kelly Basin.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Strahan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Strahan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Launceston

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Gunns Plains (Wings Wildlife Park & Gunns Plains Caves) and Preston Falls (in Ulverstone). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, walk around City Park, and do a tasting at The Pinot Shop.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Launceston online route builder.

Getting from Strahan to Launceston by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Coles Bay to Dolphin Sands to see Melshell Oyster Shack about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip builder site.

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Waterfall Bay in Eaglehawk Neck (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Port Arthur Historic Site, trek along Three Capes Track, take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, and appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.