16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ulverstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Step out of Launceston to go to Beaconsfield and see Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, stroll around City Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Launceston route maker website .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Launceston reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ulverstone.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ulverstone: Sheffield (Mosaic Pathway & Tasmania’s Town of Murals), Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Marion's Lookout Walk, Dove Lake Circuit, & more) and Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Preston Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ulverstone road trip app .

You can drive from Launceston to Ulverstone in 1.5 hours. In May in Ulverstone, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Sheffield, Gunns Plains Caves
Highlights from your plan
Marion's Lookout Walk ©
Marion's Lookout Walk
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). And it doesn't end there: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park, don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay trip builder site .

You can drive from Ulverstone to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
Highlights from your plan
Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Darlington Vineyard, take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout, then let the kids burn off some steam at Tasmanian Bushland Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Baptist Chuch, and finally relax in the rural setting at Twamley Farm.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Orford trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Orford takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Buckland
Highlights from your plan
Tasmanian Bushland Garden ©
Tasmanian Bushland Garden
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm
Darlington Vineyard ©
Darlington Vineyard

3
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.
Step out of Port Arthur to go to Eaglehawk Neck and see Waterfall Bay, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, and pause for some photo ops at Dog Line.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Arthur route planning app .

Traveling by car from Orford to Port Arthur takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

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.
Hobart is known for nature, shopping, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, explore the world behind art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart travel website .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

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