16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip itinerary planner

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Strahan
— 2 nights
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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St Helens
— 1 night
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Bicheno
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Swansea
— 1 night
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kettering, Ferry to Bruny, Drive to Bruny Island
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Bruny Island
— 1 night
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Drive to Bruny, Ferry to Kettering, Drive to Hobart

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Strahan vacation planner.

Devonport to Strahan is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: walk around City Park, explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Launceston online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Strahan to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

St Helens

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Pyengana Dairy, take in the exciting artwork at Suncoast Gallery, kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the St Helens sightseeing planner.

Drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bicheno.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Bicheno

— 1 night
Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Denison Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bicheno tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Bicheno takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 10th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friendly Beaches.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip website.

Coles Bay is just a stone's throw from Bicheno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Swansea.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Swansea

— 1 night
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Melshell Oyster Shack, do a tasting at Craigie Knowe Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, then kick back and relax at Spiky Beach Conservation Area, and finally take in the views from Spiky Bridge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Swansea, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Swansea in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Swansea

Wineries · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Fortescue Bay, get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Port Arthur Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, and finally appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur day trip site.

Getting from Swansea to Port Arthur by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Drink Tasmania Premium Tours and Lady Franklin Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart online trip maker.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bruny Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Bruny Island

— 1 night
Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): experience rural life at Bruny Island Berry Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Bruny Lighthouse, then stop by Bruny Island Honey, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Neck.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruny Island trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. January in Bruny Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bruny Island

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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