18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cairns
Fly:  8 h
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Swansea
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Launceston
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Cairns

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Visit Cockle Creek and South Cape Bay for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Okines Beach (in Dodges Ferry), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Opossum Bay Beach (in Opossum Bay). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, and stroll through Kingston Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planning tool.

Cairns to Hobart is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in February, you will find days in Hobart are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are much colder (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Okines Beach, South Cape Bay, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Cockle Creek
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Stewarts Bay and Safety Cove Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Port Arthur Historic Site and Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur. Explore Port Arthur's surroundings by going to Fortescue Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul, get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage, make a trip to Tessellated Pavement, and contemplate the long history of Government Farm.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Swansea.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck, Coal Mines Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

3
nights
Swansea

Swansea ©
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
We've included these beaches for you: Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Denison Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Swansea: Raspins Beach (in Orford) and Coles Bay (Wineglass Bay Lookout, Freycinet National Park, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Spiky Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Swansea travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Swansea takes 2.5 hours. February in Swansea sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Swansea

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Coles Bay, Raspins Beach, Denison Beach
Highlights from your plan
Spiky Beach Conservation Area ©
Spiky Beach Conservation Area
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
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 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, view the masterpieces at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, thencast your line with a fishing tour, and finally kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Suncoast Gallery, thendo a tasting at Priory Ridge, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Halls Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of St Columba Falls Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St Helens sightseeing site.

Getting from Swansea to St Helens by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

St Marys, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Halls Falls, St Columba Falls Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers ©
St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Deloraine Creative Studios. Get some cultural insight at Woolmers Estate and Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek), Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Coles Beach (in Devonport). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, look for gifts at Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, take a memorable tour with Tours, and snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge.

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

You can drive from St Helens to Launceston in 2.5 hours. February in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Deloraine Creative Studios, Honey Tasmania - The Beehive, Woolmers Estate
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

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