18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

18 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania visit planner

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Devonport
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Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 6 nights
Drive
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Eaglehawk Neck
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
Bus
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
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Burnie
— 2 nights
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Devonport

Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Devonport trip tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Devonport. December in Devonport sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Kids will enjoy Cataract Gorge Reserve and Franklin House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lilydale Falls and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Pepper Bush Adventures - Day Tours (in Scottsdale), Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings (in Legerwood) and Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails (in Derby). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, walk around City Park, see the interesting displays at Launceston Tramway Museum, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by car from Devonport to Launceston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
On the 27th (Mon), do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard and then stroll through Friendly Beaches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hazards Beach, kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hobart

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seven Mile Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Bring the kids along to Kingston Beach and Long Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Raptor Refuge (in Kettering) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, let little ones run wild at St. David's Park, explore the activities along Sandy Bay, and walk around Train Park.

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

Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Eaglehawk Neck.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck

On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Waterfall Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Eaglehawk Neck trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Eaglehawk Neck

Nature · Parks
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Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Strahan itinerary app.

You can drive from Eaglehawk Neck to Strahan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You will leave for Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 2 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 5th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Cradle Mountain Canyons, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Cradle Mountain and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Burnie.

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

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Burnie

— 2 nights
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. On the 7th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on Wynyard Penguin Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lobster Ponds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Observation Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Hidden Fox, stroll around Burnie Park, then explore the world behind art at Makers Workshop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fern Glade Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Burnie travel site.

Take a bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Burnie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Burnie sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Burnie

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

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.

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.

Source

Greater Hobart travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Art Museums · Shopping