21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania travel route planner

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Fly to Hobart, Bus to Port Arthur
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive
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Strahan
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Devonport
— 1 night
Drive
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Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Bus to Hobart, Fly to Sydney

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck and Waterfall Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Commandants House and The Separate Prison. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, take an in-depth tour of The Parsonage, pause for some serene contemplation at St David’s Anglican Church, and see the interesting displays at Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Port Arthur is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Port Arthur reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hobart

— 5 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 some historical perspective at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nolan Art Gallery & School and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate (in Kettering), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Tahune Forest AirWalk (in Geeveston). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and look for gifts at Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Hobart, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Strahan

— 2 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 24th (Mon), look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks Strahan, get engrossed in the history at West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, and then examine the collection at Eric Thomas Galley Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Strahan online trip planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Strahan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 3 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Cradle Mountain and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind The Wall in the Wilderness and then delve into the lush surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park planner.

Traveling by bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Devonport.

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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Devonport

— 1 night
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
On the 28th (Fri), join in the after-dark buzz at Turners Beach Berry Patch, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, then stop by World Of Marbles, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Albert Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coles Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Devonport trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Devonport are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Launceston

— 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and Goaty Hill Wines. You'll explore and learn at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook) and Brickendon Estate (in Longford). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Entally House, stop by Honey Tasmania, explore the galleries of The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery, and appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Launceston tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Devonport to Launceston in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Launceston are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Coles Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, then do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and finally see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay tour planning tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Nature · Parks · Wineries · 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.