25 days in Tasmania Itinerary

25 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Ferry to Devonport, Drive to Launceston
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Launceston
— 3 nights
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Coles Bay
— 4 nights
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
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Southport
— 1 night
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Derwent Bridge
— 1 night
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Strahan
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Arthur River
— 1 night
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Burnie
— 2 nights
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
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Devonport
— 2 nights
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Launceston

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Mt George Lookout (in George Town). Dedicate the 1st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, admire the striking features of City of Launceston Town Hall, and do a tasting at Holm Oak Vineyards.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Launceston road trip site.

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in November, with highs in Launceston at 22°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Coles Bay

— 4 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.
Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands), Spiky Bridge (in Swansea) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, take some stellar pictures from Whalers Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip planner.

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, then trek along Three Capes Track, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Southport.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Southport

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at St Imre Vineyard, then pause for some photo ops at Cockle Creek, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Duck Hole Lake Walk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Southport travel planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Southport takes 3 hours. December in Southport sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Southport

Parks · Beaches · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobart

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. On the 11th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hobart visit app.

Getting from Southport to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Derwent Bridge.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Derwent Bridge

— 1 night
Derwent Bridge is a locality on the Lyell Highway at the southern edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.It is just south of Lake St Clair and the Lake St Clair visitor centre; and it is north of Lake King William and the Butlers Gorge Power Station.It is also the last inhabited location before Linda Valley in the West Coast Range - this section of the highway passes through the Wild Rivers National Park. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Franklin River Nature Trail, make a trip to King William Saddle, and then appreciate the history behind The Wall in the Wilderness.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Derwent Bridge day trip planning tool.

Drive from Hobart to Derwent Bridge in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Derwent Bridge

Nature · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Strahan

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Strahan road trip planning website.

Getting from Derwent Bridge to Strahan by car takes about 2 hours. You'll set off for Arthur River on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Arthur River

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Edge of the World, then explore and take pictures at The Tarkine Drive, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Green Point Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get great views at Sumac Lookout.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arthur River attractions planner.

You can drive from Strahan to Arthur River in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Burnie.

Things to do in Arthur River

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Burnie

— 2 nights
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, then let the kids burn off some steam at Burnie Park, then admire the masterpieces at Makers Workshop, and finally identify plant and animal life at Penguin Observation Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse, explore the stunning scenery at Leven Canyon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Guide Falls Reserve.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Burnie trip app.

Drive from Arthur River to Burnie in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Burnie are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Burnie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 1 night
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit and then take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online route maker.

You can take a bus from Burnie to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Devonport.

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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Devonport

— 2 nights
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Mole Creek (Marakoopa Cave, Mole Creek Caves, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate, browse for treasures at Antique Emporium, get your bearings at Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame, and look for all kinds of wild species at Murray's Day Out Tasmania.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Devonport day trip website.

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Devonport are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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.