8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), walk around City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Launceston planner .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair, then get all the information you need at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, and then admire the sheer force of Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

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

Parks Nature
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Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre ©
Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

1
night
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
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 5th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gala Estate Vineyard
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Gala Estate Vineyard ©
Gala Estate Vineyard

3
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.
Take a break from Hobart with a short trip to Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, and admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hobart vacation maker site .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Port Arthur Historic Site
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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