8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania attractions planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
— 1 night



— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Food Tours and Mount Wellington. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Tassie Bound (in New Norfolk) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, stop by Aspect Design, and get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary planning site.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Government Farm, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then admire the striking features of The Penitentiary.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Arthur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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 21st (Wed): see All4Adventure, walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip builder tool.

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours


— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll around City Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. October in Launceston sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Tasmania travel guide

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.