12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Ferry to Devonport, Drive to Launceston
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Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
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St Helens
— 1 night
Drive
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Swansea
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Ferry

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Launceston

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a taste of the local shopping with Design Inn, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: walk around City Park, sample the tasty concoctions at James Boag Brewery Experience, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, then don't miss a visit to The Town Clock, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston holiday builder 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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

St Helens

— 1 night
Overlooking scenic Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, ranking among Australia's top destinations for recreational game fishing.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy, kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and then get great views at St Helens Point Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Suncoast Gallery, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, then view the masterpieces at East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery, then do a tasting at Priory Ridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aloha Dreaming Massage.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St Helens road trip site.

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. In February in St Helens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Swansea.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Swansea

— 1 night
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then snap pictures at Spiky Bridge, and finally experience rural life at Kate's Berry Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Swansea sightseeing planner.

You can drive from St Helens to Swansea in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Swansea can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Swansea

Wineries · Historic Sites

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 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then don't miss a visit to Tessellated Pavement, and then stroll through Three Capes Track.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Swansea to Port Arthur in 2.5 hours. March in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hobart

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally get great views at Constitution Dock.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hobart trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Queenstown

— 1 night
The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jukes, and then hike along Kelly Basin. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Horsetail Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Nelson Falls, and then go deep underground at Spion Kop Lookout.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 1 night
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Tasmania travel guide

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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.