12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania travel route planner

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Launceston
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
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Cygnet
— 3 nights
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Richmond
— 1 night
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Launceston

— 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 27th (Fri): walk around City Park, then get a sense of history and politics at City of Launceston Town Hall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, then shop like a local with Design Centre Tasmania, and then see the sights in a new way with Hollybank Wilderness Adventures.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip maker tool.

Brisbane to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Launceston: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side 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.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with All4, get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary website.

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Dog Line, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

Find out how to plan Port Arthur trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Cygnet.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Cygnet

— 3 nights
Cygnet is a town in the Huon Valley, south of Huonville, Tasmania.HistoryThe Nuenonne were the original land-owning group of a large territory in South East Tasmania, including Cygnet, Hobart and Bruny Island. The Farmhouse Kitchen has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cygnet: Snug Bushfire Memorial (in Snug), Cockle Creek (in Southport) and Dover (Duck Hole Lake Walk & Esperance Adventures). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Raptor Refuge, look for gifts at Cygneture Chocolates, and take in the dramatic scenery at Arve Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cygnet online holiday planner.

Drive from Port Arthur to Cygnet in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cygnet are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Cygnet

Parks · Classes · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Richmond

— 1 night
Richmond is a town in Tasmania about 25 km north-east of Hobart, in the Coal River region, between the Midland Highway and Tasman Highway. Your day by day itinerary now includes Richmond Gaol as well as Old Hobart Town Model Village. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Old Hobart Town Model Village, admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol, then stroll through Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Shene Distillery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Richmond road trip planning tool.

Drive from Cygnet to Richmond in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get outside with Strahan ATV Adventures, see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Find out how to plan Strahan trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Richmond to Strahan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 2 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 7th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Cradle Mountain Canyons and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On your second day here, stroll through Devils @ Cradle.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

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

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Tasmania travel guide

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Nature & Parks · 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.