16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gunns Plains
— 1 night
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hobart
— 5 nights
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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.
Launceston is known for wildlife, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Launceston attractions website.

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Launceston reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gunns Plains.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Gunns Plains

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): Head underground at Gunns Plains Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, and then look for gifts at Wilmot Country Store.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Gunns Plains trip simple and quick.

Getting from Launceston to Gunns Plains by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Launceston in December, expect nights in Gunns Plains to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Strahan.

Things to do in Gunns Plains

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Strahan trip builder website.

Drive from Gunns Plains to Strahan in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 2 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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 14th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, learn about winemaking at Spring Vale Wines, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll through Wineglass Bay.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, and then explore the activities along Waterfall Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Arthur online itinerary planner.

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, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Hobart

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in New Norfolk) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner.

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · 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.