17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Hobart
— 5 nights
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Port Arthur
— 3 nights
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Coles Bay
— 1 night
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Gunns Plains
— 1 night
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Hobart to go to Brighton and see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Before you visit Hobart, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get slightly colder in Hobart: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Arthur

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, stroll through Three Capes Track, and then take an in-depth tour of The Parsonage. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Port Arthur Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, and then get outside with Tasman Arch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Coles Bay

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Freycinet National Park and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay trip itinerary maker 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 2 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle, trek along Larmairremener tabelti, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park travel website.

Getting from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Strahan.

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

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Strahan tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gunns Plains.

Things to do in Strahan

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Gunns Plains

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Leven Valley Vineyard, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gunns Plains Caves, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gunns Plains trip planner.

Drive from Strahan to Gunns Plains in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Gunns Plains

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Wineries

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around City Park, then take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at James Boag Brewery Experience, and finally admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip itinerary app.

Getting from Gunns Plains to Launceston by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Gunns Plains in January, you will find days in Launceston are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

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.