17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip planner

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Launceston
— 3 nights
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St Helens
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 4 nights
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Orford
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Launceston

— 3 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.
Visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve and The Tamar Valley will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Woolmers Estate and Entally House are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Coles Beach (in Devonport) and Turners Beach Berry Patch (in Turners Beach). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Zone 3 Laser Games, make a trip to The Town Clock, and take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Launceston online trip itinerary maker.

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. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Launceston to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read St Helens online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Highlights from your trip

Coles Bay

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Gala Estate Vineyard. You'll get in some beach time at Honeymoon Bay and Denison Beach. Step out of Coles Bay to go to Bicheno and see East Coast Natureworld, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's lots more to do: walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, get a taste of the local shopping with Freycinet Marine Farm, and look for gifts at Melshell Oyster Shack.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Orford

— 2 nights
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park and then kick back and relax at Raspins Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Darlington Vineyard, let the kids burn off some steam at Tasmanian Bushland Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Baptist Chuch, then experience rural life at Twamley Farm, and finally take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Orford route site.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Orford in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Orford are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wineries

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Coal Mines Historic Site, then see the interesting displays at Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur, and then trek along Three Capes Track.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur itinerary planner.

You can drive from Orford to Port Arthur in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Hobart

— 4 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.
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Hobart Convict Penitentiary will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Opossum Bay Beach in Opossum Bay (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hobart Full Gospel Central Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
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.