26 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

26 days in Tasmania & Melbourne Itinerary

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Drive to Port Melbourne, Ferry to Devonport
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Devonport
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Launceston
— 3 nights
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Binalong Bay
— 1 night
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Bicheno
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 3 nights
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Swansea
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
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Strahan
— 3 nights
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
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Devonport
Ferry
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Devonport

Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Southern Wild Distillery and then see the interesting displays at Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Devonport trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Devonport is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Devonport to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

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.
You've added The Old Umbrella Shop, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Convict Brick Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and City Park Radio Museum. Step out of Launceston with an excursion to The Red Bridge in Campbell Town--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, do a tasting at The Pinot Shop, don't miss a visit to The Town Clock, and revel in the low prices at Waverly Woolen Mills Factory Outlet.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Launceston travel planner.

Traveling by car from Devonport to Launceston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Binalong Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Binalong Bay

— 1 night
Binalong Bay is a small coastal town in north-east Tasmania, situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires. For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Binalong Bay online day trip planner.

Getting from Launceston to Binalong Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bicheno.
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Bicheno

— 1 night
Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Your day by day itinerary now includes East Coast Natureworld as well as Bicheno Penguin Tours. On the 4th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Freycinet Vineyards, then enjoy the sand and surf at Denison Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Whalers Lookout.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bicheno trip planning tool.

Getting from Binalong Bay to Bicheno by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Bicheno

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Coles Bay

— 3 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.
Freycinet National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay attractions planner.

Coles Bay is just a stone's throw from Bicheno. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel to Swansea.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Swansea

On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Spiky Bridge.

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You can drive from Coles Bay to Swansea in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Swansea can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hobart.

Things to do in Swansea

Historic Sites
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Hobart

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hobart Walking Tours, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Her Story, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Presbyterian Church, gain interesting insight with Hobart Walking Tours, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Her Story.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart online tour planner.

Drive from Swansea to Hobart in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Australian Convict Sites and The Separate Prison. Take a break from the city and head to Stewarts Bay and Waterfall Bay. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Church, appreciate the history behind Dog Line, and admire the landmark architecture of The Guard Tower.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Your day by day itinerary now includes Richmond Gaol, Willow Court Asylum and Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). You'll discover tucked-away gems like St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and May Queen. Change things up with a short trip to Arthur Square in New Norfolk (about 38 minutes away). See even more of Hobart: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lark Distillery, get engrossed in the history at Narryna Heritage Museum, engage your brain at Pooseum, and look for gifts at Sweets and Treats.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart online travel route planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Queenstown

The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hobart to Queenstown in 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Strahan.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Strahan

— 3 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Step out of the city life by going to Henty Dunes and Mount Jukes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iron Blow Lookout and Spion Kop Lookout. Step out of Strahan to go to Zeehan and see Spray Tunnel, which is approximately 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks Strahan.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Strahan visit planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Strahan in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Shopping · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 1 night
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Cradle Mountain Canyons and then hike along Crater Lake Circuit.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Devonport.

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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Devonport

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Giant Penguin and then look for all kinds of wild species at Murray's Day Out Tasmania.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Devonport itinerary planner.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Devonport

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Melbourne

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 22nd (Mon), stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Francis Church, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Carlton Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Cheap AZ Travel, then kick back and relax at Black Rock Beach, and then trek along Capital City Trail.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey builder site.

Fly from Devonport to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Devonport in February, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 24th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

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.