12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

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 with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 16th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, don't miss a visit to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hobart vacation maker site.

Devonport to Hobart is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 2 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Cradle Mountain Canyons and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils @ Cradle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Cradle Mountain, explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and then stroll through Marion's Lookout Walk.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Hobart to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Strahan.
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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 20th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Strahan planning site.

You can take a bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.
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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 21st (Wed): trek along Three Capes Track and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Strahan to Port Arthur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and then get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at East Coast Natureworld, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to St Helens.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and then play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St Helens vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to St Helens takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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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.
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