16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania tour planner
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Launceston
— 2 nights
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Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Launceston — 2 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Seahorse World (in Beauty Point) and Low Head (Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum & Low Head Penguin Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cataract Gorge Reserve, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and walk around City Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Launceston trip itinerary site.

Brisbane to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Launceston are little chillier (25°C), and nights are colder (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coles Bay: Bicheno (East Coast Natureworld, Bicheno Blowhole, &more). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Freycinet National Park.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.
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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 5th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Wild Ocean Tasmania, explore the activities along Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck, and then learn about winemaking at Bangor Vineyard Shed. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Three Capes Track and then steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.
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Hobart — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). On the 8th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, shop like a local with Salamanca Market, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Strahan trip planning tool.

Getting from Hobart to Strahan by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to 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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Devils @ Cradle, then take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Cradle Mountain Canyons and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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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