11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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11 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  12 h 30 min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Launceston
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Launceston

Launceston
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.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston road trip app .

Brisbane to Launceston is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in August; daily highs in Launceston reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. You will leave for Coles Bay on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Coles Bay

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 8th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Coles Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Honeymoon Bay
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
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 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, appreciate the history behind Dog Line, and then admire the majestic nature at Lime Bay State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Stewarts Bay, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, then explore the activities along Waterfall Bay, and finally contemplate the long history of The Commandants House.

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

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Eaglehawk Neck
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Waterfall Bay ©
Waterfall Bay
Tessellated Pavement ©
Tessellated Pavement
Australian Convict Sites ©
Australian Convict Sites

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Cradle Mountain. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cradle Mountain, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, then do a tasting at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard, then contemplate the long history of Shene Tasmania, and finally do a tasting at Moorilla Estate Winery. On your second day here, look for gifts at Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate, then look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Hobart, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kettering, Cradle Mountain, Moorilla Estate Winery, Seven Mile Beach, Every Man and His Dog Vineyard
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Every Man and His Dog Vineyard ©
Every Man and His Dog Vineyard
Raptor Refuge ©
Raptor Refuge

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nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Larmairremener tabelti and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Hobart to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Trails
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

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Launceston

Launceston ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the striking features of Franklin House, do a tasting at Sharmans Wines, then snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Entally House, then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wineries Wildlife
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Lilydale Falls ©
Lilydale Falls
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve

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