12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip itinerary planner

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Ferry to Devonport, Drive to Launceston
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Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
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St Helens
— 1 night
Drive
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Swansea
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Ferry

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Launceston

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, shop like a local with Design Inn, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): walk around City Park, sample the tasty concoctions at James Boag Brewery Experience, then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, then make a trip to The Town Clock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Launceston route planner.

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Launceston hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:

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.
On the 26th (Fri), experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy, then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and then take some stellar pictures from St Helens Point Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the galleries of Suncoast Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then explore the galleries of East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery, then do a tasting at Priory Ridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Aloha Dreaming Massage.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St Helens trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Swansea.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

Swansea

— 1 night
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then take in the views from Spiky Bridge, and finally relax in the rural setting at Kate's Berry Farm.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Swansea itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Swansea takes 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Swansea

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

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 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track.

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

Getting from Swansea to Port Arthur by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:

Hobart

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hobart are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Queenstown

— 1 night
The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jukes, and then trek along Kelly Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Horsetail Falls, admire the sheer force of Nelson Falls, and then get to know the fascinating history of Spion Kop Lookout.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Hobart to Queenstown by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 1 night
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

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.