12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Hobart Convict Penitentiary are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Cascade Brewery. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and stop by Tasting House - Coal River Valley Wine Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart day trip app .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tasting House - Coal River Valley Wine Tours, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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 8th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Government Farm, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Tessellated Pavement. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur, then contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site, then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, and finally don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur itinerary tool .

Drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Taranna, Coal Mines Historic Site, Tessellated Pavement
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Thu), do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Freycinet Marine Farm and then explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Stanley.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 12th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, stop by Providore 24, then don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, then examine the collection at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stanley holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Stanley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Stanley sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wynyard
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Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience ©
Table Cape Lighthouse Experience

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, view the masterpieces at Yarns Artwork in Silk, and then look for gifts at Goaty Hill Wines.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Launceston are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Woolmers Estate, Goaty Hill Wines, Yarns Artwork in Silk
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Goaty Hill Wines ©
Goaty Hill Wines

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