12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Tarraleah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St Helens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Tarraleah

Tarraleah ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake St. Clair.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tarraleah online tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne to Tarraleah is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Tarraleah

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake St. Clair
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Seven Mile Beach. Relax by the water at Bellerive Beach and Kingston Beach. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Salamanca Market, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, and contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hobart sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tarraleah to Hobart takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

3
nights
Coles Bay

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.
Visiting Wineglass Bay Lookout and Freycinet National Park will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. When in Coles Bay, make a side trip to see Melshell Oysters in Swansea, approximately 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Freycinet, Melshell Oyster Shack
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
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 27th (Thu): admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall and then identify plant and animal life at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Helens road trip website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to St Helens takes 1.5 hours. In December in St Helens, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall

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.
On the 28th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Gourlay's Sweet Shop ©
Gourlay's Sweet Shop

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