13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Stanley
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout, steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stanley tour planning website .

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Stanley hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
HA Lane Memorial Lookout ©
HA Lane Memorial Lookout

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Launceston.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield), Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Seahorse World (in Beauty Point). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, and take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania.

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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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate, Seahorse World, Alum Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, and then learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard. On your second day here, let the kids burn off some steam at Melshell Oyster Shack, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay itinerary planner .

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Melshell Oyster Shack, Bicheno Blowhole, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, contemplate the long history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Australian Convict Sites. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then stroll through Three Capes Track.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur vacation planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

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.
Hobart is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and shop like a local with Salamanca Market.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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