13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania travel planner

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Hobart
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
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Coles Bay
— 3 nights
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Strahan
— 1 day
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Launceston
— 4 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at North Hobart and Puddleduck Vineyard. Get outdoors at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tahune Forest AirWalk. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Sorell to see Nonesuch Distillery about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Hobart travel planner.

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. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Hobart: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Port Arthur

— 2 nights
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 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, contemplate the long history of Port Arthur Historic Site, then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Tasman Arch, then get engrossed in the history at Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, and then contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Coles Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Freycinet National Park and Honeymoon Bay. Visiting Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay Lookout will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Coles Bay to Dolphin Sands to see Kings Fine Art Gallery about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay.

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Drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Strahan

— 1 day
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Ocean Beach, see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then stop by Wilderness Woodworks Strahan, and finally get outside with Henty Dunes.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Strahan trip maker.

Drive from Coles Bay to Strahan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Strahan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Launceston

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard and Holm Oak Vineyards. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moores Hill Estate and Tamar Ridge Cellar Door. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Reliquaire (in Latrobe), Tasmania’s Town of Murals (in Sheffield) and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village (in Longford). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Mole Creek Caves, and explore the striking landscape at Alum Cliffs.

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You can drive from Strahan to Launceston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

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.