22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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22 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
1
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Gunns Plains
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 4th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Darlington Vineyard and then enjoy the sand and surf at Raspins Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Baptist Chuch, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Tasmanian Bushland Garden.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Orford itinerary planner.

Sydney to Orford is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Orford at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Buckland, Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach
Tasmanian Bushland Garden ©
Tasmanian Bushland Garden

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Coles Bay side-trips: Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands), Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea) and Bicheno (Denison Beach & East Coast Natureworld). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and learn about winemaking at Craigie Knowe Vineyard.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Coles Bay itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Orford to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Cranbrook, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, St Columba Waterfall, 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

4
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.
Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Holm Oak Vineyards (in Rowella). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, do a tasting at The Pinot Shop, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston online tour planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gunns Plains.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Woolmers Estate, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Holm Oak Vineyards
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Gunns Plains

Gunns Plains ©
On the 14th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Gunns Plains Caves, then identify plant and animal life at Wings Wildlife Park, then stop by Wilmot Country Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Leven Valley Vineyard.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gunns Plains driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Gunns Plains takes 2 hours. When traveling from Launceston in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gunns Plains: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Strahan.

Things to do in Gunns Plains

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Wilmot Country Store
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Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Wilmot Country Store ©
Wilmot Country Store

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Frenchmans Cap and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kelly Basin.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Strahan trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Gunns Plains to Strahan in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Frenchmans Cap, Kelly Basin
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Frenchmans Cap ©
Frenchmans Cap
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill

4
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.
When in Port Arthur, make a side trip to see Waterfall Bay in Eaglehawk Neck, approximately Eaglehawk Neck away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Port Arthur Historic Site, hike along Three Capes Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stewarts Bay.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur travel route planner.

You can drive from Strahan to Port Arthur in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

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