36 days in Tasmania Itinerary

36 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania travel route planner

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Launceston
— 5 nights
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Coles Bay
— 5 nights
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Port Arthur
— 7 nights
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Hobart
— 9 nights
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Strahan
— 3 nights
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Sheffield
— 6 nights
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Launceston

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cataract Gorge Reserve and The Tamar Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Low Head Penguin Tours (in Low Head). The adventure continues: stroll around City Park, experience rural life at Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company, shop like a local with Design Centre Tasmania, and steep yourself in history at Woolmers Estate.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Launceston online trip builder.

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Launceston at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Coles Bay

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wineglass Bay Lookout and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Bicheno (Denison Beach & Bicheno Blowhole). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Port Arthur

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Port Arthur Historic Site and Stewarts Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Arthur: Eaglehawk Neck (Tasman National Park & Tasman Arch) and Bangor Vineyard Shed (in Dunalley). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Wild Ocean Tasmania, make a trip to Remarkable Cave, contemplate the long history of Australian Convict Sites, and admire the natural beauty at Soldiers Memorial Avenue.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip planner.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. February in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 14:

Hobart

— 9 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Food Tours and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Zoodoo Zoo (in Richmond). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and stroll through Seven Mile Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip app.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 23:

Strahan

— 3 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Hogarth Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Strahan: Queenstown (Eric Thomas Galley Museum & Nelson Falls). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Strahan holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Strahan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sheffield.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:

Sheffield

— 6 nights
Sheffield is a town 23 kilometres inland from Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Attractions like Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot and Tasmania’s Town of Murals make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Sheffield: Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh), Mole Creek (Mole Creek Caves & Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake Circuit, &more). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese and take in the dramatic scenery at Preston Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sheffield trip itinerary site.

Getting from Strahan to Sheffield by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Sheffield can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sheffield

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 4:

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · 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.