38 days in Tasmania Itinerary

38 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Launceston
— 7 nights
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St Helens
— 3 nights
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Coles Bay
— 5 nights
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Port Arthur
— 6 nights
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Hobart
— 8 nights
Drive
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Southport
— 2 nights
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Strahan
— 3 nights
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— 3 nights
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Launceston

— 7 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.
Visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve and Coles Beach will get you outdoors. Mersey Bluff Lighthouse and Brickendon Estate will appeal to history buffs. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Trout Territory (in Cressy), Low Head Penguin Tours (in Low Head) and Gunns Plains (Gunns Plains Caves & Wings Wildlife Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll around City Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notley Fern Gorge, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and relax in the rural setting at Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Launceston online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Launceston. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:

St Helens

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bay of Fires Conservation Area and St Columba Falls Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Chinese Heritage Mining Area (in Branxholm), Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails (in Derby) and St Columba Waterfall (in Pyengana). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and tee off at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St Helens trip planner.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in St Helens can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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.
Get outdoors at Wineglass Bay Lookout and Spiky Beach Conservation Area. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wineglass Bay and Denison Beach. Explore Coles Bay's surroundings by going to Bicheno (Bicheno Blowhole & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, stroll through Honeymoon Bay, take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip site.

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Port Arthur

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Wild Ocean Tasmania and Stewarts Bay. Get some historical perspective at Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Arthur: Fortescue Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Bangor Vineyard Shed (in Dunalley). There's much more to do: hike along Three Capes Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safety Cove Beach, contemplate the long history of The Separate Prison, and get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur road trip site.

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Hobart

— 8 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seven Mile Beach and Opossum Bay Beach. Visit Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Constitution Dock for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Raspins Beach (in Orford), Shene Distillery (in Pontville) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 18th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, make a trip to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hobart itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Southport.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 24:

Southport

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hartz Mountains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cockle Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Cape Bay.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Southport travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hobart to Southport by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Southport can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Strahan.

Things to do in Southport

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

Strahan

— 3 nights
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Franklin River Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Strahan side-trips: Queenstown (Kelly Basin & Nelson Falls). The adventure continues: stroll through Ocean Beach and admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Strahan tour planning website.

You can drive from Southport to Strahan in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 3 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Get in touch with nature at Dove Lake Circuit and Cradle Mountain Canyons. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, appreciate the views at Great Western Mountains, stroll through Devils @ Cradle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus back home.

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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

Tasmania travel guide

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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.