8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Stanley
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery, stop by Providore 24, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Stanley trip planner .

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. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Stanley to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Providore 24 ©
Providore 24

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), walk around City Park, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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 22nd (Sun), trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coles Bay Jetty. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Coles Bay journey planning website .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Coles Bay Jetty
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

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night
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 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Arthur visit planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Port Arthur takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. On the 26th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hobart day trip site .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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