10 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Launceston
— 2 nights
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Strahan
— 1 night
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Coles Bay
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur
— 2 nights
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Hobart
— 2 nights
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Launceston — 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and Low Head Penguin Tours. Get outdoors at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Mole Creek Caves. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to The Low Head Lighthouse (in Low Head), Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tamar Island Wetlands, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planner.

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 3.5-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 January, expect Launceston to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Strahan.
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Strahan — 1 night

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Strahan travel site.

Getting from Launceston to Strahan by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.
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Coles Bay — 2 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.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, then explore the wide array of goods at Log Cabin General Store Bicheno, and then kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coles Bay online road trip planner.

You can drive from Strahan to Coles Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Port Arthur.
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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then make a trip to Remarkable Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania, explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, head outdoors with Tasman Arch, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waterfall Bay, and finally contemplate the long history of Government Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Port Arthur trip planner.

Getting from Coles Bay to Port Arthur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hobart.
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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.
On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Raptor Refuge, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Seven Mile Beach, examine the collection at Richmond Gaol, and then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip planning app.

Drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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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.
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