13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

13 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania attractions planner
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Bus
2
Strahan
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hobart
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Launceston
— 2 nights
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 1 night

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, then hike along Marion's Lookout Walk, and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Cradle Mountain Canyons, then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park vacation maker website.

Melbourne to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus 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 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, then see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strahan trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hobart.
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Hobart — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton (about 30 minutes away). On the 21st (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary Historic Site, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip app.

You can drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Tessellated Pavement, see majestic marine mammals with Wild Ocean Tasmania, and then hike along Three Capes Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then take an in-depth tour of The Parsonage.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Port Arthur sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hobart to Port Arthur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, then don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay holiday planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Coles Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Launceston.
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), stroll around City Park, browse the exhibits of Design Centre Tasmania, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum, surround yourself with nature on Low Head Penguin Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seahorse World, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Launceston tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Launceston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · 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.
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