17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip planner
©
Make it your trip
Fly to Hobart, Ferry to Bruny Island
1
Bruny Island
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi to Bruny, Ferry to Kettering Ferry Terminal, Ferry Rd, Bus to Port Arthur
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ansons Bay
— 1 night
Drive
5
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive
7
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
8
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Bruny Island — 2 nights

Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at South Bruny National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Neck, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fluted Cape Trail, make a trip to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, and stop by Bruny Island Honey.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bruny Island tour itinerary builder tool.

Brisbane to Bruny Island is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Bruny Island at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Arthur.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Port Arthur — 1 night

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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur travel planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Bruny Island to Port Arthur in 5 hours. December in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to Coles Bay.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

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 21st (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wineglass Bay. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and finally get great views at Whalers Lookout.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay route app.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ansons Bay.
more
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Ansons Bay — 1 night

On the 23rd (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Pyengana Dairy, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Falls Reserve. On your second day here, go for a walk through Bay of Fires, enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and then contemplate the long history of Eddystone Point Lighthouse.

Before you visit Ansons Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Coles Bay to Ansons Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Launceston.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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 25th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, then stroll around City Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Launceston driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ansons Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Launceston, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Stanley.
more
Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Stanley — 1 night

Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, then look for gifts at Providore 24, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanley trip app.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Stanley takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Stanley, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
more
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 2 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 27th (Tue), head outdoors with Cradle Mountain Canyons and then hike along Marion's Lookout Walk. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Cradle Mountain, admire the sheer force of Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park route planner.

Drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Strahan.
more
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Strahan — 2 nights

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, then examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Henty Dunes, and then stroll through Ocean Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Strahan tour itinerary maker app.

You can take a bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Hobart — 3 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.
Attractions like Food Tours and Mount Wellington make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Freshfield Grove (in Campania). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and don't miss a visit to Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hobart holiday planner.

You can drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly back home.
more
Tours · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
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.
more