20 days in Tasmania Itinerary

20 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 11th (Sun), trek along Marion's Lookout Walk and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barn Bluff. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cradle Mountain Canyons, contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip planning site.

Devonport to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the 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 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Strahan day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Strahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.
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Hobart — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Food Tours and Opossum Bay Beach. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner.

Drive from Strahan to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Arthur.
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Port Arthur — 3 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 a sense of the local culture at Port Arthur Historic Site and The Parsonage. Relax by the water at Stewarts Bay and Fortescue Bay. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with Wild Ocean Tasmania, make a trip to Tessellated Pavement, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul, and pause for some photo ops at Dog Line.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online vacation planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Coles Bay.
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Coles Bay — 3 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.
Visiting Wineglass Bay and Denison Beach will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Waubs Bay Gallery and East Coast Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Coles Bay with a short trip to Spiky Beach Conservation Area in Swansea, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, get great views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay, and explore and take pictures at Coles Bay Jetty.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Coles Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to St Helens.
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St Helens — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): go for a walk through Bay of Fires, then kick back and relax at Bay of Fires, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then relax and rejuvenate at Aloha Dreaming Massage, and then play a few rounds at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the St Helens trip builder website.

You can drive from Coles Bay to St Helens in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in St Helens are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Launceston.
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Launceston — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tasmania’s Town of Murals and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Gunns Plains Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Preston Falls (in Ulverstone), Coles Beach (in Devonport) and Wings Wildlife Park (in Gunns Plains). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Low Head Penguin Tours, wander the streets of Design Inn, identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, and take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Launceston trip planner.

Drive from St Helens to Launceston in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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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