28 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Fly
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Stanley
— 1 night
Drive
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Strahan
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive
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Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hobart
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kettering, Ferry to Bruny, Drive to Bruny Island
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Bruny Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Kettering Ferry Terminal, Ferry Rd, Fly to Melbourne

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Stanley — 1 night

Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Table Cape Lighthouse, then surround yourself with nature on Wynyard Penguin Tours, then examine the collection at Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, and finally cruise along Boat Harbour Beach. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Stanley Discovery Museum, contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, then don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Stanley visit planner.

Melbourne to Stanley is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit cooler in Stanley: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Strahan.
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Strahan — 3 nights

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strahan: Zeehan Rock Shop (in Zeehan) and Queenstown (Mount Jukes, Kelly Basin, &more). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Strahan trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Strahan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park — 3 nights

A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shadow Lake Circuit Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park planner.

Traveling by bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Launceston.
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Launceston — 5 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.
Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Gunns Plains (Wings Wildlife Park & Gunns Plains Caves), Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Low Head Penguin Tours (in Low Head). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Design Centre Tasmania.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Launceston itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Coles Bay.
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Coles Bay — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spiky Bridge (in Swansea), Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook) and Bicheno (Bicheno Blowhole, East Coast Natureworld, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, stop by Log Cabin General Store Bicheno, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Freycinet National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner.

Getting from Launceston to Coles Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.
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Port Arthur — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Waterfall Bay in Eaglehawk Neck (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Port Arthur Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave, admire the landmark architecture of The Penitentiary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip planner.

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or 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 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hobart.
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Hobart — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raptor Refuge (in Kettering) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 30th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Bruny Island.
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Bruny Island — 1 night

Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Neck, look for all kinds of wild species at Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Inala Jurassic Garden.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bruny Island itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hobart to Bruny Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. January in Bruny Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Mountains · Art Museums
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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