60 days in Cairns Region & Tasmania Itinerary

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Cairns
— 11 nights
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Stanley
— 3 nights
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Strahan
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
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Devonport
— 5 nights
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Launceston
— 8 nights
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Coles Bay
— 7 nights
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Eaglehawk Neck
— 4 nights
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Hobart
— 12 nights
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Cairns — 11 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas, Palm Cove Beach, &more). Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Stanley.
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Stanley — 3 nights

Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as The Nut State Reserve and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Museum-lovers will get to explore Stanley Discovery Museum and Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Stanley: Wynyard (Table Cape Lighthouse, Wynyard Penguin Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, look for gifts at Providore 24, and don't miss a visit to The Arty Duck.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stanley trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Stanley in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Stanley to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Strahan.
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Strahan — 2 nights

Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Jukes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, then see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Strahan trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Strahan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time 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.
Get in touch with nature at Devils @ Cradle and Cradle Mountain Canyons. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marion's Lookout Walk and Lake Lilla Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair and take in the dramatic scenery at Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park holiday builder website.

You can take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Devonport.
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Devonport — 5 nights

Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate. Take a break from the city and head to Wings Wildlife Park and Guide Falls Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Ulverstone (Preston Falls & Leven Canyon), Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains) and Mole Creek (Marakoopa Cave & Mole Creek Caves). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Observation Centre, relax in the rural setting at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese, get engrossed in the history at Bass Strait Maritime Centre, and see the interesting displays at Don River Railway.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Devonport trip planning website.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Launceston.
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Launceston — 8 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.
Get in touch with nature at Platypus House and Tamar Island Wetlands. You'll explore and learn at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Seahorse World (in Beauty Point), Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Loira Vines (in Sidmouth). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Yarns Artwork in Silk, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, get outside with Low Head Penguin Tours, and tee off at Barnbougle Dunes.

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Traveling by car from Devonport to Launceston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.
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Coles Bay — 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to East Coast Natureworld and Freycinet National Park. Get some historical perspective at Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Spiky Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea), Bicheno (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Bicheno Blowhole, &more) and Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Friendly Beaches, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Wineglass Bay, and brush up on your military savvy at Mainly Maritime Museum (Warship & Marine Corps Museum).

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip site.

Traveling by car from Launceston to Coles Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Eaglehawk Neck.
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Eaglehawk Neck — 4 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Coal Mines Historic Site. Museum-lovers will get to explore Port Arthur Historic Site and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Eaglehawk Neck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Eaglehawk Neck takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Eaglehawk Neck are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.
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Hobart — 12 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.
Get some historical perspective at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and Richmond Gaol. Step out of the city life by going to Russell Falls and Raptor Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton), Snug Bushfire Memorial (in Snug) and Derwent Estate (in Granton). Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Tasmania, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a stroll through Sullivans Cove, and admire the sheer force of Horseshoe Falls.

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You can drive from Eaglehawk Neck to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bruny Island.
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Bruny Island — 4 nights

Vacations on Bruny Island ensure a chance to spot local wildlife, like penguins, many different birds, and echidnas.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Neck and Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Inala Nature Tours and South Bruny National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Forestvale Design Centre, stop by Bruny Island Providore, trek along Fluted Cape Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bruny Island travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Bruny Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Cairns Region travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Hiking Trails
An area defined by its close relationship with the ocean and its focus on the beach-going lifestyle, Cairns Region has a picture-postcard aesthetic that combines favorably with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere. A relative small slither of land--4,135 sq km (1,597 sq mi)--the region nevertheless boasts a large number of attractive beaches, coastal enclaves, scenic towns, and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The region revolves around the economic prosperity of its immaculate capital, the city of Cairns.
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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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