12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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12 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Gold Coast

2
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre in Beaconsfield (about 40 minutes away). Dedicate the 2nd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and stroll around City Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Launceston route maker website .

Gold Coast to Launceston is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in February; daily highs in Launceston reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Woolmers Estate, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

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

Traveling by car from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

2
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
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.
On the 7th (Fri), do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, then explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Melshell Oyster Shack, make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole, and then make a trip to Mt Amos Climb.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gala Estate Vineyard, Melshell Oyster Shack, Bicheno Blowhole
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Remarkable Cave, get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then admire all the interesting features of Tessellated Pavement. Keep things going the next day: trek along Waterfall Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck, and then trek along Three Capes Track.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Hobart is known for nature, shopping, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Kingston Beach
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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