15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Launceston
— 2 nights
2
St Helens
— 1 night
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
5
Hobart
— 6 nights

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.
Let the collections at Design Centre Tasmania and Yarns Artwork in Silk capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery and Tasmanian Glassblowers. Step out of Launceston with an excursion to Tasmania’s Town of Murals in Sheffield--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve and look for gifts at Design Inn.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Launceston travel planner.

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Launceston at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yarns Artwork in Silk, Tasmania’s Town of Murals, Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, Tasmanian Glassblowers
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania
Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery

1
night
St Helens

St Helens ©
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 20th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Suncoast Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, thentee off at Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course, and finally browse the exhibits of East Coast Art Supplies & Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St Helens trip builder tool.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course ©

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay Jetty. Escape the urban bustle at Spiky Beach Conservation Area and Friendly Beaches. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coles Bay: Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands) and Denison Beach (in Bicheno). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hazards Beach, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, and don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay trip planner.

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard, Spiky Beach Conservation Area
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Spiky Beach Conservation Area ©
Spiky Beach Conservation Area
Wineglass Bay ©
Wineglass Bay

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 24th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Stewarts Bay, and then get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Fortescue Bay, thenstroll through Safety Cove Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Government Farm, and finally appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur road trip website.

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Stewarts Bay ©
Stewarts Bay

6
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.
Attractions like Salamanca Market and Mount Wellington make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Constitution Dock. Venture out of the city with trips to South Cape Bay (in Southwest National Park), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Cockle Creek (in Southport). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), wander the streets of South Hobart, stop by Sullivans Cove, and view the masterpieces at Art Mob.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hobart trip website.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Hobart sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

South Cape Bay, Opossum Bay Beach, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 25 — 31:
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

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