21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
1
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Strahan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Devonport
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
6
Launceston
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Let the collections at Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur and Port Arthur Historic Site capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Waterfall Bay. Go for a jaunt from Port Arthur to Saltwater River to see Coal Mines Historic Site about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cape Raoul and admire the majestic nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Arthur trip builder tool .

Sydney to Port Arthur is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit cooler in Port Arthur: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taranna, Coal Mines Historic Site, Waterfall Bay
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Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site
Cape Raoul ©
Cape Raoul
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tahune Forest AirWalk and Nolan Art Gallery & School. We've included these beaches for you: Seven Mile Beach and Long Beach. Step out of Hobart to go to Kettering and see Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, stop by Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery, explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hobart online travel route builder .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Tahune Forest AirWalk, Nutpatch Handmade Fine Chocolate
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Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks Strahan, then take an in-depth tour of West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, and then see the interesting displays at Eric Thomas Galley Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Strahan online day trip planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Strahan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan, Sarah Island Historic Site, Eric Thomas Galley Museum
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West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan ©
West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan
Sarah Island Historic Site ©
Sarah Island Historic Site
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan ©
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Cradle Mountain and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at The Wall in the Wilderness and then delve into the lush surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Devonport.

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

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin River Nature Trail, The Wall in the Wilderness
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
The Wall in the Wilderness ©
The Wall in the Wilderness

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a taste of local nightlife at Turners Beach Berry Patch, then identify plant and animal life at Wings Wildlife Park, then stop by World Of Marbles, and finally explore the galleries of Albert Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stop by Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts and then kick back and relax at Coles Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Devonport vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In January in Devonport, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sheffield, Turners Beach Berry Patch, Under The Oak, handmade gallery and gifts, Wings Wildlife Park
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Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch
World Of Marbles ©
World Of Marbles

5
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.
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village and Brickendon Estate will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and The Mill Providore Gifts & Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena) and Delamere Vineyards (in Pipers Brook). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, stop by Honey Tasmania, take in the exciting artwork at Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Entally House.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Launceston route tool .

Traveling by bus from Devonport to Launceston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Launceston sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longford, Goaty Hill Wines, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Evandale Market, Delamere Vineyards
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Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and then explore the activities along Coles Bay. On your second day here, do a tasting at Spring Vale Wines, learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, and finally see the interesting displays at Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip planning website .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Freycinet, Cranbrook, Bicheno's Motorcycle Museum & Restoration, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Gala Estate Vineyard ©
Gala Estate Vineyard

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