21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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21 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Ulverstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Stanley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit and then take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ulverstone travel planning tool .

Sydney to Ulverstone is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In January, Ulverstone is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Stanley.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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Marion's Lookout Walk ©
Marion's Lookout Walk
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 7th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Dip River Forest Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Table Cape Lighthouse Experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boat Harbour Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Stanley attractions planner .

Getting from Ulverstone to Stanley by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Stanley are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wynyard, Dip River Forest Reserve
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visit Woolmers Estate and Entally House for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Launceston: Llama Farma (in Elizabeth Town), Platypus House (in Beauty Point) and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around City Park, admire the sheer force of Lilydale Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Tamar Island Wetlands, and get a sense of history and politics at City of Launceston Town Hall.

Before you visit Launceston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Launceston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Platypus House, Notley Fern Gorge, Llama Farma, Woolmers Estate, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Waterfall, cast your line with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Halls Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at St Columba Falls Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Little Blue Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St Helens day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Launceston to St Helens takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

St Columba Falls Reserve, Halls Falls, Little Blue Lake, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails ©
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

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.
Get in touch with nature at Freycinet National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea) and Bicheno (East Coast Natureworld & Denison Beach). And it doesn't end there: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, view the masterpieces at Waubs Bay Gallery, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Coles Bay road trip tool .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Spiky Beach Conservation Area
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Visit Port Arthur Historic Site and Australian Convict Sites for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Three Capes Track and Maria Island National Park. Step out of Port Arthur to go to Eaglehawk Neck and see Waterfall Bay, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Raoul, contemplate the long history of Paupers Depot, and appreciate the history behind Dog Line.

For traveler tips, photos, 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. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to St John the Baptist Chuch in Buckland--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Presbyterian Church, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planner .

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St John the Baptist Chuch, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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