23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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23 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Ulverstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Derwent Bridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Stanley
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Ulverstone: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Marion's Lookout Walk, Dove Lake Circuit, & more) and Gunns Plains Caves (in Gunns Plains). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ulverstone trip itinerary website .

Melbourne to Ulverstone is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ulverstone, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue, Gunns Plains Caves
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Marion's Lookout Walk ©
Marion's Lookout Walk
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield), Marion's Vineyard (in Deviot) and Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Design Centre Tasmania.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Launceston road trip planner.

Getting from Ulverstone to Launceston by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Marion's Vineyard, Woolmers Estate, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Mt Amos Climb, and learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. On the 9th (Sat), experience rural life at Twamley Farm, take some stellar pictures from Three Thumbs Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Raspins Beach, and finally do a tasting at Darlington Vineyard.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Orford trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Orford takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Twamley Farm
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
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Raspins Beach ©
Raspins Beach
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm
Three Thumbs Lookout ©
Three Thumbs Lookout

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.
Take a break from Port Arthur with a short trip to Waterfall Bay in Eaglehawk Neck, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at The Parsonage, head off the coast to Maria Island National Park, and pause for some photo ops at Dog Line.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur planner .

Drive from Orford to Port Arthur in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

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.
Hobart is known for nature, shopping, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hobart itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Derwent Bridge.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Find places to stay May 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market

1
night
Derwent Bridge

Derwent Bridge ©
Derwent Bridge is a locality on the Lyell Highway at the southern edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.It is just south of Lake St Clair and the Lake St Clair visitor centre; and it is north of Lake King William and the Butlers Gorge Power Station.It is also the last inhabited location before Linda Valley in the West Coast Range - this section of the highway passes through the Wild Rivers National Park. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The Wall in the Wilderness, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair, and then stroll through Franklin River Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Derwent Bridge day trip planner.

Drive from Hobart to Derwent Bridge in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Derwent Bridge

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin River Nature Trail, Lake St. Clair
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
The Wall in the Wilderness ©
The Wall in the Wilderness

2
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Highfield Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Stanley Discovery Museum, stop by Providore 24, then identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, and finally take some stellar pictures from HA Lane Memorial Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Stanley Heritage Walk, don't miss a visit to Joe Lyons Cottage, and then take a peaceful walk through Dip River Forest Reserve.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stanley holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Derwent Bridge to Stanley takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Stanley are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Dip River Forest Reserve
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

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