26 days in Tasmania Itinerary

26 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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26 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly + Drive:  6 h
1
Wynyard
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Dover
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Hobart
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Newcastle

2
nights
Wynyard

Wynyard ©
Wynyard is a rural town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia, about 17km west of Burnie. On the 30th (Mon), let the kids burn off some steam at Burnie Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at The Nut State Reserve and then cruise along Boat Harbour Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wynyard trip planner.

Newcastle to Wynyard is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Newcastle in December, things will get a bit cooler in Wynyard: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Wynyard

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Burnie Park, The Nut State Reserve, Leven Canyon
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Boat Harbour Beach ©
Boat Harbour Beach
The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 2nd (Thu), trek along Crater Lake Circuit and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Wynyard to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Launceston.

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

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cataract Gorge Reserve and Marakoopa Cave. Your inner history buff will appreciate Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village. Get out of town with these interesting Launceston side-trips: Coles Beach (in Devonport), Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh) and Beauty Point (Platypus House & Seahorse World). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, and take a stroll through Design Inn.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Launceston trip app .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Longford, Beauty Point, Sheffield, Alum Cliffs
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, then admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Halls Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Little Blue Lake, learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from St Helens Point Conservation Area.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read St Helens trip planning tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Halls Falls, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Little Blue Lake, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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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

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Friendly Beaches and Honeymoon Bay. Kids will enjoy Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay Jetty. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Spiky Beach Conservation Area (in Swansea), Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands) and Denison Beach (in Bicheno). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Freycinet National Park, don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the galleries of Waubs Bay Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip maker .

Traveling by car from St Helens to Coles Bay takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Spiky Beach Conservation Area, Melshell Oyster Shack
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay 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.
Bring the kids along to Lime Bay State Reserve and Stewarts Bay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Port Arthur Historic Site and Government Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Arthur: Eaglehawk Neck (Fortescue Bay & Waterfall Bay). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Three Capes Track, take in the dramatic natural features at Tessellated Pavement, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur tour website .

Drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dover.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Maria Island National Park
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

2
nights
Dover

Dover ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Cockle Creek, enjoy the sand and surf at South Cape Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Duck Hole Lake Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Wall Of Lollies, stroll through Tahune Forest AirWalk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Arve Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dover trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Dover in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Dover are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Dover

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geeveston, South Cape Bay, Cockle Creek
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South Cape Bay ©
South Cape Bay
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
The Wall Of Lollies ©
The Wall Of Lollies

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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Seven Mile Beach and Nutgrove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hobart: Shene Tasmania (in Pontville) and Opossum Bay Beach (in Opossum Bay). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hobart planning website .

You can drive from Dover to Hobart in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Bellerive Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Pooseum
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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