15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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15 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Devonport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Get out of town with these interesting Devonport side-trips: Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mole Creek), Sykes Sanctuary (in Railton) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Devils @ Cradle, Cradle Mountain, & more). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Turners Beach Berry Patch, visit a coastal fixture at The Low Head Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Coles Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Devonport journey maker .

Sydney to Devonport is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Devonport to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Turners Beach Berry Patch, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Sykes Sanctuary, The Low Head Lighthouse
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Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Woolmers Estate and The Old Umbrella Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Design Centre Tasmania and Holm Oak Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield) and Goaty Hill Wines (in Kayena). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Glassblowers, stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Launceston trip planner.

Getting from Devonport to Launceston by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Launceston

#Shopping, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goaty Hill Wines, Evandale Market, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Entally Estate ©
Entally Estate

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Gala Estate Vineyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oysters (in Swansea). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches and trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip builder .

You can drive from Launceston to Coles Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Melshell Oysters, East Coast Natureworld, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Gala Estate Vineyard
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Melshell Oysters ©
Melshell Oysters
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Coal Mines Historic Site, trek along Waterfall Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip planning tool .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Coal Mines Historic Site, Waterfall Bay
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site

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.
Head to Salamanca Market and Hammer and Hand Metal Galleryfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mona and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, and take in the views from Tasman Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Hobart sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mona, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Macquarie Island
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Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market
Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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