17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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17 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Burnie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mole Creek Caves and Tamar Island Wetlands. Step off the beaten path and head to Marakoopa Cave and Liffey Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Alum Cliffs (in Chudleigh), Woolmers Estate (in Longford) and Deloraine Creative Studios (in Deloraine). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, explore the activities along Tamar River, view the masterpieces at Tasmanian Glassblowers, and see the interesting displays at Franklin House.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston day trip app .

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Launceston at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Burnie.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mole Creek, Deloraine, Alum Cliffs, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Woolmers Estate
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Tamar Island Wetlands ©
Tamar Island Wetlands
Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave

2
nights
Burnie

Burnie ©
Burnie is a port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Leven Canyon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Preston Falls, then Head underground at Gunns Plains Caves, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fern Glade Reserve. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Turners Beach Berry Patch, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Guide Falls Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Burnie trip planner.

You can drive from Launceston to Burnie in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Burnie can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Burnie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Ulverstone, Turners Beach Berry Patch
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park
Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, see the interesting displays at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, then take in the waterfront at Horsetail Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Nelson Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online travel planner .

Drive from Burnie to Queenstown in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hogarth Falls
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
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Nelson Falls ©
Nelson Falls
Hogarth Falls ©
Hogarth Falls
Horsetail Falls ©
Horsetail Falls

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.
Visiting Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Friendly Beaches and Wineglass Bay Lookout. Change things up with a short trip to Melshell Oysters in Swansea (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, experience rural life at Freycinet Marine Farm, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bay.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay road trip site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Coles Bay takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Cranbrook, Melshell Oysters, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Friendly Beaches ©
Friendly Beaches
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door

3
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Escape the urban bustle at Maria Island National Park and Tasman Arch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Three Capes Track and Tessellated Pavement. Step out of Port Arthur to go to Eaglehawk Neck and see Fortescue Bay, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Arthur online road trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Port Arthur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Fortescue Bay ©
Fortescue Bay
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

3
nights
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 Seven Mile Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Bring the kids along to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Kingston Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Franklin River Nature Trail, do a tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard, take in the spiritual surroundings of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, and take a stroll through North Hobart.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip planning app .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Hobart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Hobart sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Richmond, Franklin River Nature Trail, Seven Mile Beach, Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Puddleduck Vineyard ©
Puddleduck Vineyard

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