18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Port Arthur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Hobart

2
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Coal Mines Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Remarkable Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Lime Bay State Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur trip website .

Hobart to Port Arthur is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Coal Mines Historic Site ©
Coal Mines Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seven Mile Beach and Long Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. On the 22nd (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hobart holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

#Tours, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Wicked Cheese Co., Bellerive Beach, Mona
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:
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Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

3
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stop by Wilderness Woodworks, then see the interesting displays at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wings Wildlife Park and then wander the streets of Tasmania’s Town of Murals.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hobart to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

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

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Strahan, Tasmania’s Town of Murals, Wings Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Wings Wildlife Park ©
Wings Wildlife Park

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.
On the 28th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally walk along Wineglass Bay Lookout. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coles Bay trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bicheno, Freycinet, Spiky Bridge, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, and then learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Launceston journey planning website .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Woolmers Estate, Holm Oak Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

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