44 days in Tasmania Itinerary

44 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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44 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  7​h
1
Stanley
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ulverstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St Helens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Coles Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Orford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Arthur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Hobart
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney


4
nights
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre and Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Highfield Historic Site and Rocky Cape Lighthouse. Explore Stanley's surroundings by going to Dip River Forest Reserve (in Mawbanna), Edge of the World (in Arthur River) and Wynyard (Fossil Bluff, Table Cape Lighthouse Experience, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve, stop by The Angel's Share, make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Point Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stanley trip planner .

Sydney to Stanley is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Stanley hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ulverstone.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wynyard, Dip River Forest Reserve, Rocky Cape Lighthouse, Green Point Beach, Edge of the World
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Rocky Cape Lighthouse ©
Rocky Cape Lighthouse

3
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate and Don River Railway. Venture out of the city with trips to Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot (in Promised Land), Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese (in Elizabeth Town) and Makers Workshop (in Burnie). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Gunns Plains Caves, make a trip to Giant Penguin, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, and relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ulverstone trip maker .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Ulverstone takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gunns Plains, Makers Workshop, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, Don River Railway, Giant Penguin
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
House of Anvers Museum of Chocolate ©

4
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Philosopher Falls (in Waratah) and Spion Kopf Lookout (in Queenstown). On the 29th (Sat), hike the day away at The Overland Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit, trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Devils @ Cradle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park road trip website .

You can drive from Ulverstone to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

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

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Spion Kopf Lookout, Philosopher Falls
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle

7
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.
Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Colonial Farm Village will appeal to history buffs. Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and Bass & Flinders Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Launceston: Wines for Joanie (in Sidmouth), Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House) and Tamar Valley Art Shack (in Clarence Point). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, explore the galleries of Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Launceston trip itinerary planner .

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to St Helens.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Longford, Beauty Point, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Tamar Valley Art Shack
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 6:
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate

2
nights
St Helens

St Helens ©
On the 7th (Mon), admire the sheer force of St Columba Falls Reserve, admire the sheer force of St Columba Waterfall, then learn about winemaking at Priory Ridge, and finally kick back and relax at Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Shop in the Bush, experience rural life at Pyengana Dairy & Holy Cow Cafe, examine the collection at St Marys Cranks and Tinkerers, then take in the exciting artwork at Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Madd=Mudd Studio Gallery.

Before you visit St Helens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Launceston to St Helens in 2.5 hours. In January in St Helens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in St Helens

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

St Marys, Pyengana, Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Bay of Fires Conservation Area ©
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Waterfall ©
St Columba Waterfall
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery ©
Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Spiky Bridge are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coles Bay: Spring Vale Wines (in Cranbrook), Swansea (Melshell Oysters & Kate's Berry Farm) and East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Freycinet National Park. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Wineglass Bay Lookout, relax in the rural setting at Freycinet Marine Farm, kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches, and make a trip to Bicheno Blowhole.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay online route planner .

You can drive from St Helens to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Orford.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bicheno, Swansea, Freycinet, Cranbrook
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Change things up with these side-trips from Orford: St John the Baptist Chuch (in Buckland), Redbanks (in Nugent) and Callington Mill (in Oatlands). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Maria Island National Park, get great views at Three Thumbs Lookout, kick back and relax at Raspins Beach, and see the interesting displays at Copping Convict and Colonial Collection.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Orford online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Orford in 1.5 hours. In January in Orford, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Orford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Buckland, Callington Mill, Maria Island National Park, Copping Convict and Colonial Collection, Redbanks
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Twamley Farm ©
Twamley Farm
Redbanks ©
Redbanks

4
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Port Arthur Historic Site and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Cape Raoul and Model Prison are in your itinerary. Explore Port Arthur's surroundings by going to Eaglehawk Neck (Fortescue Bay, Waterfall Bay, & more) and Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Arthur trip site .

Drive from Orford to Port Arthur in 2 hours. In January in Port Arthur, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Taranna, Model Prison, Coal Mines Historic Site
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

10
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Richmond Gaol are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Old and New Art and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Zoodoo Zoo (in Richmond), Shene Tasmania (in Pontville) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 24th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, go for a walk through Battery Point Sculpture Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Arthur to Hobart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond, Museum of Old and New Art, Shene Tasmania, Macquarie Island, Kingston Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

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