5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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5 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne


2
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.
Attractions like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Bellerive Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, get engrossed in the history at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hobart vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Kingston Beach, Macquarie Island, Museum of Old and New Art
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Kingston Beach ©
Kingston Beach

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (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.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop, then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Launceston road trip app .

Drive from Port Arthur to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Design Centre Tasmania ©
Design Centre Tasmania

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