8 days in Hobart, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

8 days in Hobart, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Hobart, Launceston & Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park Itinerary

Start: Hobart
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Launceston
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Hobart

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.
Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. On the 23rd (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

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In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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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 (Tue), examine the collection at National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Platypus House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seahorse World, then explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and finally stroll through City Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston route planner .

Getting from Hobart to Launceston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Beauty Point
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Platypus House ©
Platypus House

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hogarth Falls, and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gunns Plains Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Preston Falls.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park travel route planner .

Drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

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

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Strahan, Gunns Plains, Preston Falls
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Gunns Plains Caves ©
Gunns Plains Caves
Hogarth Falls ©
Hogarth Falls

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