9 days in Tasmania Itinerary

9 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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9 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Orford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Devonport
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Brighton to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, browse the different shops at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, head off the coast to Macquarie Island, and contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hobart vacation planner .

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Hobart hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Mona, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Remarkable Cave, identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Arthur, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orford.

Things to do in Port Arthur

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

1
night
Orford

Orford ©
Orford is a village on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia 73 kilometres north-east of Hobart. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Maria Island National Park and then appreciate the history behind Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Orford visit planning tool .

Drive from Port Arthur to Orford in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Orford are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Orford

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Tasmania
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Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, enjoy the sea views from Cape Tourville Lighthouse, then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay vacation planner.

You can drive from Orford to Coles Bay in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Coles Bay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Freycinet, Bicheno Blowhole
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Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Cape Tourville Lighthouse ©
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

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 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop, then view the masterpieces at Design Centre Tasmania, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Launceston day trip planning website .

Drive from Coles Bay to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Launceston sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

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

1
night
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
On the 2nd (Wed), trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online 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 car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Devonport.

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

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through The Tasmanian Arboretum, then experience rural life at Turners Beach Berry Patch, then kick back and relax at Coles Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mersey Bluff Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Devonport tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Devonport by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Devonport

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Turners Beach Berry Patch
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Coles Beach ©
Coles Beach
The Tasmanian Arboretum ©
The Tasmanian Arboretum
Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch

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