8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

8 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tasmania trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Launceston
— 1 day
Drive
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Port Arthur
— 1 night
Drive
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Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strahan
— 1 night
Bus
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
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Launceston

— 1 day

The Heart of Tasmania

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 20th (Mon), walk around City Park, then stroll through Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Launceston road trip planning website.

Sydney to Launceston is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Launceston to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Port Arthur

— 1 night
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Three Capes Track and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Arthur trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Launceston to Port Arthur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Hobart

— 3 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately Brighton away. On the 22nd (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hobart online holiday planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Hobart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Strahan.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Strahan

— 1 night
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Strahan travel planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Strahan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Strahan

Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 2 nights
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils @ Cradle, take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, and then take in the awesome beauty at Barn Bluff. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Cradle Mountain Canyons and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.