I created this Tasmania itinerary for a full 10-day trip after I spend an amazing holiday on this unique little island. Tasmania has blown me away with its amazing landscapes, food, and beaches that you will ever see in your life! Much to my surprise, it is full of a lot of lush bush area and mountains, incredible blue beaches and lots of funky, hip little shops! Because of this, I am now sharing my best tips for spending 10 days in Tasmania!
From Hobart to cradle mountains and the lavender fields, this island is a unique little gift that just keeps on giving. By spending 10 days on the island you will be able to see most of its incredible sights. Well, I’ve got you covered, here is a Tasmania itinerary 10 days, I researched and have written this for you. Jam-packed full of the best this beautiful state has to offer.
TASMANIA ITINERARY FOR 10 DAYS | THE BASICS
Apart from knowing what to do and what to see in Tasmania, it’s also useful to know some of the basics of the island. Where to get a rental car, when is the best time to visit and more.
Underneath you will find the answers.
Tasmania is Australia’s most southern, and only island state. It is separated from mainland Australia by a 240 kilometer stretch of water called “The Bass Strait”.
Tasmania is, of course, most famous for its nature: separated from the mainland, it has many species found nowhere else on earth and more than 40 percent of the state is protected in national parks and reserves.
Size | 68,401 km²
Population | 515,000 (Sep 2014)
Slogan or nickname | The Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle and Tassie
Languages | English
Currency | $ AUD
TASMANIA WEATHER AND WHEN TO VISIT?
Summertime is the best time to head to Tassie. During this period, it is warm and dry, so perfect for island exploration. Yes, summer is also the peak period on the island, but that’s for good reason. Winter season in Tasmania is from March-May and can be quite chilly. But that allows you the best chance of seeing Aurora Australis and probably even some snow.
GETTING AROUND | CAR RENTAL IN TASMANIA
The best way to explore the island and fully enjoying this 10-day Tasmania Itinerary is by driving yourself. So, I would suggest hiring a car for your trip.
Underneath are just a couple of rental places you could hire your car from:
- Bargain Car Rentals | Cheap Car Hire Tasmania
- Hertz Car Rental Hobart Airport
- Budget Car & Truck Rental Hobart City
- A good comparison site to check for cheap cars is vroomvroom. Also worth checking out.
WHY SHOULD I VISIT TASMANIA?
Tasmania has recently shaken off its reputation as Australia’s sleepy backwater. The countries smallest state is buzzing with art, has an exciting food scene as well as breathtaking national parks, is littered with some of the best walking trails. Not only this, but Tasmania has an interesting history, littering the island with beautiful old buildings. And let’s not forget the sprawling and interesting wildlife.
Fine foods and cuisines like high-quality cheeses, wines, and chocolates can be found in abundance in Tassie. The island is also home to breweries of some of Australia’s most respected modern beer brands, such as Cascade and Boags.
If this is not enough reasons to visit Tasmania, then maybe Aurora australis – also called the southern lights – might pull you over the line.
Tasmania road trip itinerary | route overview & drive times
Underneath you can find an overview of my Tasmania road trip itinerary. Keep in mind that this is just an itinerary that I think works best. You can add on destinations or remove destinations if one does not appeal to you.
Day 1 | Hobart
Day 2 | Bruny Island
Day 3 | Tasman Peninsula + Port Arthur
Day 4 | Hiking the incredible capes
Day 5 | Wineglass Bay + Honeymoon Bay at Freycinet National Park
Day 6 | Bay of Fires
Day 7 | Launceston and its surroundings
Day 8 | Cradle Mountain National Park
Day 9 | Stanley and the North-West
Day 10 | Hobart or Launceston
This extensive Tasmania road trip covers 1,591 kilometers (Just under 1.000 miles) and is covering a large part of the island. Underneath a handy break down:
(and back to Hobart)
|190 km||3-4 hours
Including 1-hour round trip on a ferry
|Hobart||Port Arthur||100 km||1-2 hours|
|Port Arthur||Coles Bay||231 km||3-4 hours|
|Coles Bay||Wineglass bay and Honeymoon Bay
and back to Coles Bay)
|30 km||1 hour|
|Coles Bay||Bay of fires||131 km||2 hours|
|Bay of Fires||Launceston||190 km||3 hours|
|Launceston||Cradle Mountain||141 km||2 hours|
|Cradle Mountain||Stanley||174 km||2 hours|
|Stanley||Hobart||404 km||4-5 hours|
* Staying in Hobart in day 1.
DAY 1 | HOBART
For the purposes of this Tasmania itinerary 10 days, I will assume that you arrived in Hobart yesterday and that our first day will start right from when you wake up.
Hobart is a hidden little gem. I absolutely fell in love with the cute little city when I visited it for the first time in March 2019. The city has the charm of an old harbor town, with lots of historic buildings, a cute harbor and lots of pretty views. Just a short scoot over Bass Straight and you’re in a magical land that’s so naturally beautiful it takes your breath away. There’s mountains, forests, national parks and rustic oceans for days. In my opinion, this makes Hobart the perfect place to relax from city life or just a great place for a mini getaway.
On your first day wander around the city and explore all that it has to offer.
Sullivan’s Cove makes up the majority of the downtown harbor area and is the quintessential Hobart tourist spot. It offers the best of both worlds | Food, and sites!
This was a part of Hobart to not be missed! The original downtown and settlement area in Tasmania and it was always a great place to meet locals, tourists and people from all walks of life!
Sullivan’s Cove now encompasses Victoria Dock, Constitution Dock, Franklin Wharf, Elizabeth Street Pier, Brooke Street Pier, Murray Street Pier, the Princes Wharfs, etc where there are masses of boats – yachts, fishing boats, Antarctic Research Vessels, Ice breakers, cruise ships, the Mona Rona, whale watching boats, etc -, plentiful restaurants, bars, shops, and hotels.
CENOTAPH NATIONAL PARK
The cenotaph is the main commemorative military monument for tor Tasmania.
This Cenotaph is located in a slightly elevated park just out of the center of town (about a 15-minute walk)towards the Tasman Bridge, with stunning views over the Derwent River, the Tasman Bridge on one side and Mount Wellington on the other side of the park.
The walk up to the cenotaph is quite lovely. There are dual pathways across the large grassed area with trees on either side and a large grassed lawn area between the paths. At the place where the paths join there is a small monument to the unknown soldier with an eternal flame burning.
Further on there are two very large triangular-shaped sandstone rocks on an angle. These almost form a guard of honor on the pathway to the actual cenotaph.
On the front side of the Cenotaph, there are references to the two World Wars, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation, the Vietnam War and Peacekeeping operations. On another face, there are references to the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Let’s hope that there are no more wars added to the list, it is already too long. But the park is a lovely remembrance of those who fought for our freedom.
THE SOLDIERS MEMORIAL AVENUE | QUEENS DOMAIN
The Soldier’s Memorial Avenue forms part of the Queens Domain. The Avenue of Honour comprising 520 trees planted in 1918 and 1919 to commemorate soldiers, mainly from Hobart, who died in World War I (the Great War) 1914–1918. Additional trees were added in the Soldiers Memorial Avenue Extension in the Cenotaph precinct in 1926. In all, there are 533 individually named trees plus one for an Unknown Soldier and three trees planted by dignitaries.
It is an impressive way to remember fallen soldiers.
CHECK OUT QUIRKY MONA
This is a love-hate museum | Yes MONA is of course on my Tasmania itinerary 10 days list, I find people either absolutely love MONA or roam around in a constant state of WTF. But, if you’re visiting Hobart, and it is a gloomy and rainy day, then a quick visit to this museum should definitely be on your to-do list.
The museum is perched on the River Derwent, the privately-funded MONA is unlike any gallery experience in Australia. With obvious exhibits designed to confront people, the large expanse and range of the items make this quite extraordinary. It’s eccentric, whacky and provocative.
The best way to get to MONA is by ferry, which departs from Brooke Street Pier and takes about 30 minutes.
If the weather is not cooperating with your first day In Tasmania, then this is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours.
If you are in Hobart on Saturday, then make sure to check out the Salamanca markets.
The cities biggest outdoor market is held every Saturday and it is a true treasures cave. First of all, it is massive and it can take you hours to wander around. Secondly, it is filled with amazing local produce, alcohol, designers items, trinkets, cheeses, art, and antiques.
A lot of the stalls have EFTPOS facilities, which is handy if you don’t carry cash like me.
The market is held on Salamanca Pl from 9 AM-3 PM so if you are in the city on that day, don’t forget to stop by the market.
DAY 2 | BRUNY ISLAND
Head down to Kettering Ferry Terminal in the morning and hop on the ferry to Bruny Island. The first one leaves at 6.30 am and then pretty much one every 30 minutes. The trip to the island is only 20 minutes.
Visiting the island is one of the best things to do in Tasmania. Bruny Island is 362 square kilometers of farms, agricultural beaches, rivers, and rough wilderness areas.
From the moment you disembark from the Ferry, you will see massive fields filled with grapes and fruits, you will see businesses selling fresh berries, cheeses, and whiskeys.
If you take your camera with you, then you can see gorgeous white sand beaches, small coves and camping areas along the Bruny coastline making it a great day trip from Hobart.
This trip will take you an entire day. If you still have energy left in the evening then I suggest going for a wander through Sullivan’s Cove and its surroundings at night. It is lovely after sunset.
DAY 3 | TASMAN PENINSULA + PORT ARTHUR
After two days in Hobart, it is time to move on. Today we head to the Tasman Peninsula, approximately 75 kilometers by the Arthur Highway, South-East of Hobart whilst we are on our way to Port Arthur.
The peninsula is best known for the famous Port Arthur Historic site, one of Tasmania’s five World Heritage-listed convict sites. Much of the peninsula is protected as National Park, given its beauty and natural diversity, and is home to many animals including the brushtail possum, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales as well as the endangered swift parrot and many forest-dwelling birds.
This spectacular coastal environment includes soaring 300-meter high sea cliffs and a number of fascinating coastal rock formations such as Tessellated Pavement, the Blow Hole, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, Remarkable Cave, and Waterfall Bay, all easy to get to by car.
Next, head to the former convict settlement of Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. It has won many awards and has been called one of Australia’s great tourism destinations. The Site combines a rich history and scenic beauty to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is a place to discover Australian history and connect with the origins of Australian culture.
Side note | In 1996 Australia’s worst massacre happened at Port Arthur, changing our country and its laws dramatically, so I ask if you are to visit Port Arthur to please remember to be respectful at all times, it is an incredible historic site but for so many people in this country it is also a painful reminder of the terrible events that happened not so long ago.
I suggest finding accommodation near Port Arthur or in the Cape Hauv area, as that is where you are starting day 4 of this Tasmania itinerary 10 days.
DAY 4 | HIKING THE INCREDIBLE CAPES
If the weather permits then today is a day of hiking, so straps your walking boots on. The Cape Hauy Walking Track is a little over 8 kilometers long lightly trafficked walking track. It’s a long journey to the end, and there are lots of stairs along the way, but in the end, the view is worth the hike!
Everyone with a fair degree of fitness should do the Cape Hauy walk starting from the boat ramp. It is a 4-5 hour return walk and there are a lot (And I mean a lot) of stairs, but it is really beautiful and when you are standing on the ledge looking at the amazing cliffs it is all worth it. Walking sticks/poles are recommended but there are no really difficult steps as the whole track has been beautifully upgraded with natural stone pavings.
The Cape Hauy walk is the easiest (and quickest) off the cape walks but still provides equally spectacular views. If you are looking for something more challenging then Cape Raoul or Cape Pillar might be the track for you.
Start this walk as early in the morning as possible, as in the afternoon you need to drive to the Tasmanian East Coast. It’s now aptly named the “Great Eastern Drive” and you will soon see why. The coastal scenery is spectacular! Aim for Coles Bay which has a huge range of camping and other accommodation options, additionally, this is close to Wineglass bay, One of Tasmania’s biggest tourist attractions and your destination for day 5 of this Tasmania itinerary 10 days.
Coles Bay is about a 3-hour drive from Cape Hauy so, therefore, it is vital that you start the hike not too late in the day.
DAY 5 | WINEGLASS BAY + HONEYMOON BAY AT FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
At Coles Bay, there are two main sights that you have so see, Wineglass Bay and Honeymoon Bay and they are both located in Freycinet National Park.
Wineglass Bay is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Pristine beaches, crystal blue waters, and stunning views are just some of the reasons why. Make sure to head to the lookout, for one of the most amazing views you will see during your trip.
It is about 45 minutes walk up to the Wineglass Bay lookout and then about 90 minutes down to the Wineglass Bay beach. Total return trip time from the car park to the beach and back would be 3.5-4.5 hours.
This is a very short walk to Honeymoon bay. You can sit on the rocks and enjoy the views over the turquoise waters. It is an amazing spot to watch the sunset.
DAY 6 | MUST-SEE BAY OF FIRES
On day 6 of this Tasmania itinerary 10 days, it is time to make your way up further up the coast. There are a couple of cools stops to look at along the way to the Bay of Fires, but that is going to be your main stop of the day. I absolutely love this Bay and can spend hours strolling the incredible unique coastline for hours on end. Much of the coastline is an orange color due to the lichen and it gives a spectacular effect.
The slice of coastal heaven that is the Bay of Fires stretches over 50 kilometers from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. This beautiful part of Tasmania’s east coast has been named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination in the world and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
If you want a break from the coast, taking a side trip to Douglas Apsley National Park is a good option. This park can be found just a few kilometers north of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. This National Park is packed full of eucalyptus forests and heathlands, spectacular gorges and incredible waterfalls.
DAY 7 | LAUNCESTON AND ITS SURROUNDS
Today we are heading towards Launceston, the island’s second-largest city. But before you reach the city, there is a lot to explore.
If you are in Tasmania between December to February then you are in luck, this is the peak of flowering lavender fields, so that must be stop number one today! During this peak period, entry to Bridestowe Lavender Estate is only $10 (Free entry the rest of the year!) The entree fee includes a guided tour that will show you the history of the estate as well as the distillation process.
If you’re not visiting during the flowering season, however, I’d perhaps suggest skipping this stop. Even though it is beautiful, the itinerary is already too jam-packed, that I suggest skipping it when it’s not lavender bloom period.
The next stop of the day is in Launceston. Depending on how you feel there are a couple of sightseeing options below. For some today might be a nice day to chill and recharge a bit, as road trips can be pretty intense. If you still have a spring in your step and eager to go, here are some cool options…
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
The QVMAG is the largest museum in Australia not located in a capital city. It has some pretty cool exhibits on Launceston’s railway heritage, blacksmith factories, and you can discover colonial and bushranger artifacts, animals, geological timelines, transport history, including dinosaurs. It offers free entry, so worth checking out.
Launceston City Park
a lovely park to chill on a nice day and wander around. Established in the 1820s by the Launceston Horticultural Society and is now an important part of cultural life in Launceston and also a heritage park.
Tamar River Cruises
A great way to explore the Tamar River from a bit of comfort (And giving your feet a bit of a break). The cruise will take you on a historical journey where you will discover the stories and tales that shaped Launceston and the Tamar Valley. Travel into the heart of the Tamar and view the navigable section of the spectacular Cataract Gorge from the water.
If you wish to explore more from the countryside then driving along the Tamar Valley just north of Launceston is another option. This region is full of rich farmland with many wineries, berry farms and lavender fields. Some wineries do free tastings. Ask prior if they will cost. If they do, it’s usually only $5 which is refundable with a bottle of wine purchase. (Do not drink and drive though, not cool)
DAY 8 | CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Today we are heading to Cradle Mountain National Park. This is a veritable hiking paradise, with plenty of different walking routes for each its own. So whether you want a short easy track or an adventure and challenging all-day hike, it is all possible.
If you’re game then you can try the Cradle Mountain summit which gets pretty intense towards the end and is comfortably a day walk. It offers stunning views though and is worth the effort. Make sure to visit the Information Centre on site for a comprehensive list of walks and check the weather before leaving, conditions can change quickly and you don’t want to be caught off guard in Tassie weather!
If you don’t want to do a walk, then along the way to the National Park make a stop at Liffey Falls. (I am not sure if you will have time if you are planning to do the summit walk) The falls are a series of four distinct tiered–cascade waterfalls and simply beautiful.
DAY 9 | STANLEY AND THE NORTH-WEST
After an intense day of hiking the Cradle Mountain National Park is it now time to make your way along the islands Northwest coast to Stanley. It is about a 3-hour drive, and along the way, you will see many great sights to stop at.
Table Cape and Table Cape Tulip Farm are just two stops you could check out. Table Cape which is a lighthouse-topped landmass with tulip fields bursting into incredible vibrant colors during spring. The tulip farm costs $12.00 to entree and is not the largest place you will ever visit. So if tulips/gardening is not your thing, and you are not after an Instagram picture, then maybe skip this.
Stanley is a romantic town sitting on a slender sliver of land jutting out into the Bass Strait on Tasmania’s northwest coast. It is remarkable for its incredibly well-preserved colonial buildings and its massive volcanic plug. The plug rises 150 meters out of the water and it dominates the small town skyline. the ‘Nut’, a volcanic plug, is their main tourist attraction. The Nut offers 360° views from the top. It is a strenuous hike that takes you 150 meters above the sea. if you want to know more about the history of this small sliver of land, then head to The Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre.
DAY 10 | GETTING TO THE AIRPORT | HOBART OR LAUNCESTON
On Day 10 of this Tasmania itinerary 10 days, you will probably have to make your way back to wherever you are catching your flight from.
Hobart is located about a 4.30 hours drive from Stanly and Launceston is about 2.30 hours drive. If you haven’t booked your flights yet, then I suggest flying into Hobart and flying out of Launceston (If possible with your home destination). Sometimes if however super expensive to only buy one-way tickets, or certain airports at certain times can be super expensive as well. So have a look before you book to make sure what works for you. It can be done either way, as a 4.30-minute drive is still easily done.
When I first traveled to Tasmania I absolutely fell in love with this island. It is so much more beautiful and impressive then you can imagine! I hope that my Tasmania itinerary 10 days helped you plan your trip. Of course, can you change it as you like, and shorten and extend it where necessary.
If you have been to Tasmania let me know in the comments below! I would love to know what you thought of this island!
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