Tasmania is a relatively untouched part of Australia in terms of tourism – perhaps due to distance and a lack of marketing more than anything else – however, it’s something of a gem in terms of places to travel.

Offering a distinctly different experience compared to most of the popular destinations in mainland Australia, Tasmania has an environment and atmosphere that is often compared to an uncrowded version of England, with plenty of greenery and gentle rainfall adding a fresh feel.

While it’s a relatively small state if you’re operating on a limited amount of time for your holiday planning a Tasmania itinerary can still be quite challenging. In an attempt to make things easier for planning your Tasmanian holiday, we’ve put together a recommended itinerary for stays of lengths 2, 3, 4 and 5 days in Tasmania, covering Hobart, Launceston and Port Arthur areas in particular.

Our aim with these recommendations is to provide the first-time visitor with a combination of all the best things to do in Tasmania.

NOTE: To get the most out of this itinerary, you’ll want to fly into Hobart airport and depart from Launceston airport at the end of your trip.

The majority of Tasmanian itineraries will begin with most people flying from the mainland into Hobart as their first port of call; thus you’ll have the chance to mainly focus on the highlights in and around Hobart’s capital, such as the majestic Mount Wellington, the nearby wildlife-rich Bruny Island, and the historically impressive town of Port Arthur.

Day 1

Explore Hobart and Bruny Island

Hobart City Half-Day Tour (morning or afternoon): Despite not being nearly as famous as some of Australia’s other capitals, Hobart is definitely not without its charm. As Australia’s second-oldest city, it’s not only popular for its maritime atmosphere but also its rich colonial heritage.

Both morning and afternoon tours are available that will showcase the best highlights of Hobart in an efficient yet enjoyable manner, with a cavalcade of gardens, galleries, historic landmarks and plenty of other scenic highlights on offer.

Bruny Island Cruise

These coach tours have been perfected over the years to cram as many local attractions into one itinerary without degrading the quality of the tour, and A half-day tour also means you’ve got half a day remaining to spend participating in another activity in the morning or afternoon.


Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise (3 hours): Bruny Island is one of the more stunning, yet underrated, wildlife destinations in Australia. This award-winning nature cruise was voted one of Australia’s best tourism attractions three years running between 2008-11, and with good cause: on the trip you’ll come across a huge range of amazing natural surrounds as well as local Tasmanian wildlife such as dolphins, seals, whales, albatross and a myriad of other marine life.

This award-winning nature cruise was voted one of Australia’s best tourism attractions three years running between 2008-11, and with good cause: on the trip you’ll come across a huge range of amazing natural surrounds as well as local Tasmanian wildlife such as dolphins, seals, whales, albatross and a myriad of other marine life.

The rocky and rugged coastline contrasts beautifully with the blue waters, and the world-class guides on the tour will explain all the history and geography with passionate detail.


Day 2

Head to Port Arthur

Port Arthur Day Tour: Despite its recent black mark in history, Port Arthur remains one of the most intriguing and historically rich destinations in Australia. As a physical reminder of Australia’s convict past, the buildings and ruins for which Port Arthur is famous are a living relic of colonial heritage.

Hotel transfers from your Hobart accommodation will take you to the site where you’ll come across a range of highlights such as the Commandant’s House, penitentiary, old colonial church and much more.

Port Arthur Historic Site

Packages are also available that will combine a visit to the historic site with a delightful cruise on the waters of adjacent Carnarvon Bay which will provide you with a wholly different vantage point of the site, and also provide the chance to view the area’s famous “Isle of the Dead”.


Day 3

Explore the City and Mt Wellington

Mount Wellington Morning tour: No trip to Hobart is complete without a journey to Mount Wellington, and this relatively compact tour will showcase all its essentials (while including hotel transfers) without taking up too much of your day.

You’ll see such regional highlights on the way as Battery Point, the Cascade Brewery and Gardens, the massive rock formation of the Organ Pipes and more, before arriving at the alpine environment of Mt. Wellington’s summit. From the top, you’ll be witness to an amazing panorama of Hobart and its waterways.

Mt Wellington

Explore the City in the Afternoon: Take the time to explore the town of Hobart at your leisure and see what it has to offer away from the tourist itinerary. There are plenty of chances on offer to indulge your taste buds, as the city and greater region it resides in are renowned for their cheeses, fresh fruits, chocolates and local beers.

Walk around the port and docks area which serves as the finishing line for the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and take in the fresh ocean air and the sights of some of the impressive vessels which line the harbour.

To continue the rest of this itinerary, you will be required to make the 2.5-hour drive to Launceston.


Day 4

Visit Cradle Mountain National Park

Upon arriving in Launceston, you’ll notice that one of the most prominent nearby natural features is magnificent Cradle Mountain, which is not just an impressive peak in itself but also home to a wonderful national park with some spectacular scenery on offer.

Cradle Mountain

You’ll soon come across cascading waterfalls surrounded by greenery, lush rainforest, glacial lakes and plenty of wildlife such as platypus and echidna that the region is famous for. Tours that take you to Cradle Mountain National Park typically include all national park fees, however, lunch is either an optional extra or at your own expense.


Day 5

Launceston/Hollybank Treetop Adventures and Launceston City Walk

Zip Line Adventure at Hollybank Treetops Adventures: The towering forests of Hollybank can be reached in around 20 minutes’ drive from Launceston, and these increasingly popular zip line adventures allow you to glide through the treetops to not only experience some outstanding views but get a dose of flying-fox fun as well.

The tour is informative as well, as the enthusiastic guides provide commentary on the history and ecology of the area while taking every step to preserve the conditions of the forest. You’ll stop at multiple viewing platforms along the way, each of which will provide you with a different vantage point to see the sights of the forest from various heights and angles.

Hollybank Treetops

Explore Launceston on foot before flying home: Launceston is a peaceful, relaxed city with a laid back atmosphere reflecting its charming location and old architecture. Take the time to stroll around the great Dove Lake, which is always a hit with visitors to the city, or to the Ashgrove Cheese farm for some rich dairy delights.

Admire the view across to nearby Tamar Island, or travel a little further for a quick visit to the popular wildlife attraction Seahorse World.


If you are looking for further ideas on activities, attractions and other things to do in Tasmania, check out our Hobart and Launceston destinations!


  1. Hi. I’ll be heading to Tasmania with family around 9th to 14th July. Can you recommend any tours there? Planning around 4-6 days, including Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Hobart, Launceston etc. 
    Can you please include details of itinerary and prices? 
    Thank you. 

    1. Hi Calista,

      Wow, this will be a wonderful trip! You have all of the basics covered and to see these great Tasmanian attractions I would recommend checking out our full Tasmania catalogue at http://www.experienceoz.com.au/t/tasmania. However, I’ve listed some of my recommendations with prices etc.

      Cradle Mountain: Depending on how adventurous you want to be, you could do a canyoning tour or just a normal day tour. The canyoning tour takes you on an off-track adventure, be warned you’ll get very wet on this tour and in July it will still be quite cold. If you’re just chasing a normal day tour, I recommend this one (https://www.experienceoz.com.au/cradle-coast/tours/cradle-mountain-tour/cradle-tour) it has hotel pickups from Devonport and Burnie and gives you entry into the NP. It’s from 8:30am until 5pm with stops at Sheffield, Dove Lake and various other sites and it’s $150 pp.

      Port Arthur: There are a handful of tours to and around Port Arthur so again depending on what you want to do you could do a ghost/paranormal tour or just an enjoyable day tour. These all range in price from $25 to $125. Visit this page for specific info on all of the different tours. https://www.experienceoz.com.au/port-arthur

      Launceston: The #1 tour that I would do is the Food and Wine Experience (https://www.experienceoz.com.au/launceston/tours/food-and-wine-experience/food-and-w). With pick ups from Launceston, Devonport, Ulverstone and Burnie you’ll enjoy a big day with great food and wine (including chocolate and cheese!).

      All of the tours in our catalogue are great ways to explore the region and depending on what you want to see and do and how you want to do it, you’ll be sure to find something with us.

      Our website is:

      I hope you have a great time! We’d love to see photos of your tours if you do decide to book one of our tours.

    1. Hi Christine,

      If you click the VIEW EXPERIENCES button it will take you through to the information page for that specific tours. Also, if you want to see all of the tours and activities you can do in Tasmania visit http://www.experienceoz.com.au/tasmania

      All of the information is listed down the bottom of the product page, or you can call our reservations desk to chat with one of our consultants on 1300 935 532.

      I hope you find something that interests you!

  2. This looks good for me in future for am hoping to go for five days covering similar places, flying into Hobart and out of Launceston.

  3. HI, we are flying into Launceston on Jan 22, and plan to fly out of Hobart in about 4 or 5 days later.
    Can we just reverse the itinerary you have above?
    Would it be easy to get accomodation as we are driving through cities?
    Would you recommend driving , or other modes of transportation is available.

    1. Hi Madhu,

      Tasmania is a lovely part of Australia and we’re sure you’ll have an extraordinary time there. It is possible to do this itinerary in reverse if you are flying into Launceston first. The destinations within the itinerary can be done via our recommended day tours from Hobart or Launceston but the best way to travel between the cities is to rent a car or book a coach.

      For more travel inspiration, you can find all the top things to do in Hobart and Launceston right here on our experiences page.



  4. Thanks for this awesome post. I’m wondering if you could answer a few questions:

    1. Would you recommend booking a hotel in Hobart for Day 1 and 2 (and commuting) … or booking a hotel in Hobart on Day 1, and a separate hotel in Port Arthur on Day 2?

    2. Would you recommend heading to Launceston on day 3 or early morning of day 4?


    1. Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your comments.

      1. Port Arthur is roughly a 90-minute drive from Hobart so it is definitely possible as a day trip. I would consider making Hobart the base for a few nights before departing for the Cradle Mountains and/or Launceston.
      2. We recommend making the drive on Day 3 so you can wake up fresh and have a full day in the Cradle Mountains.

      Have a great time in Tasmania. It’s a lovely part of Australia at any time of the year.

      Thank You.

  5. Hello,

    We are a family of 2 kids (11 and 3). Going to Devonport from Melbourne in Spirt of Tasmania.

    We have 3 days to spend in Tasmania after we reach Devonport.

    Can you please recommend a trip?

    1. Hello,

      A visit to Cradle Mountain is a must and the walks aren’t too long for the children.

      Penny Royal Adventure Park in Launceston is also a great family activity combining outdoor activities with a fun history lesson about Tasmania’s colonial past.

      For more information about things to do in Tasmania head to our experiences page below:

      Have a great time in Tasmania!

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