If you are looking for 10 days in Tasmania itinerary, I got you! This article covers not only the best things to see in Tasmania but how to get there, how to get around, where to stay, when is the best time to visit Tasmania, what to eat, drink, and heaps more information. It is more than an itinerary, it is a guide that covers exactly what I did in my 10 days in Tasmania. So, pretty much everything you need to know before you go.

Tasmania is one of the 6 states in Australia, with Hobart being the capital city. As locals like to call it “Tassi”, it is the only island state in Australia. IMHO it is underrated and should be visited more often because of its stunning landscapes, rugged wilderness, fascinating art scene, great hiking, clean air with lush greenery, and equally fabulous food and wine.

10 days in Tasmania itinerary

10 days in Tasmania itinerary
10 days in Tasmania itinerary

Day 1 – Mt Wellington/Hobart

I landed in Hobart and spent the day exploring what this city had to offer. First of all, I wanted to hike Kunanyi/Mt Wellington. This is the highest point in Hobart to enjoy the view. It has a weatherproof observation deck, a boardwalk, plenty of car park spaces, lots of hiking tracks for hikers of different levels of experience, and most importantly, a perfect spot to admire the Vistas without going too far.

If you would like to hike- Type Fern Tree on google maps and take the metro bus. Takes about 35 minutes from the city. Once you are at the Fern tree, you can hike the Pinnacle track to the summit for incredible views of Hobart and beyond. If you still have energy left, you can hike back to Fern tree or loopback via Zig zag and Organ pipe track or take the explorer bus from the summit to the city.

In the city, recommend strolling through Salamanca market and walking up to Kelly’s steps. Once you are in Kelly street you can explore the historical Battery Point which includes some of Australia’s oldest houses and some cool cafes/bars ie Machine laundry, Preachers, Hobart Brewing Co, The Whaler, walk a bit further to North Hobart Pub or Republic Bar & Cafe (live music 7 nights).

If you want some beach scene, check out the most sought-after Beaches In Hobart.

Where to stay in Tasmania?

Solo travelers like myself will tell you that booking accommodation early works wonders. You can be certain
where you will be sleeping and start planning your trip straight away. So, if you are looking for the best place to stay on the east coast tassie, central tassie, or west, suggest looking up YHA as they have a chain of hostels across the island in fact across Australia also.

I stayed in a private room with an ensuite at Hobart YHA. My room was clean, came with a mini-fridge, wardrobe, and TV which I didn’t even have the time to touch. There are so many things to see and do in Hobart, I was always out exploring but having the accommodation right in the city center meant super convenient which is great.

As a solo female traveler staying in YHA was fun too because I got to meet other solo fellow travellers. One of the things I missed about international travel is meeting new people and understanding life through their stories. While I highly recommend staying in a private room for that nice and quiet night sleep, make sure to drop by lounge room to meet other travellers. You may hear about the best hidden gem, fun stories, or jokes. I met Emma who was heading for overland trek, Mira who was flying to Adelaide to work at place called Robe!, Hefsa who was heading to Sydney for her career, Henry who worked at the Marine station, Kit and Jordan who travlled on their campervan and a Finnish guy who ran through the camboidan forest to save his life!lol It is a great feeling to meet like minded people who “get” you and your travel stories. Also, keep an eye on their board for daily acitivites such as family movie night with free pop corn!

Day 2 – Mt Field National Park and Lake St Clair

The best way to get around Tasmania is by car/Rv/van/bike or bus. There are no rail services on the island and bus/coach public transport services are limited. That being said, if you don’t want to worry about the logistics and hassle of driving around and prefer to rather just sit and enjoy the scenery while meeting fellow travelers, booking a tour could be the best option for you.

I spent the next 5 days with the Under Down Under tour. We did the lap of Tasmania and it was so refreshing to see such a stunning island one flight away from Melbourne! The coach transport, pick up/drop off national park fees, and accommodation (a private room and a dorm option are available) are covered with the price of the tour.

The highlight of the first day was Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park and Lake St. Clair. Can’t get close to the waterfall but it’s a nice walk through the giant fern trees. A perfect spot to have some forest baths!

Lake st Clair or Leeawulenna is Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake where we stopped for our lunch. BYO or there is a restaurant too. Ending the day at Strahan via Queenstown.

Along the way, Matt our guide and driver showed us some great spots which was a bonus! I remember we stopped at this awesome berry farm (you can buy a small box for $10), and also at Donaghys Hill to see Frenchman’s Cap! A short walk from the car park and totally worth it.

Day 3 – Montezuma falls, and Henty Dunes

We stayed our first 2 nights at Strahan which is a small town with only 700 people, has 2 coffee shops where we bought our morning coffees and a couple of restaurants. Through out the tour, Matt dropped us at supermarkets in case we wanted to shop to cook our meals back at our accommodation. At every stop, there were restaurants too if you don’t want to cook.

So the highlight for the second day of this famous 5-day tour was Montezuma Falls and Henty Dunes. An alternate option is to go on a 6 hours cruise with a world heritage cruise through Sarah island. I chose the Falls option because I wasn’t heavily impressed with the Russell Falls and wanted to see some natural falls. Happy to report Montezuma falls has no bars meaning you can get up close, it is a few hour’s walks from the parking lot but I love walks and it was so refreshing to be under the falls after all the walking. Totally worth it.

Matt had a booklet about forest flowers so we had a bit of fun learning about it along the way. After that, our next stop was Henty Dunes which is only 30m climb but pretty fun with a good workout!

We ended the day watching the beautiful sunset at Ocean Beach near Strahan.

PS: During summer a local theatre offers a historical play which is fun to watch. And if you chose the dorm option in your booking there is no WIFI in Strahan backpackers but if you get to talk to Bumpy properly, his wild spiritual stories may fill the void of no internet!

Strahan is also a place you can get Huon Pine necklace, cheese board, etc! It is a type of wood that never expires or rots! Great souveinor for yourself or friends and fam.

Day 4 – Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain National Park is the best spot to explore the natural wilderness on a Tasmania road trip. This national park is home to the world-famous overland track, ancient rainforests, alpine heaths, and a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna, wombats, and several bird species.

It is the most visited national park in Tasmania and for a good reason. So this 10 days in Tasmania itinerary wouldn’t be complete with seeing it with your own eyes. Glad to report we got lucky with the weather too. It was sunny throughout the day and the hike to Marion’s lookout was a good workout with great views at the end. With that said, the weather can change quickly and be severe. so, make sure to wear proper clothing, and hiking shoes. Dove lake circuit walk is an alternate option provided by the tour.

We then stopped at the town of Sheffield to check out the mural park and ending the day at the riverside city of Launceston.

Day 5 – Bay of Fires

Before we left Launceston, we went to see local’s favorite hangout/workout spot Cataract Gorge. If you are looking for something to do/see near the city of Launceston, then head to this national reserve. Launceston’s own piece of wilderness is just 15 minutes walk from the city center. You can ride the chairlift, walk along the well-marked paths, jog, swim, picnic, and even enjoying coffee. Many peacocks and wallabies were in the gardens also.

But the main highlight of today’s road trip itinerary was the Bay of Fires. Well known for its white-sand beaches, orange rocks, and turquoise waters. If you are wondering why the rocks are orange, it is because of lichens, a combination of algae and fungus that live together in a symbiotic relationship. Anyway, Bay of Fires is a great spot to put your toes in the water and such an instagrammable spot also.

Highly recommend the ice creamery at the Bay of Fires next to IGA.

After that wonderful afternoon, we went to see some iconic Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos and other wildlife at the East Coast Nature World. Ending the day at the coastal town of Bicheno on our last night via Coles Bay and Blow hole. There was an option to go on a Little Penguins tour in the evening.

Day 6 – Freycinet National Park

Another highlight on this 10 day in Tasmania itinerary was Freycinet National Park. The stunning views of Wineglass Bay and the white sand beach are worth the 6km return hike. It is a 3km return walk to wineglass bay lookout and takes about 1.5-hours from the car park. Hike down to wineglass Bay Beach is an additional 3km.

An alternate option is to hike Mt Amos which is only recommended on dry days as the rain makes the granite mountain slippery and very dangerous when wet. It is a 4KM return hike, and a 410 m climb. Even on a clear blue sky day, there is nothing to hold on to. When I hiked, I was literally on all fours at some points scrambling. Make sure you have good hiking shoes, enough water, and snacks.

After that awesome morning, we went to Cape Tourville for a short 20 mins stroll and great views once again.

It was an incredible 5 days exploring the wild west coast and east coast of Tassie and it went by so fast! Thanks to Under Down Under tour for operating this fantastic tour.

Day 7 – Sunrise/Richmond or Port Authur

If you would like to witness a gorgeous sunrise in Hobart, you don’t have to go too far from YHA. Only 3 mins walk from the door and you are at the constitution dock which is a great spot to watch sunrise. When I went, there was no one around just quiet Hobart city waking up to the beautiful rays of the sun above the hills and waterfront.

The tallest building in Hobart is Wrest Point casino which has 19 floors so maybe sunrise is also good from there but I am not sure. Since I was staying at YHA, I was only 3 mins away from the dock so I just went two mornings in a row. Waking up early was totally worth it followed by breakfast at Salamanca market or at one of the cool cafes in Battery Point mentioned at the start of this article.

The next place to visit today could be Richmond or Port Authur’s Dark History

If you are interested in a bit of history, visit the Port Arthur historic site which is a world heritage site of Tasmania. From the time it was established, the settlement at Port Arthur was associated with trauma. More than 1000 people died here, you can learn more about it and the isolated prison, housing the worst convicts, and how it was intended to instill fear to deter others.

I chose to go to Richmond instead and see Australia’s Oldest bridge which was built in 1804! If you are organized you could even pack a picnic and enjoy it at the grassy area or the ceremony area by the bridge. It is such a picturesque spot with ducks swimming freely, flowers blooming and greenery all around.

To get here on public transport, catch the bus to Richmond from Davey Street, Hobart CBD, which takes about 50 mins. Although it’s a quick walk from YHA to the Davey street bus stop, make sure your return timing is spot on because the day I went there the last bus to Hobart was at 5 pm-ish. I was lucky I also got to see a little further than Richmond because the driver let me go for a ride all the way to Campania before going back to the city! It was an interesting area with rural vibes, pretty pastel houses, and probably heaps of farms (saw many sheep, and horses).

Day 8 – Bruny Island

Now the next must-see in Tasmania is the Bruny Island which is a great option for a day trip from Hobart. It provides many interesting food experiences from oysters, seafood to chocolates, cheese, honey, to beer tastings, whiskey, and cider. The natural landscape is dramatic in places with steep cliffs but also quintessential Australian bush in others.

After doing some research, I went on this tour because they were providing all that I wanted to see and do in Burny island in 1 day. Pickup/drop off, our guide Nigel, small group, and lunch were included. I also didn’t have to worry about ferry costs which is $38 return as it was already included in the tour. Recommend the salmon and bacon and egg frittatas at the cafe near the entrance of the ferry terminal.

We stopped at a Honey tasting place (i never had honey icecream, it was so good!), shucked Oyster place, and Nigel arranged this cute little picnic by the ocean for us. It was a small group and everyone was friendly and excited for Bruny island.

We then went to tick off the stunning “The neck” lookout from our list followed by the lighthouse tour. There was a lighthouse guide who took us all the way to the top of the lighthouse, told us how it worked, and heaps more info.

Our morning went by so quickly and it was time for lunch at the good old Hotel Bruny. I had seafood chowder for the first time! lol, It was amazing! The seafood platter for two looked good as well. We also stopped at another spot which was mainly for beer/wine tasting but some of us went for coffee instead as it was super windy.

On the way back, we bought cherries and Nigel also showed us the Lavender farm which was a bonus!

The Bruny island has some very nice beaches to discover and you can watch penguins return to their nests at dusk and even take a scenic flight. (not included in this tour though)

The Lavender blooming season in Tasmania runs from December through January. The largest fields in Tasmania that let people wander among the rows of flowers are Porth Arthur Lavender Farm and Bridestowe Lavender Estate.

Day 9 – Mt Nelson Signal Station

Mt Nelson Signal Lookout, Hobart

Highly recommend visiting the Farm Gate Markets on Sundays as you get to see how and where locals shop the greens and other nicks’ nacks. I had the coffee and really enjoyed the Senor Faj stall (Spanish stall with empanadas and their brunch was great too)

After that, you could go check out the controversial Art at the MONA. Most people rave about it and sunrise just outside mona is spectacular as well. If you are hungry food at MONA is a work of ART too!

If you are not into controversial ART and rather go up one last Tassie mountains before you leave. You could take Uber or metro bus to the Mount Nealson signal station lookout. It takes approx 30 minutes from Hobart city and the gorgeous views of the Derwent River, Hobart city & Bruny Island are great on a clear day. There is also a cafe on site.

The last stop for the day could be the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest brewery in Tassie and what a place to stop for tours, tastings & events, plus drinks in the garden to end your Tasmania travels.

Day 10 – TMAG/ Royal Botanical Garden

If your flight isn’t early, check out the Tasmania museum or the Royal Botanical Gardens. Both places are in and around the city center so it’s not that far.

Southern Lights

I couldn’t end this article without adding one of the most incredible things you can see in Tasmania. Southern lights aka Aurora Australia! Unlike Aurora Borealis, which only happens on extreme seasonal light changes, the Southern Lights can be viewed all year round – although most commonly during the Southern Hemisphere’s fall and winter months, which stretch from March through September. You have to be at the right place at the right time though as none can accurately predict when the lights are going to show up in the sky.

That being said, you are in luck because I have researched this, and here are the best places to see Aurora lights in Tasmania. Bellerive and Howrah Beaches, Boat harbor beach, king island, rektango, aurora crossing, White Beach- the Tasman Peninsula, Remarkable Cave (Maingon Bay), Primrose Sands, Ross in the Midlands for easy access to a southerly aspect as well as low rainfall. No light pollution there from the S lookout, Clifton Beach, or South Arm area accommodation will give you a short drive to some good local viewing spots on the eastern shore of Hobart. Mortimer Bay, good auroras from pipe clay lagoon at Cremorne, Goats Bluff, or Hope Beach (near South Arm) which are not too far away.

Besides this, Huon Valley, Maria Island, Binalong bay, Tamar valley, Friendly beaches, and south sea cocktail lounge are some of the places you may want to check out as well.

Below are some FAQs and travel tips to Tassie.

10 days in Tasmania itinerary

Do I need a visa for Tasmania?

Tasmania is a separate island but it is part of Australia so as an Australian passport holder, you don’t require a visa and if you are a foreign national, as long as you have a visa for Australia you should be fine. Please check the Embassy website for your country’s requirements.

When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

Tasmania has 4 seasons: December to March = Summer best time to go
March-May =Autumn
June- August= Winter
September-November= Spring

The one season might be better than the other but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit in those less favorable times in the year. Anytime beside summer, the off-peak season may be the best time to visit Tasmania because, during these months, you’ll find the lowest airfares and hotel rates, with rooms often priced up to 50 percent lower than they are in the high season (especially during summer)

Is Tasmania safe for a solo female traveler?

Unless there is a drastic change in the country’s political situation, pandemic, or some natural disaster it is safe to travel to Tasmania. Just remember to apply a general rule of thumb i.e. Don’t walk down that dark alleyway on your own, respect the culture, don’t argue about religion, dress modestly, trust your instincts, don’t be afraid but be cautious.

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People, language, and WIFI

Mostly recognized as Aussies, there are also Tasmanian Aboriginal people, self-name Palawa. Aboriginal people of all ages speak palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, followed by Australian English.

In terms of WIFI, there are over 170 free Wi-Fi hotspots around Tasmania to help you share your holiday experiences with friends and family. It is 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi for each device, at each network location, each day.

How to get to Tasmania?

You can get to Tasmania by either sea or air only. There are regular flights that fly direct from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to Hobart and Launceston. And also from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King, and Flinders Island. Recommend to check Skyscanner for cheap flights.

By sea, you can get on board on Spirit of Tasmania ship, and it takes approximately 9-11 hours.

How to get around Tasmania?

The best way to get around Tasmania is by car/Rv/van/bike or bus. There are no rail services on the island and bus/coach public transport services are limited. That being said, if you don’t want to worry about the logistics and hassle of driving around and prefer to rather just sit and enjoy the scenery while meeting fellow travelers, booking a tour could be the best option for you.

What to eat in Tasmania?

Highly recommend trying Flinders Island lamb, Tasman Atlantic Salmon, Trout, Pasture-fed Wallaby, Beef, Meat pies, Fudge, Leatherwood honey, Freshly shucked oysters, Scallop pies, Wasabi cheese, lamington, and apples are grown commercially across Tasmania so worth trying them out too. Besides that, there are tacos van and other street food trucks that are fun to try too.

What to drink in Tasmania?

Whisky, Beer, Cider, Vodka, and Gin. You can find it at farmer’s markets, in local eateries, from cheap and cheerful pubs to high-end restaurants and bars.

Best place to watch sunrise and sunset in Hobart and Tasmania?

If you are in Hobart, kunanyi/Mount Wellington offers the best sunrise view and the constitution dock as mentioned above. Tessellated Pavement, Blackmans Bay and neighbor Kingston Beach, as well as Hartz Mountains National Park are great spots for sunsets.

Other best places for sunrise and sunsets in Tasmania are Mortimer Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Richmond Bridge, Huon Valley, Mt Field National Park, The Neck, Cape Bruny Lighthouse, The Huon River, and Lune River or Cockle Creek.

Must-Have Travel Apps for Tasmania

  1. Google Maps or maps.me
    Self-explanatory but you will need this.
  2. Nature Apps
    The 60 Great Walks is helpful (free on iTunes), but the same information is available in a booklet from tourist information centers, and having the actual booklet could be more useful.

Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna app is available for free from Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – it has photos and information about fauna and wildlife.

  1. Wi-Fi finder
    If you can’t upload your Insta perfect photo then did you even went on a vacation to prove it?! Jokes aside, it is super important to let your fam and friends know your whereabouts also.

Open the browser and go to https://freewifi.tas.gov .au/ then follow the prompts for 30mins free WIFI. Or Just buy a sim card with data in the phone stores. It may not work in all places though.

  1. AppNgo
    This app is useful as it is updated by each Visitor Centre to provide the latest, most reliable, and accurate travel information. It includes details on all Visitor Centres, accommodation, restaurants, and attractions.

Download for iOS: free from Apple iTunes

Let me know in the comments:

10 days in Tasmania itinerary for the first-timers

11 thoughts on “10 days in Tasmania itinerary for the first-timers

  • January 23, 2021 at 5:22 am
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    Holy moly! Tasmania is such a gorgeous place. I have never thought of going there before. I had honestly never even seen much on it until I read this.

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  • January 23, 2021 at 5:28 am
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    I have been trying to get a trip to Tasmania together for years! We keep planning to go, but something always comes up. =/ now hoping in Easter!

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  • January 23, 2021 at 8:50 am
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    I love these pictures of your 10 days in Tasmania itinerary! Especially the Montezuma Falls. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  • January 23, 2021 at 1:14 pm
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    I would love to visit Tasmania one day. It looks like there is a lot to do there!Love your pictures

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  • January 24, 2021 at 7:35 am
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    Heading there next month! Thanks for the info with yha and tours. Noted the apps too. fingers crossed my trip goes ahead!

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  • January 24, 2021 at 7:35 am
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    I’d love to go to Tasmania one day, once things get back to normal! Staying in one spot has dampened the excitement in my life, for sure! Haha

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  • January 25, 2021 at 12:30 am
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    I would love 10 days anywhere outside of my house right about now! Tasmania looks amazing and I hope to visit once I am in green zone as it is definitely on my travel wish list.

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  • January 25, 2021 at 12:38 am
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    Tasmania is so beautiful! I am definitely adding this to my list of places to travel. Thanks for such a great guide.

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  • January 25, 2021 at 1:58 am
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    Is Tasmania where that Tasmanian Devil comes from? Then I don’t know … lol

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  • January 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm
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    Awesome post, Im so sad i have had to cancel my trip 🙁 but hoping for next month now!

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  • January 25, 2021 at 8:19 pm
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    I haven’t been in Tasmania yet and heading there soon. Heard a lot of good things about it and really want to see Hobart and wineglass bay. thanks for your post!

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