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How to maximise 3 days in Tasmania

The Tassie sights and highlights you can see and experience in just three days.

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The isolated state of Tasmania might be tiny but it packs a mighty punch in the adventure, activity and scenery stakes. Rife with rugged countryside and compact cities, it’s also the kind of place you can cover in a number of days without feeling as though you’ve shortchanged yourself.

Found yourself a long weekend that’s just begging to be filled with a quick, domestic getaway? We know a place.


3-day Tasmania itineraries

Whether you’re eyeing a city break, winery wind-down, outdoor adventure or historical experience, Tasmania has the activities to suit your holiday-making desires.

Over three days, you have plenty of opportunities to see and explore the island. Sample itineraries include:

1. Hobart and its surrounds

Days one and two: Base yourself in Hobart and spend two days touring the city including Salamanca Market, Mount Wellington, Richmond Bridge and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

Day three: Check out a nearby attraction such as Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Tasman Arch or Devil’s Kitchen.

2. Launceston and its surrounds

Day one: Base yourself in Launceston and spend the first day touring the city.

Day two: Day trip to a nearby location such as Tamar Valley, Cradle Mountain, Marakoopa, Bay of Fires or Wineglass Bay.

Day three: Day trip to another nearby location or stay in Launceston and chill.

3. Drive the east coast from Hobart to Launceston (or vice versa)

Day one: Spend the first day in Hobart seeing the city before driving to Port Arthur where you’ll spend the evening (approximately 1.5 hours’ driving time).

Day two: Drive up to Freycinet National Park to explore Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches (approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes’ driving time). Spend the evening in Freycinet.

Day three: Relax and unwind in the Tamar Valley or spend the day in Launceston (approximately 2 hours’ driving time).

Naturally, if you wish to make this one uber-relaxing holiday, you can always stay put in either Hobart, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, Tamar Valley or Bruny Island to immerse yourself in your stunning surroundings. The choice is yours.


What to do in Tasmania

The best ways you can spend your days in the island state.

Hobart Tour + Helicopter Flight Tour
Hobart Tour + Helicopter Flight Tour

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1 day Tasmanian Wilderness & Wildlife small group tour
1 day Tasmanian Wilderness & Wildlife small group tour

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Top 3-day Tasmania tours

Feeling lazy? These companies have sorted out three-day tour itineraries so you don’t have to.

3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour

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3-Day Tasmania West Coast Tour from Hobart: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston
3-Day Tasmania West Coast Tour from Hobart: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston

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3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour

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Self-drive Tasmania

Prefer to play it your way? Tasmania is ideal for a short road trip as drives between major cities take only a few hours (e.g. Hobart to Launceston takes 2.5 hours).

While you can drive your own car to the island via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry this option will likely set you back around $300–$400 return for two passengers, so you may prefer to see if low-cost flights with Tiger or Jetstarand car hire will get you there faster and cheaper.

Possible itineraries to drive Tasmania can be found above.

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