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10D Tasmania Itinerary — A Road Trip for Adventure Seekers

tasmania road trip itinerary

Trust us, Tasmania is the next go-to road trip destination — and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out.

Swansea Sunrise at Piermont Retreat - Tasmania Road Trip

Sunrise at Piermont Retreat, Swansea.

As someone who loves nature and wildlife, I knew I’d enjoy road tripping around Tasmania . What I didn’t expect was how easy it would be to fall in love with this under-the-radar island state.

The word I’d use to describe Tasmania is colourful .

Blue Tier Giant Walk Hiking - Tasmania Itinerary

Blue Tier Giant Walk, Derby.

There’s the gorgeous sunrises each morning; a vibrant mix of orange and pink hues. Then there’s the whimsical, calming greens of the forests — home to trees that are hundreds of years old. And of course, the deep azure blues that colour the oceans and skies.

Maria Island Wild Wombat - Tasmania Itinerary

Wild wombat, Maria Island.

The wildlife that inhabits these lands is also pretty incredible. Tasmania is home to several species found nowhere else in the world — like the Tasmanian devil and the Tasmanian pademelon!

Intrigued? We’ve put together this 10-day Tasmania itinerary for the ultimate Tassie road trip!

Tasmania Itinerary Road Trip Overview

Drone Shot of Tesla - Tasmania Road Trip

Our Tasmania itinerary focuses on the eastern side of the island — starting from Hobart in the south and ending at Launceston in the north.

Click to jump to each section.

Day 1: Hobart Day 2: Tasman National Park Day 3: Maria Island Day 4: Freycinet National Park Day 5: Bay of Fires Day 6-7: Derby Day 8: Derby to Launceston Day 9: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park Day 10: Launceston and Flight Home

More information: Flights to Tasmania | Planning Tips and Pre-trip Essentials

We flew via Qantas into Hobart Airport in Tasmania after transiting in Melbourne — more flight information at the end!

Day 1: Hobart 

Hobart Elizabeth Street Pier - Tasmania Itinerary

Hobart is Tasmania’s endearing seaside capital and the first stop on our Tasmania itinerary! It’s Australia’s second-oldest city, home to almost half of Tasmania’s population.

This city is known for a rich culinary scene (especially seafood), the beautiful Mount Wellington and just all-round good vibes.

Lunch at Billy’s Burgers

Hobart Billy's Burgers - Things to do in Hobart

Billy’s Burgers had humble beginnings as a food van, and is now a popular establishment among locals. It’s situated in a prime spot along Elizabeth Street Pier — perfect for people-watching.

I had a Sticky Pulled Pork Burger (AU$17) which came packed with slow cooked pulled pork and slaw, hoisin marinade and apple sauce. Plus a Billy’s Brew tap beer to wash it all down!

Cost:  From AU$11.50/burger (~S$10.60) Opening hours:  11AM – 9PM (Mon – Sat), 11:30AM – 9PM (Sun) Address: Elizabeth St Pier, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Hobart to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary: 30min drive (29km)

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Kangaroo Feeding - Best Things to do in Hobart

Tasmania is home to unique wildlife like Tasmanian devils, wombats and sugar gliders! We got to meet some of these animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary  — Tasmania’s largest 24/7 rescue service, where the goal is to release the animals back into the wild.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Baby Wombat - Best Things to do in Hobart

This is Madge, a rescued baby wombat. We love Madge.

We joined a daily tour (included in the entry fee), where our guide Miguel shared about Bonorong’s furry residents. It was fascinating to learn about Tasmania’s wildlife — did you know wombats can run up to 40km/hr? That’s almost as fast as Usain Bolt!

Psst. Bonorong offers Animal Encounters (AU$25/pax) where guests can enjoy a more intimate experience with their favourite critters — like what we did with Madge.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Tasmania Devil Feeding - Tasmania Itinerary

We also learnt about Bonorong’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts, while watching the animals being fed!

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Tawny Frogmouth - Best Things to do in Hobart

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is fully funded by entry fees and donations, so visiting plays a part in local animal conservation!

Entrance fee:   AU$32.50  (~S$30) — Experiences like Animal Encounters and Feeding Frenzy are available at additional cost Opening hours:  9AM – 5PM (Night tours are available after 5PM) Address: 593 Briggs Rd, Brighton Tasmania 7030

kunanyi/Mount Wellington

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to kunanyi/Mount Wellington: 51min drive (44km)

kunanyi-Mount Wellington - Best Things to do in Hobart

Photo credit: Tourism Australia

Overlooking Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is the 1,271m-tall kunanyi/Mount Wellington . This iconic peak is easily accessed from the city centre via a short 30-minute drive.

There are plenty of  trails available such as the Organ Pipes Track, an easy 2.5km walk that showcases the dolerite cliffs. If time permits, visit during golden hour and watch the sunset from the top!

Entrance fee:  Free Opening hours:  24 hours Address: kunanyi/Mount Wellington, Wellington Park, Tasmania 7054

Dinner at Mures

Mount Wellington to Hobart: 30min drive (17km)

Hobart Mures Upper Deck Restaurant - Where to eat in Hobart

Mures is a third-generation family business that’s all about seafood. It started as a fish house in 1973 and grew to become a household name in Hobart. Mures is now the go-to place to buy and eat fresh seafood — at any of its three seafood restaurants along the city’s waterfront!

On the ground floor sits Mures Lower Deck . It’s for casual bistro dining; diners can get anything from seafood platters to 32 flavours of ice cream! Locals also purchase seafood from fishmongers here.

Hobart Mures Upper Deck Oysters - Tasmania Itinerary

Then there’s Mures Upper Deck , a renowned seafood restaurant overlooking Victoria Dock.

Everything we ate was fantastic, but my favourite was the oysters. We had a dozen Tasmanian Pacific Oysters (AU$52) with different seasonings — including a soy and chilli mix, and a citric herb with white balsamic gel.

Mures Upper Deck Fish Lunch - Tasmania Itinerary

Their signature Mures Blue Eye Trevalla (AU$39) is also worth trying — the meat is nice and firm, and paired well with creamy lemon tarragon sauce.

Cost: From AU$19/main (~S$17.60) Opening hours: 8AM – 9PM (Mures Lower Deck), 11AM – late (Mures Upper Deck) Address: Victoria Dock, Hobart Tasmania 7000

Where to Stay in Hobart (2 nights)

Hobart Henry Jones Art Hotel - Where to Stay in Hobart

Henry Jones Art Hotel — conveniently located right across Victoria Dock and Mures .

Budget: Alabama Hotel Hobart (from ~S$91.50/night ) Mid-range: ibis Styles Hobart (from ~S$165/night ) Luxury: Henry Jones Art Hotel (from ~S$266.81/night )

Day 2: Tasman National Park

Tasman island cruise.

Hobart to Tasman National Park: 1hr 30min drive (94km)

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruises - Tasmania Itinerary

Tasman National Park covers the coast in southeastern Tasmania. The best way to see this national park is therefore by boat!

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is a family-run cruise operator that offers excellent wilderness cruises around Tasmania. We experienced a three-hour Tasman Island cruise , which explores the coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck.

Tasman National Park Seals - Tasmania Itinerary

During the cruise, we got up close to several of Tasman National Park’s wildlife. There were seals basking on the rocks, sea birds diving for fish, and dolphins playfully leaping out of the ocean.

Tasman Island Cruises Wild Dolphins - Tasmania Itinerary

It wasn’t the right season for whale spotting, but the area is frequented by migrating whales!

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise Sea Birds - Things to do in Tasmania

The tour also took us to the entrances of deep-sea caves and beautiful rock formations — including Australia’s tallest cliffs (300m-high!). Our guide pointed out landmarks along the way, such as the Tasman Island Lighthouse and Cape Pillar.

Tasman Island Lighthouse - Tasmania Itinerary

Tasman Island Cruise Cost: AU$155  (~S$143) for a 3hr cruise  Tour timings:  10AM, 2PM Address: Tasman Island Cruises Booking Centre (6961 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania 7182)

Lunch at Port Arthur Lavender Farm

Tasman Island Cruise to Port Arthur Lavender Farm: 5min drive (4km)

Port Arthur Lavender Farm Bee Sitting on Lavender Flower - Best Things to do in Port Arthur

Drop by Port Arthur Lavender Farm for lunch and lots of lavender! They own 18 acres of land — growing and harvesting, and creating all sorts of lavender products from jewellery to tea to bath salts.

Port Arthur Lavender Farm Fish and Chips - Tasmania Itinerary

We dined at their onsite restaurant which offers panoramic views of Long Bay. We got the beer battered fish and chips (AU$32), Tasmanian scallops and chorizo skewers (AU$32) and lavender lattes (AU$5).

There’s also a gift shop beside the restaurant, where you can purchase lavender products.

Cost: From AU$24/main (~S$22.20) Opening hours: 10AM – 4PM Address: 6555 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182

Tessellated Pavement

Port Arthur Lavender Farm to Tessellated Pavement: 15min drive (16km)

Tasman National Park Tessellated Pavement Eaglehawk Neck - Tasmania Itinerary

At first glance, the Tessellated Pavement looks too neat and manicured — like it’s been carefully carved out by hand. But this rock formation was crafted by Mother Nature herself!

Earth’s movements caused the rocks to fracture, resulting in joints. Constant erosion by the crashing waves deepened these joints and formed a tessellated pavement. It’s a great spot for photography, especially when it’s covered in water and there are beautiful reflections.

Entrance fee: Free Opening hours: 24 hours Address: 380 Pirates Bay Dr, Eaglehawk Neck Tasmania 7179

Tasmans Arch

Tessellated Pavement to Tasmans Arch: 8min drive (5km)

Tasman National Park Tasmans Arch - Tasmania Itinerary

A short drive from the Tessellated Pavement stands the Tasmans Arch. It’s a bridge-like rock formation, created by constant erosion from the Tasman Sea. The name might ring a bell — it’s named after Abel Tasman, the first known European explorer to reach Tasmania!

Tasman National Park Fossil Bay Lookout - Tasmania Itinerary

Check out the nearby Fossil Bay Lookout and Devil’s Kitchen while you’re there — both a short walk from the Tasmans Arch.

Entrance fee: Free Opening hours: 24 hours Address: 16/20 Tasmans Arch Rd, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania 7179

After spending the day exploring Tasman National Park, drive back to Hobart to stay a second night.

Tasmans Arch to Hobart: 1hr 15min drive (80km)

Day 3: Maria Island 

Hobart to Triabunna Ferry Terminal : 1hr 15min drive (85km)

Maria Island - Tasmania Itinerary

A beautiful island with a  rich history ,  Maria Island  wore many hats in the past. She was a penal settlement in the 1820s, an agricultural station in the 1850s and was eventually declared a national park in 1971.

We visited Maria Island just for a day trip, enough for a taste of this stunning park. To cover the entire island though, will take around four days — it’s almost 12 times the size of Pulau Ubin!

Maria Island Wombats - Tasmania Itinerary

The first thing you’ll notice about Maria Island is her abundant wildlife. It’s home to more than 2,000 wombats, easily spotted on cooler days. We were lucky enough to spot a mother and baby just 10 minutes into our walk!

Maria Island Wild Kangaroos - Tasmania Itinerary

Maria Island is also home to kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils and a wide range of bird life (including all of Tasmania’s endemic species !).

Maria Island Hiking - Tasmania Itinerary

If you’re there for a day trip, there are several short walks like the Painted Cliffs (2hrs, 4.3km) and Bishop and Clerk (5hrs, 11km). For those with more time to spare, there’s the Maria Island 4-Day Walk — which covers most of the island.

Maria Island Hike - Tasmania Itinerary

Besides hiking, you can rent bikes at Darlington or go snorkelling!

*Pro-tip: There aren’t any shops on Maria Island. Pack your own lunch, water (there’s no potable water) and snacks!

Ferry Ride to Maria Island - Tasmania Itinerary

Cost:  AU$52/pax  (~S$48.10) for a round trip ferry ride. As Maria Island is a National Park, all visitors require a valid National Parks Pass (AU$20.60/pax) Ferry timings:  Four times daily — Check the  schedule for exact timings Address: Triabunna Ferry Terminal (Charles St, Triabunna, Tasmania 7190)

Drive to Swansea - Tasmania Road Trip

Triabunna Ferry Terminal to Coles Bay: 1hr 30min drive (109km)

Go Stargazing

Milky Way - Tasmania Itinerary

Drive on to Swansea or Coles Bay, where you’ll spend the night before exploring Freycinet National Park the next day. Coles Bay is the closest town to Freycinet National Park, but it’s small. Consider some of the other accommodation options in Swansea as well!

These areas are more remote and less light pollution means a clearer Milky Way. This was our view at night from Piermont Resort in Swansea. 😍

Where to Stay in Swansea or Coles Bay (2 nights)

Swansea Piermont Retreat Luna House - Tasmania Itinerary

Piermont Retreat . We had an amazing stay here, catching the Milky Way at night and a gorgeous sunrise the next morning. Treat yourself and add this to your Tasmania itinerary!

Budget: Swansea Backpackers (from ~S$82/night ) Mid-range: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet (from ~S$170/night ) Luxury: Piermont Retreat (from ~S$426/night ) — minimum two nights

Day 4: Freycinet National Park

Coles Bay to Freycinet National Park: 9min drive (4km)

Freycinet National Park Wineglass Bay Sunset - Things to do in Tasmania

Photo credit: Matthew Donovan

Your Tasmania itinerary won’t be complete without a trip to Freycinet National Park . Established in 1916, it’s one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks. The main attraction is  Wineglass Bay , a beautiful curved beach framed by The Hazards (a line of granite peaks).

Freycinet National Park Wineglass Bay Drone Shot - Best Things to do in Tasmania

Photo credit: Jason Charles Hill

Wineglass Bay Lookout offers the best vantage point of the bay and it’s just a short 1.3km hike to get there from the car park. Have more time to spare? Try the Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit (11km, 5hrs) or for experienced hikers, the more challenging Mount Amos Trek (3.6km, 3hrs).

There are plenty of other exciting  things to do  in Freycinet National Park, like kayaking, swimming and camping!

Entrance fee:   S$41.20/vehicle  (~S$37.90) for a 24 hour National Parks Pass Opening hours:  24 hours Address: Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, Tasmania 7215

After exploring Freycinet National Park, head back to your accommodation in Swansea or Coles Bay for a second night.

Day 5: Bay of Fires 

Binalong bay.

Coles Bay to Binalong Bay: 1hr 50min (124km)

Bay of Fires Drone Shot - Things to do in Tasmania

To soak up some sun, head to  Binalong Bay . It’s the main beach along the  Bay of Fires , an incredible 50km-long coast lined with white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters.

A unique feature of the area is the lichen-covered (a type of algae) boulders that give the coastline its distinctive orange shade.

Binalong Bay Bay of Fires - Tasmania Itinerary

You won’t have trouble finding things to do here — Binalong Bay offers a wide array of activities like surfing, snorkelling and kayaking! The area is also known for its rich marine life, best seen by joining a  Bay of Fires Eco Tour .

Entrance fee:  Free Opening hours:  24 hours  Address: Binalong Bay, Tasmania 7216

Lunch at Skippers Fish Shop

Binalong Bay to Skippers Fish Shop: 11km (13min drive)

Skippers Fish Shop Fish and Chips - Tasmania Itinerary

For lunch, we stopped by Skippers Fish Shop . It’s a small floating eatery, parked by the pier in St Helens. There’s no indoor seating, just a few tables outdoors.

Their signature is the Blue Eye Fish and Chips (AU$24.50). If you crave a bit more variety, get the Skippers Box (AU$19.50) instead. It includes a mix of fish, prawn, squid, scallop and chips. Everything was fried really well and had a nice crunch — 10/10 would recommend!

Cost: From AU$12.50/main (~S$11.50) Opening hours: 11:30AM – 2:30PM (Wed – Thu, Sun), 11:30AM – 7PM (Fri – Sat), Closed on Mon – Tue Address: 5 Marina Parade St Helens, Tasmania 7216

Skippers Fish Shop to Derby: 1hr 9min drive (66km)

Where to Stay in Derby (3 nights)

Derby Tin Mountain - Tasmania Itinerary

Photo credit: Tin Mountain

Budget: The Dorset Hotel (from ~S$111/night ) Mid-range: Pilgrim Blue Derby (from ~S$183/night ) Luxury: Tin Mountain (from ~S$355/night ) — minimum 2 nights

Day 6-7: Derby 

Derby Main Street - Tasmania Itinerary

The next stop on our Tasmania itinerary is Derby — a small town with massive character.

A former tin-mining hub, Derby has since transformed into a world-class biking hub! That ain’t all, this town has a couple of unique experiences (floating sauna, anyone?) and beautiful hiking trails that’ll surprise you.

Mountain Bike Experience

Derby Mountain Biking - Tasmania Itinerary

If you weren’t into mountain biking before,  Derby  might just convert you. It’s home to some of the world’s best mountain bike trails! 

Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails Drone Shot - Things to do in Tasmania

There are 125km of mountain bike trails, all of which are free to use all year round.  Biking trails  for all levels are available, from easy green routes to more advanced black diamond trails.

Derby Vertigo Mountain Biking Shop - Tasmania Itinerary

It’s easy to rent a bike at one of the  many bike stores  along Main Street and head off on your own. But if you’re new to mountain biking, we’d recommend booking a tour. You’ll be in the safe hands of an instructor who knows the trails like the back of their hand.

*Pro-tip: Many bike rental stores offer free shuttle service to the biking trails! The schedules can be found at the shop entrances.

Cost: From AU$75/day  (~S$69) for mountain bike rental Opening hours:  Varies Address: 66 Main St, Derby, Tasmania 7264

Main Street Derby

Main Street Derby Breakfast - Tasmania Itinerary

Main Street Derby is located along the same street as all the mountain bike stores — so it’s easy to get to. The food is tasty with generous portions; we ended up dining here more than once!

For breakfast, there’s all the brunch classics — Avocado Toast (AU$20), Breakfast Bowls (AU$20) and our collective favourite, the Bacon and Egg Burger (AU$14). It came doused in bacon and jalapeño jam, and was just really yummy.

Main Street Derby Breakfast Burger - Tasmania Itinerary

During lunch and dinner, the menu switches up. We had the Scotch Fillet Steak with rosemary butter (AU$45) and Seared Pork Chops with mustard and honey (AU$36). Both didn’t disappoint 😋

Cost: From AU$13/main (~S$11.90) Opening hours:  7:30AM – 8:30PM Address: 69 Main Street, Derby, Tasmania

Lake Derby Floating Sauna 

Main Street Derby to Lake Derby Floating Sauna: 12min walk (1.2km)

Lake Derby Floating Sauna - Best Things to do in Derby

Lake Derby Floating Sauna is Australia’s only floating wood-fired sauna — and the perfect place to wind down after biking. Its location is also unbelievably picturesque, at the edge of Lake Derby (or the Briseis Hole to locals).

Lake Derby Floating Sauna Interior - Best Things to do in Derby

Unwind in the sauna (kept at a sweltering 90°C), then cool off by jumping in the water. The temperature was a refreshing 22°C when we visited, and a dip in Lake Derby immediately jolted me awake. It was a really nice place to relax and it felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves!

Lake Derby Floating Sauna Briseis Hole - Best Things to do in Derby

The Lake Derby Floating Sauna is booked on an hourly basis, with a maximum of five people per session (AU$45/pax). If you want the entire sauna to yourself, it’s AU$225 for the hour.

Lake Derby Floating Sauna Swimming in the Lake - Tasmania Itinerary

Note: Bring a towel and change of clothes! Changing rooms are available but there are no showers at the sauna.

Cost: AU$45/pax (~S$41.20) for 1hr Opening hours:  8AM – 9PM Address: Derby Tasmania 7264

The Hub Derby

The Hub Derby Pizza Restaurant - Things to do in Derby

The Hub Derby serves up hearty wood-fired pizzas — all handmade!

There were familiar favourites such as Margherita (AU$15) and Pepperoni (AU$19), plus some more interesting options. Like the True Blue (AU$21) — onion marmalade with mozzarella, blue cheese and walnuts — and Fennel Sausage and Pumpkin (AU$18.50).

Cost: From AU$15/pizza (~S$13.70) Opening hours:  12PM – 9PM (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon – Tue Address: 72 Main St, Derby Tasmania 7264

After exploring Derby, spend the next day checking out these nearby spots — all less than an hour’s drive away!

Mount Paris Dam

Derby to Mount Paris Dam: 13min drive (13km)

Derby Mount Paris Dam - Best Things to do in Derby

The 250m-long Mount Paris Dam used to lead to the Mount Paris tin mine. Now, visitors can hike along a short section of the dam — the entire loop takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Entrance fee: Free Opening hours:  24 hours Address: Mount Paris Dam Rd, Branxholm, Tasmania 7261

Blue Tier Giant Walk

Mount Paris Dam to Blue Tier Giant Walk: 31min drive (22km)

Blue Tier Giant Walk - Best Things to do in Derby

The Blue Tier Giant Walk is a short 3.2km return trek that’s extremely scenic. It’s home to Giant Ash trees which soar up to heights of 60m! Large man ferns decorate the forest, adding both character and shade.

Blue Tier Giant Walk Closeup of Skinks - Best Things to do in Derby

We saw a couple of skinks and birds along the way.

It was a peaceful walk; we didn’t see another soul the entire time. I loved that while there was a clear trail to follow, it wasn’t paved — leaving the forest mostly untouched.

Entrance fee: Free Opening hours:  24 hours Address: Weldborough, Tasmania 7264

Little Blue Lake

Blue Tier Giant Walk to Little Blue Lake: 44min drive (38km)

Derby Little Blue Lake Landscape - Tasmania Itinerary

If you’ve got time to spare, consider dropping by the Little Blue Lake . It was once a mining hole which was later filled in. Due to the mineral content in the ground, the lake now appears bright turquoise!

Note: Unfortunately, swimming isn’t allowed due to the water’s high acidity.

Entrance fee: Free Opening hours:  24 hours Address: 1753 Gladstone Rd, South Mount Cameron Tasmania 7264

Little Blue Lake to Derby: 24min drive (27km)

Day 8: Derby to Launceston

Derby to Fork It Farm: 55min drive (65km)

Fork It Farm

Fork it Farm Charcuterie Board - Best Things to do in Tasmania

Interested in experiencing a unique paddock to plate meal? Consider dropping by Fork It Farm ! It’s a local family-run farm that produces small-batch meats and charcuterie.

They offer paddock picnics daily ( AU$35/pax ) that visitors can enjoy on their farm. Additionally, there are Long Table Feasts ( AU$190/pax ) on the first Saturday of each month. This includes the works — a full selection of Fork It Farm’s produce, plus Tasmanian wines and beers.

Fork It Farm Meat Shed - Tasmania Itinerary

You can also pick up some of their products while there.

Cost: From AU$35/pax Opening hours:  11AM – 4PM (Wed – Sun), Closed on Mon – Tue Address: 311 Adams Rd, Lebrina Tasmania 7254

Hollybank Treetops Adventure

Fork It Farm to Treetops Adventure Hollybank : 25min drive (24km)

Treetops Adventure Hollybank Zipline Course - Tasmania Itinerary

Soar through Tasmania’s lush forests at Treetops Adventure Hollybank . We experienced the zipline tour which includes six ziplines of different heights and lengths. The highlight was the 400m zipline — Tasmania’s longest!

Hollybank Treetops Adventure Zipline Tour - Things to do in Tasmania

We had to go in full cannonball position to gain speed, which upped the thrill factor. Our friendly instructors were really engaging and made the whole experience even more fun.

Besides zipline tours, Treetops Adventure Hollybank offers segway and mountain biking tours as well as tree ropes courses!

Cost: AU$139/pax (~S$127) for a 2.5hr Zipline Tour Opening hours:  9AM – 5PM, Closed on Christmas Day How to get there:  66 Hollybank Rd, Underwood Tasmania 7268

Launceston to Cradle Mountain : 2hr drive (140km)

Stop by Launceston for dinner, before driving on to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair before dark to spend the night. Alternatively, spend the night in Launceston and drive to Cradle Mountain the next morning!

Where to Stay at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain - Tasmania Itinerary

Photo credit: Discovery Parks

Budget: Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain (from ~S$66/night ) Mid-range: Cradle Alpine Retreat (from ~S$220/night ) Luxury: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (from ~S$411/night )

Day 9: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Person Standing at Hanson's Peak in Cradle Mountain Tasmania - Places to Visit in Australia

Visiting Cradle Mountain  is one of the best things to do in Tasmania. Especially if you’re into hiking! It’s part of Cradle Mountain Lake-St Clair National Park, a designated Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park Southern Lights - Things to do in Tasmania

Take on the Dove Lake Circuit (6km, 3hrs) or Crater Lake Circuit (5.7km, 2hrs) — both great ways to see Cradle Mountain and its surroundings.

National Park shuttle buses run between the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Dove Lake (8AM – 6PM from Oct to Mar, and 9AM – 5PM from Apr to Sep). Private vehicles are not permitted on the road during these times. 

Entrance fee:  AU$25.75/pax (~S$23.70) for a Daily Icon Park Pass Opening hours:  24 hours Address: 4057 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain Tasmania 7306

Cradle Mountain to Launceston: 2hr drive (140km)

Where to Stay in Launceston

Launceston The Sebel Hotel - Where to Stay in Launceston

The Sebel , Launceston.

Budget: Pod Inn (from ~S$64/night ) Mid-range: Coach House Launceston (from ~S$123 ) Luxury: The Sebel (from ~S$182/night )

Day 10: Launceston

Launceston River Tamar - Tasmania Itinerary

Chill out on the last day of your Tasmania road trip! Explore the streets of Launceston and stock up on souvenirs and snacks before heading home. Places to visit in Launceston include the Launceston Seaport Boardwalk, City Park and Princess Square.

Stillwater Restaurant

Launceston Stillwater Restaurant - Tasmania Itinerary

Our Tasmania itinerary ends with a scrumptious meal at Stillwater . Launceston is one of Australia’s two UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy , after all!

The building occupied by Stillwater is filled with history — it used to be an old flour mill in the 1800s and supplied water to the town in the 1900s. Today, it houses one of Launceston’s top restaurants.

Launceston Stillwater Dinner Koji Beef - Tasmania Itinerary

We had the Stanley octopus with udon as an entree and for the main, a Koji aged eye fillet that literally melts in your mouth. 🤤

Cost: From AU$36/main (~S$33) Opening hours: 8AM – 10PM (Tue – Thu), 8AM – 11PM (Fri – Sat), 8AM – 3PM (Sun – Mon) Address: 2 Bridge Rd, Launceston Tasmania 7250

Flights from Singapore to Tasmania

Qantas Plane - Tasmania Itinerary

Currently, there are no direct flights from Singapore to Tasmania .

The fastest way to get to Tasmania is to fly to Melbourne (7hr 10min), then to Hobart (1hr 20min) — the starting point in our Tasmania itinerary. We took an open jaw flight, flying out of Launceston at the end.

Qantas Flight Passanger in Economy - Flights to Australia

We flew via Qantas , which was really enjoyable. The check-in process before was fuss-free, plus every staff member we came across was really friendly.

The seats were spacious and comfy (blankets and pillows are provided!) and the inflight entertainment was great — I managed to watch two recently released films.

Qantas Flight Meal - Flights to Australia

During our seven-hour economy flight, we were served one meal and three rounds of snacks — pretzels, chips and a chicken pie. I honestly can’t recall the last time I ate so much on a flight.

Tips for Planning Your First Tasmania Road Trip

1) pre-trip essentials.

Tesla Car Road Trip - Tasmania Itinerary

Travel documents: Visitors to Australia must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601)* via the Australia ETA app . The processing fee is AU$20. It usually gets approved within a few days, but it’s better to be safe and complete this at least a week before your flight!

*Note: This applies to ETA-eligible passport holders , including Singapore.

Connectivity:  There are no phone shops at Hobart Airport. Purchase a SIM card either at Melbourne Airport (Optus offers 60GB for 30 days at AU$25, Vodafone offers 8GB for 14 days at AU$20) during your transit, or in Hobart city.

Insurance:  TravelCare ( from ~S$51/pax for 10 days)

Car rental: From ~S$100.20/day

2) Purchase a National Parks Pass online

Derby Valley Ponds Forest Trail - Tasmania Itinerary

A  National Parks Pass  is needed to enter all of Tasmania’s national parks. Over 40% of the country is a designated world heritage area and the fees go towards maintaining these parks!

A Daily Pass costs AU$41.20/vehicle (up to 8pax) and the price is the same for all parks except for Cradle Mountain. As our Tasmania itinerary includes a few national parks, we’d recommend getting a Holiday Pass (AU$82.40/vehicle). It includes entry to all national parks (including Cradle Mountain!) and is valid for two months.

3) Check out   Tourism Tasmania’s Trip Planner

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The Trip Planner allows you to find new things to do in Tasmania and map out a travel route and itinerary by day. You can also save your trip and share it as a collaborative link with your travelling party, so your travel mates have no excuse not to contribute to the trip planning 😉

4) Keep a Lookout for Mother Nature and Wildlife

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What makes a Tasmania road trip incredible is there’s nature and wildlife in every corner. Not just in national parks or wildlife sanctuaries! In Derby, we saw wild kookaburras, wallabies and even a platypus — all in the heart of town.

*Pro-tip: Tasmania is one of the best places in the world to see the elusive Southern Lights ! It’s hard to predict when they happen — join local Facebook groups like Aurora Australis Tasmania Alert NOW and Aurora Australis Tasmania to stay updated on aurora sightings.

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After experiencing Tasmania, I feel like I’ve been let into a big secret. The whole island state is a hidden gem — and it won’t be long before the rest of the world catches on.

Looking for more exciting things to do in Tasmania? Check out our Ultimate Tasmania Bucket List !

Read also: Visual Diary: Tasmania Road Trip — Our Favourite Photos and the Stories Behind Them

Did we miss out any fun things to do in our Tasmania itinerary? Share with us in the comments below!

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Are you looking for the ultimate road trip Tasmania itinerary?

The small Australian island is jam-packed full of enchanting waterfalls, mountains screaming out to be climbed and many of Australia’s best trails to explore.

You’ll probably feel a bit overwhelmed at all of the things to do in Tasmania at first; which is where this Tasmania road trip itinerary comes in!

This ultimate Tasmania itinerary accounts for the very best national parks, mountains, lakes and culture in the Australian state.

Whether you’re on a backpacking trip around Australia or visiting Tasmania with your family, there’s plenty for all sorts to enjoy in the Australian state.

How to prepare for this Tasmania road trip itinerary

This Tasmania itinerary begins in Devonport and loops around in a circle; this is presum ing you’ll be taking the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne with your own vehicle.

If you have your own car already, this is the most cost-effective option, despite the high ferry cost!

If you don’t have a car, fear not, lots of companies in Hobart offer great rental deals.

If you’re planning on flying into Tasmania , just begin this Tasmania itinerary in Hobart and follow the loop around from there!

This itinerary covers three weeks in Tasmania, but there aren’t many days off!

If you want to explore at a more leisurely pace, I’d recommend four weeks in Tasmania.

If you have less time, there are shorter itinerary options at the end.

These obviously do not cover Tasmania in as much detail, but they focus on smaller areas which enable you to see as much as possible in a shorter time.

Are you ready for the ultimate road trip in Tasmania itinerary?

Let’s go! First things first, book your overnight ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. We pick up this itinerary in Devonport the next day!

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Suggested time – half a day

Arrive in Devonport bright and early!

There isn’t a huge amount to do in Devonport apart from some pretty beaches and a few cafes.

If you’re feeling energised and ready to take on Tasmania after some caffeine, move straight to stop 2…

Known as ‘ The Platypus Capital of the World ’, Latrobe is a popular place to spot the rare mammal.

Take part in a platypus tour, where you will be taken to the best spots to spot the animal, or just try and spot one in the wild yourself!

Spend a night between Latrobe and Sheffield.

Either find a camp spot using WikiCamps or search for hotels in Latrobe or Sheffield by clicking here .

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Sheffield is a distinctly unique little town.

In a quaint  community spirit unlike anywhere else, the town is adorned with murals depicting its history.

Find out the story of all of the village’s local characters by going through its street art .

There are also quirky cafes aplenty and a really interesting antique shop to browse.

Liffey Falls

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Your first nature stop on your Tasmania road trip itinerary!

Liffey Falls are gorgeous waterfalls up a gravel road.

A short walk from the car park to the falls ensures that they are very secluded , and the roaring water makes for a perfect picnic backdrop!

Also on site is a ‘big tree’ – spoiler – it’s huge.

Stay the night in Bridport, or at a campsite between Liffey Falls and Mount William. Check out hotels in Bridport by clicking here . 

You could also check out Launceston, the perfect place for a weekend away , en route.

If you’re after a day or two of relaxing and unwinding, this city is ideal for you!

Mount William

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Drive Eastwards towards Mount William in the North Eastern corner of Tasmania.

Mount William is an easy 45-minute hike (one way) to a summit that offers amazing views of bushland and coastline.

And if you’re lucky, you might catch one of these cuties in the car park…

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Bay of Fires

Suggested time – 1.5 days

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Head South from Mount William to the Bay of Fires .

Named in this way because Western settlers saw fire coming from the beaches as they approached, the area is known for gorgeous sandy coves and azure waters.

Binalong Bay was my favourite little town in the area, with amazing tropical-feeling beaches and a small town community.

Things to do in the Bay of Fires

  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse – this 37-meter high-lighthouse has saved many ships over its 130-year history. It offers scenic views and interesting architecture.
  • Walk along the white sand beaches and swim in the clear waters
  • The Gardens Conservation Area – a 20 km self-drive will take you past some of the areas most scenic spots of coastline
  • See the Red Rocks – even though they look fiery, they’re not actually how the region got its name (it did so from Aboriginal people lighting fires along the coast). But the red rocks have become symbolic of the area and are a must-visit in the Bay of Fires.
  • Halls Falls – Located 45 minutes west of Binalong Bay, Halls Falls is an easy but secluded hike through Eucalyptus trees.
  • Grants Lagoon – This is situated just behind Binalong Bay and is somewhat sheltered from the elements – the lagoon water is often a few degrees warmer than the actual sea water.

Find a campsite on WikiCamps, or if you prefer solid walls, check out the best hotels in Binalong Bay by clicking here .

Freycinet National Park

Suggested time – 1-2 days

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One of the islands’ most iconic photographs is that of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and it will be a highlight of your 3 weeks in Tasmania.

It’s a beautiful beach scene that looks – quite literally – like a wine glass, with beautiful blue seas on each shore.

Things to do in Freycinet National Park

  • Mount Amos – This mountain offers a panoramic view of the surroundings and the bay itself. You can also hike to the beach of Wineglass Bay, where you can enjoy a dip in the cool waters as a reward!
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse – This is a 20-minute walk, and offers panoramic vistas of the national park at the end
  • Honeymoon Bay Beach – it’s every bit as picturesque as it sounds, Honeymoon Bay Beach is perfectly tranquil and absolutely stunning
  • Sleepy Bay – This fantastically named bay is a short 10-minute walk, taking you past some spectacular lookout points. Head down to the very end to see a beautiful view over the bay.
  • The Hazards – viewable from outside the park, The Hazards are four granite mountains that change colour during sunrise and sunset – they’re every photographer’s dream.

Stay the night in a campsite near Freycinet National Park or in one of the hotels – click here to view them .

Tasman Peninsula

Suggested time – 1-3 days

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Onwards to the Tasman Peninsula!

There are three capes you can traverse here. If you’re an avid hiker and have the time, you could do them all – if not, select the best one for you by using the details below.

Walks on the Tasman Peninsula

  • Cape Pillar Hike – this two day long hike is very long – 30 kms in total, and the first day 22 kms must be covered as the only place to camp (unless you are with a tour) is 8 kms from the start/ finish point. The views at the end are spectacular – you’re right on the edge of the cape and can see for miles. However, if you don’t like long hikes, this may not be for you.
  • Cape Raoul  – this 14 kilometre hike takes you through dense jungle and eventually peters out to oceanic views and sheer cliff. Great for those who like day hikes and speedy hikers, the edge of Cape Raoul will give you views to Hobart, Bruny Island and other spots of the Tasman Peninsula.
  • Cape Hauy  – starting from Fortescue Bay, this 8 kilometre hike is ideal for those who like spectacular views without huge distances. With gorgeous ocean and land views from the start, this cape walk is a beautiful way to see the dramatic coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.

Other things to do on the Tasman Peninsula

  • The Eaglehawk Tessellated Pavement – the sheer power of the sea has caused this rock surface to be eroded to form a resemblance to a mosaic – it’s a really unique natural attraction!
  • The Tasman Arch – this arch is another wonderful natural phenomenon that’s well worth checking out
  • The Tasman Blow Hole – At high tide, this blow hole can create a huge gush of water; don’t stand too close!

There are plenty of free and paid-for campsites around the Tasman Peninsula or hotels in the area. Click here to browse .

Port Arthur

Suggested time – 1 day

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Located within the village of Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most significant historic sites. It tells the story of the convict settlers of the area and was also the site of the worst mass murder in Australian history. It’s an area steeped in history that’s vital for understanding  Australia’s convict past.

Things to do in Port Arthur

  • The historical sites tell the story of Port Arthur as a convict site. Be sure to go on a historical tour with the informative guides.
  • Port Arthur ghost tours tell some of the haunting tales of spooky happenings in the jail.
  • The Totem Pole and Candlestick Walk is an 8.8-kilometre bush walk with the opportunity to climb up rock formations at the end.
  • Check out the Maingon Bay lookout, which is one of the best oceanic views on the peninsula.
  • If you’re visiting in November, December or January, check out the Port Arthur Lavender Farm for some amazing smells and great photo opportunities!

You’ll be able to stay in the same place as you did the night before or head to Hobart when you finish your day out and stay in a hotel or campsite there.

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Suggested time – 2-4 days

It’s time to touch down in Tasmania’s capital!

Hobart is a hidden gem, a wonderful city bursting with culture and holding immense beauty. It’s an essential to visit, even if you only have 1 week in Tasmania.

The Best Things to do in Hobart

  • The Docklands – on a sunny day these look wonderfully idyllic and inviting, with colourful boats and ramshackle coffee shops lining the edge.
  • The Tasmania National Museum and Art Gallery  – this free entry museum contains a few interesting exhibitions – including a really informative one about bushfires – and a section about Aboriginal Tasmania which is well worth a look.
  • MONA  – this museum may be what makes Hobart famous, and although it’s kind of pricey to get in, it’s a museum unlike no other, challenging you to really think about life and the world through art.
  • Salamanca Place  – this charming area of Hobart is home to Georgian architecture housing galleries, restaurants and boutiques – perfect for an afternoon’s exploration. On Saturday mornings (8:30am- 3pm) the Salamanca Markets are hosted here, which sell local produce and hand made gifts.
  • Derwent River Cruise  – this historic cruise will tell the tale of the city of Hobart and how it came to be.

Mount Wellington

You can’t visit Hobart without catching a sunset or sunrise at Mount Wellington.

One of my favourite bits of travel advice ever was “if you can see the top of Mount Wellington when you get to Hobart, stop whatever you’re doing and get the hell up there”. (Thanks David, a volunteer at the Devonport tourist information centre).

It will be a highlight on your entire road trip in Australia . Drive right up to the peak and be AMAZED at the view spreading out beneath you. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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If you’ve got a bit of time, try to catch sunrise as well!

Accommodation in Hobart

Even if you’re camping around Tasmania, Hobart is a great spot to recharge in some city-centre accommodation.

Here are some of the best places to stay in Hobart.

Budget: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is a hostel that will change your opinion of budget accommodation. Each dorm is intricately furnished, and there is a lovely common area and BBQ to enjoy as well as balconies with mountain views. If you don’t want to stay in a dorm room you can opt for a private bunkroom or queen bedroom. On-site is free parking, free luggage storage and free WiFi. Click here for rates and book today .

Mid-Range:  Riverfront Motel & Villas is perfect for families or those wanting outdoor-based accommodation without camping. Providing a mix of motel-style and villa accommodation, it is located close to MONA. Laundry facilities, a BBQ and a restaurant and bar are on site.  Click here for rates and to book today .

Luxury:  Ibis Styles Hobart is a great luxury spot within the city. On site is a swimming pool and a fitness centre and the rooms are decorated in a state-of-the-art style. It’s in a great location to Hobart centre and Salamanca Market. Click here for rates and to book today .

Bruny Island

Suggested time 1-2 days

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Next up, hop on a boat from Hobart to Bruny Island.

Bruny Island offers coastal walks, scenic views and great food and wine. There’s nothing quite like the scenery of the island, and there’s an adventure here to suit everybody.

Things to do on Bruny Island

  • Head to the gorgeous beaches of the island
  • Visit the Bruny Island lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in Australia, for an amazing sunset view
  • Sample some of the amazing foods and wines of the island by touring some of the farms and shops – the Bruny Island Berry Farm is a firm favourite, and there are lots of vineyards on the island selling amazing wines.
  • Take one of the many walking trails on the island

Stay a night or two on Bruny Island. There are campsites on WikiCamps or click here to look here for accommodation . 

Mount Field

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This national park, perfect for practising your travel photography , excels in waterfalls and tall trees – with a 2.5-hour loop walk taking you to the best of both!

Best Spots to Visit in Mount Field National Park

  • Russell Falls
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Lake Dobson for a scenic, quiet swim – and for downhill skiing in winter!
  • Tall Trees Walk – a 30-minute circuit starring the world’s tallest flowering plant

There are plenty of accommodation options and campsites near the national park. Click here for hotels near Mount Field .

Lake St Clair

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Beautiful Lake St Clair is the deepest lake in Australia.

There are many hikes you can do from the national park, and it’s also where the overland track, a 60-kilometre odyssey through wild Tasmania finishes.

The Best Hikes in Lake St Clair National Park

  • Mount Rufus is an ever-changing hike with a beautiful peak, great views and varied terrain making the walk back really interesting!
  • Shadow Lake is well worth a walk around
  • Of course, relaxing by the lake and enjoying some of the shorter walks is also a great way to take in Lake St Clair

There are hotels around the national park that are great for a night’s stay – click here to view them . Alternatively, you could camp near the park. 

Heading to the West Coast, Strahan is a port town known as one of the country’s most beautiful seaside towns.

It’s a somewhat sleepy place, but there are a few things to do in Strahan that make visiting the West Coast town worthwhile.

Things to do in Strahan

  • Take a boat trip to Sarah Island , which was once a convict prison and has lots of history.
  • Artisan shops in the town
  • Huge sand dunes (perfect for boarding!) along a rugged beach
  • The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park which Strahan serves as a gateway to. This is Tasmania’s greatest wilderness and is a fantastic place to hike in.

For hotels in Strahan, click here . 

Cradle Mountain

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Cradle Mountain may be the highlight of your Tasmania road trip itinerary.

Its jagged peaks have certainly inspired many an explorer to the island, and heaps of people dream about scaling the mountain one day.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain National Park

  •  If you’re a keen hiker or climber, the Cradle Mountain summit hike   should be number one on your list – it is without a doubt one of the best hikes in Tasmania . It wasn’t something I was planning on doing. But for some reason, on the day, I found myself on the top of that thing. It was the scariest experience of my life. I’m so glad I did it, but it’s really not for the faint-hearted (it was much scarier than Huashan, the supposed most dangerous mountain in China ). You have been warned!
  • Marion’s Lookout Walk enables you to see Cradle Mountain and snap an iconic feature – without actually climbing up the thing. It’s a bit of a climb to reach this lookout, as you can also see some of the park from a birds-eye view.
  • Dove Lake Circuit is an easy walk with a view of Cradle Mountain looming above. This is a great walk for those who don’t like hiking but do love nature.

If you’re camping, there are plenty of spots, both free and paid, around the National Park.

If you’re looking for a room, you could stay in Somerset .

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Now it’s time for the North Coast!

Stanley is a gorgeous little seaside town where everything looks astonishingly perfect. It’s small and quiet, but it’s a wonderful place to explore to have a bit of contrast from all the hikes.

If you’re spending 2 weeks in Tasmania or longer, it’s a nice addition to your road trip itinerary.

Things to do in Stanley

  • Climb up The Nut, an ancient volcanic crater.
  • Treat yourself at one of the many ice creameries lining the quaint high street.
  • If it’s warm, the beach is lovely, with calm, kind of warm waters and beautiful views. It’s one of my favourite swim spots in Australia!

Here are some more amazing things to do in Stanley .

Searching for somewhere to stay in Stanley? There are campsites near the town or check here for the best accommodation deals in Stanley itself .

 North Coast

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Finish your Tasmania road trip by checking out some of the North Coast highlights. These can be encompassed in a Stanley – Devonport drive.

Best Parts of the North Coast

  • The beautiful beaches of Boat Harbour Bay
  • The town of Bernie
  • Penguin , where if you’re lucky you might see fairy penguins darting on shore at dusk.

If you’ve got another night until your boat back to the mainland, find a campsite on WikiCamps or check out the best places to stay in Devonport .

Back to where you began! Get to Devonport in good time for your Spirit of Tasmania return to Melbourne this evening.

Shorter Tasmania Road Trip Itineraries

“This all sounds great… but I just don’t have the time!” I hear you cry.

Have no fear.

Here are some itineraries for 3 day, 5 day, 7 day, 10 day and 2 week trips to Tasmania.

You can still feel the Tassie magic, even with a shorter amount of time!

Tasmania Road Trip 3 Days

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If you only have 3 days in Tasmania, you’ll have to focus on a specific area of the state. Here are my recommendations:

Option One – from Devonport or use alternative day 3 for from Hobart

  • Day 1 : From Devonport, drive south to Cradle Mountain – or drive north from Hobart. Spend a day hiking in the national park.
  • Day 2:  Explore Lake St Clair National Park.
  • Day 3:  See Stanley and the Nut, as well as the north coast en route back to Devonport.
  • Alternative Day 3:  Drive to Mount Field National Park. Spend the day exploring the park before heading back to Hobart.

Option Two – from Devonport or reverse for from Hobart

  • Day 1:  Visit the Bay of Fires.
  • Day 2:  Head to Freycient National Park and hike to one of the Wineglass Bay viewpoints. Then start driving south to Hobart
  • Day 3:  Spend the morning looking around Hobart. Then head back to Devonport to catch the ferry.

Tasmania Road Trip 5 Days

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  • Day 1:  Head to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. Spend the day exploring here.
  • Day 2:  Spend the day in Freycient National Park
  • Day 3: See the sights of Hobart
  • Day 4:  Day trip to Bruny Island
  • Day 5:  Visit Port Arthur
  • Day 1:  Head to Cradle Mountain and spend the day in the National Park
  • Day 2:  Head to Lake St Clair National Park and spend the day hiking
  • Day 3:  See Hobart
  • Day 4:  Visit Freycinet National Park
  • Day 5:  Spend the day at the Bay of Fires

Tasmania Road Trip 7 Days

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  • Day 1:  Head to the Bay of Fires and spend the day exploring here
  • Day 2:  Go to Freycinet National Park and see Wineglass Bay
  • Day 3:  Visit the Tasman Peninsula and hike one of the capes OR visit Port Arthur
  • Day 4: See Hobart
  • Day 5:  Visit Mount Field National Park
  • Day 6:  See Lake St Clair National Park
  • Day 7:  Hike up Cradle Mountain!

Tasmania Road Trip 10 Days

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  • Day 1:  Go to the Bay of Fires
  • Day 2:  Hike around Freycinet National Park
  • Day 3:  Visit the Tasman Peninsula and hike one of the capes
  • Day 4:  Visit Port Arthur
  • Day 5:  See Hobart
  • Day 6:  See Hobart
  • Day 7:  See Mount Field National Park
  • Day 8:  Head to Lake St Clair and hike up Mount Rufus
  • Day 9:  Do some smaller hiking trails around Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Day 10:  Hike up Cradle Mountain

2 Weeks in Tasmania

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  • Day 2:  Spend a day chilling around Binalong Bay
  • Day 3: Hike around Freycinet National Park
  • Day 4:  Spend another day in the park
  • Day 5:  Visit the Tasman Peninsula and hike one of the capes
  • Day 6:  Visit Port Arthur
  • Day 7:  See Hobart
  • Day 8:  See Hobart
  • Day 9:  See Mount Field National Park
  • Day 10:  Head to Lake St Clair and hike up Mount Rufus
  • Day 11: See Strahan, go sandboarding and drive along the beach
  • Day 12:  Do some smaller hiking trails around Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Day 13:  Hike up Cradle Mountain
  • Day 14: Head to Stanley and climb up The Nut

Have you ever been to Tasmania? What were your favourite bits if so? Is this Tasmania road trip itinerary useful? Let me know in the comments below!I hope you enjoyed this list of the best things to do in Tasmania! Please share it or follow me on Facebook ! 

If you're thinking of a Tasmania road trip, whether you're spending 1 week in Tasmania, 2 weeks in Tasmania or 3 weeks in Tasmania check out this Tasmania itinerary for all of the best things to do in Tasmania.

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I have great memories of Tasmania, I can’t understand why so many travellers miss it out. Sounds like you made the most of it though and saw plenty.

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It’s a fantastic place it’s it! Definitely saw a lot, there’s still more to see though. I want to go back and do the Overland Track at some point 🙂

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The Perfect 2-Week Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Richard Barnes

  • Last Updated: January 12, 2024

Check out this perfect 2-week self drive Tasmania road trip itinerary to help you plan your epic adventure around Australia’s most beautiful state!

Tasmania, that bit of Australia that everyone knows exists but few seem to visit.

I first visited Australia in 2008 and sadly did not make it to Tasmania. Since then it’s been a place that has been on my bucket list.

Recently my wife and I finally made it down that far south to check out all the best places to visit in Tasmania .

This stunning island may just be Australia’s best-kept secret. Although I cannot imagine it staying that way for long.

Unlike the rest of Australia, Tasmania is small and compact.  The journeys are short, the roads are winding and the sea is cold. It’s perfect for a road trip.

The scenery is simply breathtaking. Of all the places I have been in Australia, this may just be my favourite state.

From the beauty of a national park to the natural beauty from nearly any side of the road views, a road trip through Tasmania is truly spectacular.

Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Table of Contents

Driving Comfort

Buying a national parks pass, eating and drinking in tasmania, day 1: hobart, day 2: port arthur, day 3: tasman peninsula, day 4: maria island, day 5: freycinet national park and wineglass bay, day 6: freycinet national park and bay of fires, day 7: bay of fires, day 8: tamar valley, day 9: cradle to coast tasting trail, day 10: boat harbour beach and cradle mountain, day 11: cradle mountain summit, day 12: cradle mountain, horse riding and onto the west coast, day 13: strahan and the western wilderness way, day 14: bruny island, what did we miss on our tasmania road trip itinerary, tips for a self drive tasmania road trip.

Below is our 2-week Tasmania itinerary that took us all the way around this beautiful island. Obviously some parts can be extended or chopped off as you wish.

However, we found this Tasmania itinerary gave us plenty of time to see the vast majority of what we wanted to see without being rushed.

Be warned though, Tasmania is not like mainland Australia.

It does rain, especially around Cradle Mountain. So even in the middle of summer, do not be surprised if you encounter a fair few showers during your road trip.

READ MORE: Don’t miss our new  travel to Australia  guide.

How to Get Around – Car vs Campervan

You cannot road trip Tasmania by public transport alone. To really enjoy and experience everything this incredible place has to offer you need your own set of wheels.

Luckily renting a car in Tasmania is cheap, we rented a car for $66 dollars a day, which included zero excess insurance.

The cheapest campervan we found was 3 times this amount. But if you love this style of travel, then this could be a good option. Check out Spaceships for affordable vans for rent.

We would recommend hiring a car for Tasmania for the following reasons:

The overall cost of renting a car is substantially cheaper. However, in effect, you need to work out if car rental + accommodation is going to be cheaper than camper-van + holiday parks.

From our pre-trip calculations, a car turned out to be our best bet.

We averaged $150 on car + accommodation on our trip, which was cheaper than the rental cost of a camper van.

Cars drink less fuel, period. We had a lovely Toyota Prius Hybrid which meant our fuel costs were minimal. This is a big plus on a Tasmania road trip, where fuel prices can be quite high.

I personally prefer driving cars to camper vans due to the manoeuvrability, ease of parking in cities and less stress driving on winding roads.

Of course, this is all up to you though. With an epic Tasmania itinerary, you’ll have an amazing time no matter how you choose to get around.

The best way to get around is to rent a car and explore on your own! We recommend Rental Cars , which has the largest range of vehicles for the best value on the market.

Buying a National Park Pass is a must for anyone planning to visit Tasmania’s National Parks .

It costs $89 AUD per vehicle and gives you unlimited entry to Tasmania’s National Parks for 2 months.

You can buy it at any National Park visitor centre. Just remember to display it on your dashboard or you will be fined.

It also saves $10 AUD on the ferry to Maria Island. The alternative is paying $24 AUD per 24 hours. So long as you visit national parks for a minimum 3 days then you’ve made your money back.

Like mainland Australia, eating out can be quite expensive at times. As a result, the vast majority of travellers will be cooking for themselves at numerous points on their travels.

Pick up a cheap cool bag to keep food fresh, as you cannot always guarantee a fridge (unless of course, you have a campervan).

We stayed in a mixture of holiday parks, AirBnBs, hotels and guesthouses on this Tasmania itinerary. We only had a couple of nights without a kitchen which helped us keep our spending down.

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That being said, Tasmania’s gourmet produce is both popular and delicious so don’t forget to indulge now and then, especially on the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail!

2-Week Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Without further ado, let’s hit the road with my ultimate Tasmania road trip itinerary!

Fly into Hobart city centre and pick up your rental car.

After getting to our AirBnB and dumping our stuff head up Mount Wellington for stunning views over Hobart and the wider area, even as far as Bruny Island.

Then head to the Museum of Tasmania before spending the evening wandering around Battery Point and beautiful Salamanca.

Hobart Sunset

From Hobart, it’s a short drive to Port Arthur on the east coast. This excellent historical site gives you the opportunity to understand more about Tasmania’s fascinating convict history.

You can book a guided tour or a ghost tour to learn more about the history and spookiness around the historic site. Also consider booking your entry ticket online in advance during peak season to save yourself some time.

Port Arthur is also home to Australia’s worst-ever massacre. While this is a pretty morbid topic, it’s important to pay homage to the victims at the Port Arthur Memorial Garden.

  • Where We Stayed: Bluegum Guesthouse

On Day 3 of your Tasmania road trip, you are likely to first experience the island’s infamously temperamental weather.

Spend the morning exploring the convict coal mines located on the north west coast of the Tasman peninsula.

From there, head back to quirky little Doo Town for some gorgeous coastal scenery and excellent food from the fish and chip van next to the blowhole.

Close to Doo Town are some beautiful coastal viewpoints which a well worth exploring.

After crossing back across the Eagles Neck, check out the dog line museum before heading on towards the tessellated pavements. Here there is a lovely walk along the coast giving some wonderful views of the Tasman peninsula.

From here, head up to the tiny coastal town of Triabunna, in preparation for your journey to Maria Island.

  • Where we stayed: Triabunna Holiday Park

Check out our full guide to the best things to do on the Tasman Peninsula !

Catch the ferry from the Tiabunna Visitor Centre at 10:30. You should aim to get to the ferry terminal around 30 minutes before departure.

Incidentally, you can also pick up you National Park Pass here and save yourself $10 AUD on the ferry ride.

The journey only takes around 30 minutes. And if the weather is looking good, you can stake out space at the front to sunbathe.

We only spent one day on Maria Island . If you want to stay the night there are campsites and cabins that can be booked.

READ MORE: Check out our brand new guide to the best things to do in Tasmania !

You are also able to rent mountain bikes, which can be arranged at the visitor centre in Triabunna and picked up in Darlington.

If you are only doing 1 day, a bike allows you to cover a decent amount of ground.

From Darlington, we headed for the painted cliffs which are leisurely 30-minute ride. We dumped our bikes and went to explore the amazing coastline.

We carried on further down the track stopping at various points along the way to explore the coastline and find a place to have our picnic.

It was here we encountered wombats, wallabies and pademelons.

We carried on further down the coast before heading back to snorkel around the painted cliffs.

The area from Darlington to just beyond the painted cliffs is a protected marine reserve. The snorkelling is pretty good, but the visibility isn’t great.

This wasn’t helped by the huge thunderstorm that hit not long after getting in.

As I was coming back in I got the fright of my life in the form of a 2-meter wide stingray coming out of nowhere.

Do be aware that the water here is cold too. I went in without a wet suit and was okay, but you will definitely have a more pleasant experience with one.

We spent the remaining couple of hours dropping the bikes off, spotting roos on the hills close the jetty and avoiding the rain.

After getting the last ferry back we drove up to Bicheno. Coles Bay is the other popular option for accommodation in the park. Coles Bay is closer to the attractions, but Bicheno is a bit bigger and has more going on.

We chose this as it was cheaper than anything else close to Freycinet and after camping in the rain in Triabunna a tent wasn’t on the agenda for Miranda.

  • Book your accommodation for Bicheno ahead of time here .

Maria Island Tasmania Road Trip

We hopped in our car and headed for the Freycinet National Park for day 5 on our Tasmania road trip.

From Bicheno, it’s around a 30-minute drive. Probably more during dawn or dusk as the risk of wildlife jumping out increases dramatically in and around the national park.

We headed down to the visitor centre to check out some of the walks to come up with our plan of action. We ended up doing the Wineglass Beach Walk overlooking Wineglass Bay.

Understandably this is one of the most popular walks in Tasmania, so don’t be surprised if it’s busy. To avoid the crowds simply walk down to Wineglass Bay Beach from the lookout.

The vast majority of tourists head up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and back down again. As a result, the beach is actually very quiet in comparison. This is a great spot to pull out that picnic basket.

Alternatively, if you have the time, consider this Wineglass Bay cruise from Coles Bay.

There are plenty of other great walks in the national park. The Hazards Beach walk, in particular, gets rave reviews, and you can’t really beat the Mount Amos hike at sunrise .

Don’t forget to display your Parks Pass if you are doing any longer than 2 days in Tasmania’s parks.

That evening it was back to our AirBnB in Bicheno and dinner at a Pasini’s, a great little restaurant on the edge of Bicheno.

Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Day 6 of the road trip, we spent the morning at Freycinet checking out Sleepy Bay and the beautiful friendly beaches. The latter giving the iconic windswept beach vibe that Tasmania is known for.

We grabbed something to eat in Bicheno and headed up towards the Bay of Fires. This drive is spectacular, a real highlight of any road trip around Tasmania. So have your camera ready and keep your eyes peeled for places to park.

Accommodation in the Bay of Fires area around St Helens in the summer can be eye-wateringly expensive. We actually stayed 30 minutes south of St Helens at Scamander Sanctuary Holiday Park in possibly the nicest tent I have ever seen.

After dumping our stuff we carried on up Tasmania’s other famous beach, Binalong Bay along the east coast. Head to the Northern section of Binalong Bay, by taking the C848, to avoid the crowds.

The water here actually wasn’t too cold, although it can get really windy, so a tent or windbreaker could be a lifesaver on the beach.

  • Where we stayed: Scamander Sanctuary Holiday Park

The park has a fully equipped kitchen and fantastic glamping style tents. It’s awesome for a Tasmania road trip.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet

On Day 7 of your Tasmania road trip itinerary you’re in for a treat.

From Scamander towards St Helens and the Bay of Fires, the coastline is absolutely stunning and the chances are you will have it all to yourself.

Even in mid-January, one of the busiest times in Tasmania, we had whole beaches to ourselves.

Following this, we headed beyond Binalong Bay up to the Gardens for some beautiful coastal scenery and a bit of bouldering.

Once you get beyond one of Tasmania’s most famous beaches you have a plethora of beautiful places to stop and explore.

We headed as far as the road would take us hopped out of our car and went exploring. Half the fun of the Bay of Fires is exploring. Just park up somewhere that looks pretty and go for a wander.

Late afternoon we headed for little Launceston, Tasmania’s second city, for want of a better description.

We still had some picnic food so we took it down to the marina for dinner as the sunset.

This was definitely a highlight of our road trip along Tasmania’s east coast.

Bay Of Fires

We took a slightly more relaxed pace in our road trip today taking in the gorgeous Tamar Valley.

We did plan on heading over the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. However, we ended up in Seahorse World and Platypus House at the northwestern end of the Tamar Valley.

This was a little pricey, but pretty interesting. The platypuses and echidnas are extremely adorable.

From Tamar Valley we headed back down towards to Cataract Gorge stopping in at the Exeter bakery for a curry rice pie (a must if you’re passing).

At Cataract Gorge, there is a lovely walk or you can do like most and hop straight in the lake.

This was one of our highlights during our two-week road trip in Tasmania.

Effectively this is a 150km trail that you drive and stop off at gourmet produce places and eateries on the route. If you are in any way a foodie, this is an absolute must.

Most of the eateries are between Deloraine and the wonderfully named town of Penguin. However, we carried on beyond Penguin to beautiful Stanley for our final stop on the trail.

After an amazing seafood dinner, we hiked up the Nut for some stunning sunset views. Whilst it’s not a long hike, the initial climb is extremely steep.

Sunset At The Nut

On day 10 of the road trip, we spent the morning at the beach and the afternoon in the mountains.

We spent the morning at the beautiful Boat Harbour Beach with golden sands, clear blue water and gorgeous coastal scenery!

From here it was a 1.5-hour drive down to one of Tasmania’s highlights; Cradle Mountain.

After checking into our hotel, we headed down to complete the Dove Lake hike. Here we found a gorgeous, easy hike that is perfect to do around sunset.

  • Where we stayed : Cradle Mountain Hotel

The Cradle Mountain Hotel was above our budget. But the convenience and lack of more affordable accommodation close to the park made this a winner in our eyes.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park has some of the best hiking in Tasmania and is a must-see on a road trip. It is the beginning of the Overland Track, as well as being the stage for some phenomenal day walks.

Sadly we did not have enough time to do the Overland Track so I settled for the summit hike. (Although you can read all about the founders of this website’s experience of hiking the Overland Track by clicking here .)

Safe to say this is a tough hike and it absolutely should not be attempted in wet or snowy conditions since it will make the final rock scrambling and bouldering sections extremely dangerous.

This hike is an absolute must if you are heading to Cradle Mountain. And you can easily spend a few hours relaxing along Lake St Clair after the hike.

Don’t miss the NOMADasaurus guide to  hiking the Larapinta Trail , one of Australia’s other great walks.

Marions Lookout, Cradle Mountain

We checked out some of the shorter walks that began around the experience centre in the morning.

Afterwards, we headed out with Cradle Country Adventures to go horse riding around their Belvoir Area track taking us up for a stunning view of Cradle Mountain.

From here we headed down towards the old mining town of Queenstown stopping in a Zeehan on the way.

Whilst it makes an interesting place to look around, Zeehan does have a slight “straight out of a horror film” kind of vibe, fascinating in an odd kind of way.

Queenstown is littered with relics and reminders of the mining boom. It was a great place to spend the night.

  • Where we stayed : Empire Hotel

This excellent old hotel is a stark reminder of the gold era time of the west coast. The food here is great!

If you want a real adventure from Cradle Mountain and have a bit more time, head out to the Tarkine for this 2-day road trip extension!

On Day 13 of our road trip, we drove down the west coast to the quaint seaside village town of Strahan. If you head due west from here the next bit of land you would hit would be Argentina.

Along with Zeehan and Queenstown, Strahan also benefitted hugely from the gold rush times. Now it’s a much more sedate and laid back affair.

It’s a decent place to explore for a morning, but probably not worth much more time than that. From here it was a long drive down to Hobart.

The west coast is Tasmania at its most desolate. There is one road from Strahan to Hobart. At times, it almost seems like the outback but with more trees.

There are plenty of viewpoints, short hikes and sights on route to break up this long drive.

This gorgeous little island is only an hour or so away from Hobart. As a result, Bruny Island can get pretty busy at weekends or during the holidays.

It pays to show up half an hour early than you really need to as the queue to get on the boat can be pretty long.

We immediately headed for the Neck viewpoint, which since it is one of the best viewpoints can be pretty busy. However, the views are absolutely spectacular.

From here we headed down to grass point for a beautiful coastal and then spent to rest of the day beach hopping around the rest of the island.

A great idea is to go ahead and book this tour in advance so you get the best of Bruny Island in a 3-hour cruise. If you have more time, consider this highly-rated full-day tour .

Alternatively, if you missed it on Day 1 of your Tasmania road trip you could spend the day exploring Mount Wellington for some incredible views over Hobart.

Bruny Island, Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Well in our 2 week Tasmania road trip we managed to see a huge amount of the island. But there were a few things we sadly did not get the opportunity to visit.

The list below were places that we planned on visiting on the road trip. However, unfortunately for us, time ran out.

  • Haast Caves
  • Mole Creek National Park
  • Mt Field National Park

There are probably plenty of other amazing things that we missed on our road trip, but that just gives us a reason to return to this incredible island.

Hope you enjoyed my 2-week Tasmania road trip itinerary. If you did leave a comment below! Happy travels.

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Hey, I am from Israel and planning (with my wife) a trip to Tasmania, around February-March. First of all, thank you for your route, it is well described and provided a lot of information that I will certainly use in my planning. I read several posts, and what I’m missing, including yours, is a reference to watching (terrestrial) animals. I know Tasmania is one big nature reserve. Have you encountered any animals? Which? where? Are there any established sites to meet animals? Anything you recommend? Thanks for everything, Shmulik.

Tasmania is a great state to travel around. There are a few sanctuary around but do your research before you go. We highly recommend Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary just outside of Hobart. They are great.

You can have animal encounters sometimes when you are hiking and on Maria Island. Please keep your distance from the animals and never touch them. They are wild. Have a great time.

Wow! We are trying to plan a road trip around Tassie and had no idea where to start. You have given us so much wonderful information. I will be telling my friends about your site. So very thankful for the breakdown you provided. Thank you thank you thank you. Hugs and Blessings to you both.xx

Hi Wendy, how exciting you are going to Tasmania. We love this state so much. We spent 3 months exploring Tassie, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help. Happy planning. 🙂

I would suggest you missed a few things to do around Strahan. The wilderness in that location is absolutely incredible and there are some beautiful hikes to do, along with train and boat excursions. Apart from that critique, your itinerary and write-up was excellent. Thanks for posting.

This is on my bucket list as well, such a beautiful place. I’m wondering being from the states if I will be able to adjust to driving because I would rather drive myself around. Fantastic article thank you!!

Hi Heather, thank you so much. We totally understand about driving on the other side of the road. It is like that for us when we visit the USA or Canada. The rental companies understand this and some offer a lesson before hiring. Definitely get the insurance so you are covered incase anything happens. Your travel insurance may offer you car rental insurance so check with that first before taking out the rental car’s insurance. Our suggestion is to hire a small car. This will depend on what time of year you are going. In winter hire a larger vehicle as it may snow. In the summer, you should be fine with a smaller car. The roads are quiet in Tasmania compared to other places in Australia, like near Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

A perfect Tas itinerary indeed! Beaches and national parks are the best for families with kids. Thanks for the self-drive tip as we also wouldn’t want a rushed trip. Keeping this post handy!

Agree. They are so beautiful there. We were blown away. Thank you. Glad the article was helpful

Tourism Tasmania owes you a beer! I wanted to take a two week holiday in October 2021 but wasn’t sure where Was contemplating scuba trip on Great Barrier Reef, Margaret River/Perth road trip, Darwin NT, and Tassie.

Read your article and within 6 hours booked Spirit of Tasmania for a two week stay in Tassie and started making some pre and post travel and accommodation plans!

haha thank you. We are stoked this article was helpful for you. There is so many awesome places to go in Australia. That is awesome we could help you decide. You are going to have such a great time in Tasmania. It is a beautiful state. When are you planning on going. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. There is so much to do in Tasmania. It is a little overwhelming (in the good way). Have a great trip.

Very helpful ideas. We are planning a trip to Tasmania to see and learn more about the convict sites. Not sure how they would fit into your itinerary but we will see.

We have budgeted $5000.00 to cover accom car hire food and drink etc for 14 day tour….hope this covers it all,we are happy for 4star accom and mix some cabin s in as well… I think a plan of Hobart one night,port Arthur one night,Coles bay one night,Bicheno one nightLaunceston 2 nights,(including drive to Campbell town and Ross and back one day),then one night Devonport (why don’t people seem to like Devonport as a stop?)then overnight Wyndham,one night cradle mountain,Strahan 2 nights ,then back to Hobart 3 nights.and do road trips down to Huonville,Bruny ,mt Wellington etc.

Interesting read. We did a similar itinerary but focus a bit more on hiking and camping. Tasmania is a great place for outdoor lovers!.

When in Strahan, one must take the trip on the cog railway and the spectacular Gordon River tour. You might give a warning about driving on the road into Queenstown from the south – it is treacherous.

Near Hobart is the Bonorong Wildlife Refuge. There is a nighttime tour I did not get to take that is supposed to be especially worthwhile. A good place doing good things.

Sorry if the names I gave aren’t exact – it’s been a few years. (I hope to go again soon!)

Thank you so much for the tips Ginny. Something to add to our list. 🙂

great pictures, I would love to go to one of these places, thank you for sharing this post.

Thank you for your comment Jasmine. Richard made us want to go too. We have never been either. Tasmania looks like an incredible place.

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The Ultimate Tasmania Road Trip: 6-12 Days

Sometimes it’s the destinations closest to your home that can take you by surprise. We’ve travelled long and far to some pretty incredible places around this world but we’d never taken the time to explore our own home country of Australia, let alone Tasmania.

Tasmania, with a population of only 519,000 is becoming an increasingly sought after holiday destination and after spending 10 days in this state we are starting to understand why.

The landscapes are forever changing, there’s an extensive culinary scene with locally sourced produce, world-class wineries, picturesque beaches (that are never crowded), epic mountain ranges, hikes galore, cute coastal towns, rural farm villages, amazing wildlife and a very laid back Aussie vibe.

Exploring is the key in Tasmania and it’s definitely a place you will keep coming back too!

Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary: Interactive Map

Below is the ultimate Tasmania road trip map, that would ideally be done in 10-11 days but could be done in 6 if you skip certain places.

If you have less time, we suggest choosing either north+east (Launceston) or south+east (Hobart).

Take a Guided Tour in Tasmania

Before we dive in to our self guided tour, you may want to consider an organised tour or activity. Check out these top tours from GetMyGuide.

Car Rental in Tasmania

Tasmanian Roads

The first thing you’ll realise when you get to Tasmania is, you’ll need a car! We rented our car directly from Hobart Airport with Bargain Car Rentals and they were far cheaper than their competitors. The service was quick, pain-free and the car was fine. For a 10-day economy car rental, we paid $560 AUD plus $150 in gas over 10 days. Aside from a regular vehicle, many people choose to travel around Tasmania in full-blown houses on wheels, caravans, campervans, motorbikes or 4WD’s. Anything goes as long as it gets you from A to B!

The BEST Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Below is our itinerary over the course of 10 days. Tasmania may be small but there’s so much to see. How long would we recommend? It depends what you’re coming for, but generally speaking, nothing less than 6 days if you want to see the main sights but even then you may find yourself rushing.

DAY 1: HOBART

You’ve arrived into Hobart, the capital of Tasmania or maybe you’ve come into Devonport via ferry (if that is the case, do this itinerary in reverse). Either way, if you’ve been to Sydney or Melbourne before you’ll be shocked to see the difference of this small Tasmanian capital. Hobart, whilst small, still has a lot to offer, especially in the restaurant department! There’s a very dynamic food scene combined with rich history, parks, shopping and preserved towns.

MONA

To start the day off right, grab a freshly baked croissant and coffee from Daci & Daci Bakery . You’ll be coming back for seconds, we assure you. Next, make your way to the famous MONA (Museum of Old & New Art), a unique interactive museum that is sure to leave an impression with some downright crazy exhibitions including an entire wall of 100+ uniquely shaped vaginas. Allow at least 2 hours. Not for the vaginas, but for the whole museum. Entry $28 AUD. Get there as it opens (10 am) as it gets very crowded.

MONA

When you’ve finished marvelling at the artworks at the MONA, carry on to  Bonorong Wildlife Park where you can get up close with wombats, Tasmanian devils and our furry friend, the koalas. Entry is $29 AUD and includes a tour (check the times). Here are some very interesting facts about these creatures. Word of warning, don’t try and pat them, they are very aggressive with their teeth.

Tasmanian Devil

When you’re done, spend the afternoon sampling beers at Cascade Brewery , Australia’s oldest operating brewery. Or sample whiskey at  Lark Distillery, one of Hobart’s famous whiskey bars.  Salamanca Place has a large range of restaurants to choose from for dinner for those sweet tooth lovers, Honey Badger Dessert Cafe will do the trick (or make you sick).

Salamanca Place

Set your alarm for 4:30 am… we promise it’ll be worth it.

Overnight: Hobart

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  • Budget: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
  • Midrange:  Zero Davey Boutique Apartment Hotel
  • Luxury:  MACq1 Hotel

Top Tours in Hobart

If organized tours are your thing, here are some recommendations from GetMyGuide:

DAY 2: HOBART

Rise and SHINE, it’s time for sunrise over Mount Wellington.

Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington is a short 30-35 minute drive from the CBD and it offers breathing taking panoramic views of Hobart and surrounding areas. We chose to visit at sunrise and would highly recommend doing the same. The constant changing of light and colours is simply beautiful. It is at least 10 degrees colder up there, so dress appropriately! If it gets too cold there’s a pinnacle observation shelter to get warm.

Pinnacle Centre Mount Wellington

It’s free to visit and you can drive directly to the top so there’s no hiking involved. If you’re prone to motion sickness, take something prior and please watch out for the animals on the way up! There are plenty of walks to do around the base of Mt Wellington if hiking is your thing. See here for options.

Mount Wellington

Once you’ve got back to the city, grab yourself some breakfast a t Machine Laundry Cafe or the famous Jackman & McRoss and slowly stroll towards the preserved town of Battery Point , a quaint suburb with cottages, cute roundabouts and historical landmarks. Go shopping on Liverpool street , roam around Elizabeth Street Pier  and if you love ciders, visit  Willie Smiths Apple Shed in Huon Valley (30 minutes from the city) for lunch and a refreshing cider! End the day with dinner at  Frank’s , an Argentinian restaurant with great steaks and even better vegetable side dishes.

Salamanca Wharf

TOP TIPS: (for foodies!)

  • SALAMANCA MARKETS: The Salamanca Markets are Australia’s largest open-air market and are one of Tasmania’s main attractions! Please note they only take place on Saturday mornings from 8:30 – 3:30 and host 100’s of fresh food, clothing, music and an unforgettable atmosphere (so we’ve been told!). Unfortunately, we were in Hobart on a Monday & Tuesday (not recommended!) and missed this experience. If you can, plan to be in Hobart over a weekend to enjoy what all these markets have to offer. Devastated we missed out on all the free samples.
  • STREET EATS @ FRANKO: Every Friday from 4:30pm – 9:30pm between November and April, Franklin Square boats a hyperactive street food night market featuring funky stalls, music, food, beer, wine & ciders. Picnic rugs are provided.

Day 3: PORT ARTHUR & THE TASMAN PENNINSULA

Say farewell to Hobart and a big hello to the Tasman Penninsula.

Tasman Peninsula

Head straight towards Eagle Hawk Neck , a narrow isthmus that connects the Tasman Peninsula with the Forestier Peninsula. Walk down to the Tesselated Pavements and soak in the beautiful scenery of the Tasman Arch.

Tessellated Pavements

Continue your drive along the coast towards the historical site of Port Arthur  for a look into the fascinating convict past. Tickets are $39 which includes a guided tour and a boat ride. You also have the option to do a self-guided tour with audio for an extra charge. If you’re into spooky tours, stick around for the nighttime ghost tour.

Port Arthur Historical Site

Our next stop was rather different! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a town where everything starts with doo? Well, you can, here in Tasmania. There’s such a thing and it’s called, “ Doo Town “. How doolightful! Grab a snack at the doo-lishus food truck before checking out the nearby blowhole.

Doo lishus Food Truck

Along the peninsula you can also get up close and personal with the Tasmanian Devils at The Unzoo , sample Tasmanian chocolate at the chocolate factory and if you have more time consider walking The Cape Hauy walk . Avoid eating at Port Arthur and instead, stop into Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed (even if you don’t like oysters) for a wine tasting and lunch. The rosé was just delightful!

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

We spent the night in the small coastal town of Swansea.  There are short walks to do around the headland or you could eat fish and chips on the beach from  Oyster Bay Seafood. Not a must do, but a decent place to break up the drive.

Note: If you wish to visit Maria Island, (more info below) spend the night in Triabunna, not Swansea. 

Overnight: Swansea 

  • Budget: Swansea Backpacker Lodge 
  • Midrange: Swansea Beach Chalets
  • Luxury: Piermont Retreat

Top Tours in Port Arthur

Day 4: the great eastern drive.

By now you will have begun the Great Eastern Drive ! 176km’s of vineyards, coastal towns, bays, beaches and never-ending beauty.

The Great Eastern Drive

Just 10 minutes from Swansea is Kates Berry Farm . Sample a variety of jams, including “adults only jams” and enjoy a berry-filled breakfast before hitting up some wineries along the east coast trail.

Kates Berry Farm

This part of your journey will allow you to sample some of the world’s most renowned wines. The wineries are all relatively close together and all offer a different experience. Gala Estate , holds tastings in a 100-year-old home, still with its original stove and lounge room making for a very personal experience.  Devil’s Corner is one of the more popular and modern wineries along this route, especially for lunch. Spring Vale had a cute picnic area. The tastings at all these wineries were free.

Gala Winery

Aim to spend the night in Bicheno. Bicheno is the closest coastal town to the famous Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park and is a great base for you to explore the region tomorrow! Allow enough time to walk around the town and if you’re there in time, have lunch at The Farm Shed , visit the beach and then head for a relaxed dinner at The Gulch which boasts fresh fish and chips on the wharf, accompanied by 1000’s of seagulls.

The Gulch

Overnight: Bicheno

DAY 5: COLES BAY & FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

Have breakfast at Blue Edge Bakery in Bicheno (great pastries, coffee and sandwiches) and travel 30 minutes towards Coles Bay . It’s a good idea to pack sandwiches or snacks as there aren’t too many places to grab food inside the National Park without the high price inflation. The bakery has you sorted!

Wineglass Bay

The primary reason tourists visit Freycinet National Park is to hike to the famous  Wineglass Bay lookout. It took roughly 30 minutes to get to the top and Jacob did it in no shoes, which caught the attention of a lot of other tourists who had bulky boots and walking poles…

Wineglass Bay

There is a “do it yourself ” parking pass which allows you to buy a ticket and leave the receipt on your car. Rangers do come and inspect so don’t get yourself a fine by trying to avoid the system. The parking pass is $24 AUD. If you wish to walk down to wineglass bay, it is a 1.5-hour walk but remember, once you go down, you have to come back up! There are also Wineglass boat tours for a different experience.

Honeymoon Bay

You could spend hours in this National Park, especially if the weather is on your side. Be sure to stop by Honeymoon Bay  for a swim and it won’t take long before you feel like you’ve just entered a movie scene. On your way out, don’t miss the Friendly Beaches in Coles Bay. Before you ask, yep, that’s their real name and they’re definitely pretty friendly! Stunning.

Friendly Beaches

Overnight: Bicheno or Freycinet National Park. If budget isn’t a concern, be sure to treat yourselves to a night ( or two)  at Freycinet Lodge ! 

Top Tours in Freycinet National Park

Day 6: bay of fires.

The Bay of Fires  stretches from Binalong Bay  in the south to Eddystone Point in the north and is an impressive combination of untouched wilderness with perfect strands of beaches. There are many white sandy beaches and inlets to explore. This area is famous for its orange-hued granite rocks which are actually produced by a lichen. There’s a fun fact for the day! It was really impressive to see, especially from above on our drone!

Bay Of Fires

Do note that The Bay Of Fires refers to a whole area, not just a singular bay . The closest town is St Helens and there are a handful of restaurants to choose from. In Tasmania standards, it’s one of the “larger” of the towns. (Not including Hobart or Launceston). Binalong Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tasmania and where we spent our Australia Day although unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side.

Australia Day

The drive from Bay of Fires directly to Launceston isn’t too long (2 hours 45min) but after a day on the beach relaxing we chose to break it up by spending a night in the very quiet town of Pioneer. This is a very quiet country town with no restaurants or cafes so it’s best to stop in St Helens prior and get yourself some dinner for the evening. Our accommodation, Pioneer Lodge (one of the only two) was a large farmhouse with an old-school kitchen, but it was a unique place to spend the night. They have cooking facilities and breakfast included. Just don’t expect luxury!

Pioneer Lodge

Note: If you’re pressed for time, you can drive directly from The Bay Of Fires to Launceston (2 hours and 50 minutes). 

Overnight: Pioneer 

DAY 7: LAUNCESTON via DERBY

After breakfast head for the small town of Derby which is close by. Derby is famous for its Blue Derby Mountain Bike trails with more than 100km of trails to chose from.

Mountain Biking in Derby

You can rent the bikes from Vertigo MTB in the centre of town and spend as little or as long on the mountain as you wish for $59 AUD. I, unfortunately, had a big fall within the first 15 minutes and opted out for the rest of the morning but Jacob enjoyed over 40km’s worth, accident-free.

Mountain Bike Accident

If mountain biking isn’t your thing (I don’t blame you), you can choose a more appropriate activity like wine tasting at Piper Brooks or Jansz Winery , take a walk along the beach at Bridport or d uring the summer season (January being the best) make a worthy pit stop at Bridestowe Lavender Estate  and marvel at the never-ending rows of bright purple lavender fields. Don’t forget to try the lavender flavoured ice cream! Launceston can be reached within 45 minutes from here.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate by Georgie Sharp

Photo Credit: Georgie Sharp.

Overnight: Launceston 

  • Budget: Pod Inn
  • Midrange: Two up on York
  • Luxury: Peppers Silo

Top Tours in Launceston

Day 8: tamar valley.

Moore Hill Estate

There’s always more room for wine and the Tamar Valley is one of the most popular of the wine routes in Tasmania. You can jump on a tour from Launceston or head out on your own and stop in as many or as little as you like. Our top picks were Velo , Wines for Joanie , Moore Hill Estate , and a family-owned vineyard,  Iron Pot Bay Vineyard . Is there such a thing as too much cheese and wine in a day? I don’t think so.

Low Head Lighthouse

If the weather calls for it, take a drive to Batman’s Bridge and Low Head Lighthouse for a relaxing afternoon.

Top Tip: On the 4th Sunday of every month between November and April, Moore Hill Estate holds “Sparkling Seafood Sundays” which includes fresh seafood dishes along side delicious wines. You don’t need to purchase tickets, just make a reservation and show up hungry and thirsty!

Overnight: Launceston

DAY 9: LAUNCESTON

Today we spent the day exploring the city of Launceston ! A vibrant hub for food, wine and culture. Make a reservation for breakfast at   Stillwater Cafe , a restored 1830s flour mill on the Tamar River.  The green and red bowls were both delicious!

Stillwater Cafe

Just outside Stillwater Cafe, you’ll find the beginning of the Cataract Gorge . A beautiful gorge super close to the city centre. The gorge is the perfect place for a long walk or run, a place to relax or in the warmer months, a swim in either the gorge or it’s very own pool. For those more prone to hiking, head out on the Zig Zag Track.

Cataract Gorge

The rest of the day could be spent shopping in the CBD , taking a tour of the James Boag Brewery , relaxing in City Park , visiting the Automotive Museum, taking in the art at The Queen Victoria Museum and MOST importantly, making room for all the food from one of the many high-quality restaurants including dessert at Charlie’s Dessert Bar . Drool. Here are some top recommendations for restaurants. 

City Park

It would take up half the post if we listed every single winery in Tasmania but there are two more worth mentioning a short drive from the city so if you have the time, check them out! Joseph Cromey Wines  (shown below) and Leaning Church Vineyard were two standouts for us. Have a beautiful sit-down lunch at the award-winning restaurant in Joseph Cromey or devour a kick-ass cheese plate alongside your favourite glass of wine. Mmm wine and cheese.

Joseph Cromy Vineyard

Overnight: Launceston (or Mole Creek to break up the drive tomorrow)

DAY 10: CRADLE MOUNTAIN & MOLE CREEK

Prepare yourself for a whole day out! This was one of our biggest days.

Cradle Mountain

Drive from Launceston towards Cradle Mountain but first, take the edge off with breakfast at The Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (40 minutes from Launceston). They have a huge selection of delicious meals with fresh raspberries galore! Jump back on the road and carry on to the Mole Creek Caves .

Marakoopa Caves

There are 2 caves to see, The Marakoopa Caves which is home to the largest concentration of glow worms in the country and The King Solomon Caves which are the dry caves. You can’t access the caves without being on a tour. Marakoopa tours leave on the hour starting at 10:00 am and King Solomon at 10:30 am. Entry ( + tour) is $19 AUD. It’s 9 degrees in the caves so bring a jacket.

Cradle Mountain

The drive to Cradle Mountain is a further 1.5 hours (or just under). Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s famous attractions. Shuttle buses leave from the visitor centre and drop hikers to designated spots throughout the park. There is a range of walks to do from easy to challenging with the most popular hike being around Dove Lake . This can be completed in 2-3 hours and is easy to moderate.

From October-May, keen hikers can tackle “The Overland Track”. A 6-day hike  covering 82km. You have to carry everything with you (food, water, tents, clothes). The weather can change rapidly in Cradle Mountain and it is not recommended for anyone without a high level of fitness and/or experience.

Cradle Mountain

Before you reach Launceston, we’d suggest stopping into Ashgrove Cheese Factory to sample 6 -7 different kinds of cheese and then onwards to Van Diemen’s Land Creamery and end the day with 2 scoops (or more) of ice cream! It’s a 40-minute drive back to Launceston from here.

Van Diemen's Land Creamery

Top Tours at Cradle Mountain

Accommodation in cradle mountain.

If you have the time, break up your trip with a night or two at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge  or Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. The views from the surrounding Tasmanian wilderness aren’t to be missed! 

But WAIT there’s more…

There’s never enough time for everything but had we have had more time, these are some other notable places worth visiting.

Tasmania's Coast

1. Bruny Island (South-East Coast) : 

Take a day trip via ferry (with your car) from Hobart or better yet, stay overnight at one of the many accommodation choices.  Explore the island by foot, bicycle or car. Bruny Island offers beautiful scenery, crystal clear waters and small beaches as well as a chance to enjoy Tasmania’s finest cheeses at the Bruny Island Cheese Company . Ferries leave from Kettering, 40 minutes south of Hobart and you can find the schedule here . Note: Some car companies don’t allow you to take the car here so be sure to check the fine print on your rental. 

2. Maria Island (East Coast) : 

A 30-minute ferry from Triabunna will bring you to Maria Island. An island with convict heritage, rare wildlife, great walks and stunning scenery. There are no vehicles allowed on this island making it a very special place to enjoy without any of the chaos. There is some accommodation available  but don’t expect 5 stars. You can find the schedule and fares for the ferry here . Note: You will need to bring your own food and water. There are no shops on this island and it is recommended to pre-buy your ferry tickets. 

3. Strahan (West Coast) :

A small town on the west coast of Hobart tucked between Macquarie Harbour and the rainforest. During the winter it can be a very sleepy fishing village but in the summer months, it comes alive with hoards of tourists. Be sure to take a sunset stroll down Ocean Beach, Tasmania’s longest beach (30km!), a cruise down The Gordon River and enjoy the Tasmanian wilderness (an entirely different scene than the east coast).

Insider Tips for your Tasmanian Road Trip

Tasmanian Road Trip

  • If you’re looking for a phone carrier, opt for Telstra. We struggled to get service on Vodaphone through the towns and mountains.
  • Please watch out for the wildlife . There is a staggering 1/2 a million animals killed every year on the roads in Tasmania. You literally couldn’t go 1km without seeing a dead animal. It was really awful. Slow down, pay attention to the signs and if you hit an animal, call Bonorong Rescue Centre, Tasmania’s only 24-hour wildlife rescue service.
  • It’s a real Aussie thing to eat a meat pie, but you’re in Tasmania so be sure to indulge in a Tasmanian Scallop Pie. They’re sold everywhere. 
  • Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a single person for hours at a time on the roads. Tasmania is SO quiet!
  • Try to aim for the weekend in Hobart, there’s a lot more going on and a lot of restaurants closed Monday/Tuesdays.
  • Visit Mt Wellington at sunrise.

Mount Wellington

  • Get yourself a National Park Pass for $60 if you plan to visit 2 national parks. This allows entry into all of the parks.
  • Those pesky parking ticket attenders scout the streets religiously for people overstaying their parking . Don’t presume it won’t happen to you.
  • Launceston’s premier event is Festivale , a 3-day event held in February each year. This festival offers you a chance to sample Tasmania’s best produce incl beer, wine, ciders, food, arts and entertainment.
  • Petrol stations can be few and far between on the longer roads so if you’re in doubt and you see one, fill ‘er up!
  • Some, but not all 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.

STRAYA’ MATE

Who knew kangaroos could lift cars?!

Australian Road Sign

Have you done a road trip to Tasmania before? Anything you’d like to add? We’d love to hear from you!

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14 Comments

Zac Smith

Thanks for the great blog. My wife and I set off on the Spirit of TAS on the 20th March for 2 weeks in our Troop carrier. We look forward to checking out what the island state has to offer. Looks like you two had fun!

Jacob & Emily Cass

You’re welcome Zac, enjoy your time there. And yup, lots of fun!

Helen Krog

Love your itinerary. Looking forward to our December trip. Will keep your itinerary in hand.

Emily Cass

Glad to hear Helen! Enjoy 🙂

joyce

question ; How do we return to Hobart at the end of the road trip, do we drive back the same route and if so is the time on the road included in the ultimate itinerary?

You can either go the same way you came or a different way which is more direct through the centre which will take around 2 hours or so.

Karen

Great article guys and love the photo gallery. We took a similar itinerary but included the loop from Hobart around to Cradle Mountain. Added a lot more driving but some beautiful stops along the way such as Russell Falls and Lake St Clair.

Such a nice trip isn’t it! I wish we had longer!

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Tasmania’s best 7-day road trip itinerary

Katie Carlin

Head of Content

17 November 2023

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Discover majestic waterfalls, hike around glacial lakes, indulge in gourmet food and wine on an epic road trip around Australia’s island state.

The Apple Isle may appear small by comparison to the rest of Australia but it will take you longer than a week to explore all Tasmania has to offer. We’ve condensed the best parts into a 7-day road trip itinerary that will leave you longing to come back.

DAY ONE: LAUNCESTON

Our 7-day journey begins and ends in the riverside city of Launceston . As one of Australia’s oldest cities, you’ll find Colonial and Victorian-era charm aplenty, in addition to first-class restaurants and popular cafes , picturesque hiking trails and waterfalls . Oh, and the vineyards of Tamar Valley are a 25-minute drive from the city centre.

 George Street, Launceston

Looking down George Street, Launceston. (Photo: Lusy Productions)

You’ll have an extra day to explore Launceston at the end of the journey, so don’t try to squash all the best bits into 24 hours.

Cataract Gorge

For your first taste of Tasmania’s panoramic beauty make your way to Cataract Gorge . There are four walking trails to choose from which range in length from one-kilometre to 3.4 kilometres. Refuel at the Gorge Restaurant or Basin Café, take a dip in the swimming pool if you’re visiting in the warmer months  – and don’t leave without crossing the famous suspension bridge.

Cataract Gorge

Take a dip at Cataract Gorge. (Image: Jarrad Seng)

Charlie’s Dessert House

Treat yourself to an afternoon sugar-hit at Charlie’s Dessert House. Choose from a wide selection of cakes, cookies, brownie pans, waffles and fondue to share. You can also order from the vegan smoothie menu if you’re that way inclined. Our favourite? The oversized warm cookie – just bring friends as it feeds 4-6 people!

Check in to Stillwater SEVEN for a night in one of their luxurious waterfront rooms on the site of a former 1830s flour mill. Dine on-site at Stillwater – one of Launceston’s most celebrated restaurants.

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Check in to Stillwater Seven. (Image: Anjie Blair)

DAY TWO: LAUNCESTON TO SHEFFIELD

Rise early to get the most out of the day as there will be plenty of stops to make along the way to the mural town of Sheffield – a great spot to base yourself to explore Cradle Mountain.

About 40 minutes into your journey you’ll want to make a stop at Deloraine. The town might be small – with a population of only 2000 – but it is big on character and stands in the shadow of the Great Western Tiers. The historic streets are lined with charming Georgian and Victorian era buildings, cafes, bakeries and art and craft stores. If you’re planning a trip in November line it up with the arrival of Australia’s biggest craft fair.

Melita Honey Farm

Sneak in a quick trip to Melita Honey Farm  (17 minutes away) to purchase Tasmania’s famous Leatherwood honey, and taste many other varieties while you’re there.  Purchase beeswax goods, nougat and see the bees hard at work.

Liffey Falls

Take a 35-minute detour to nearby Liffey Falls  (note they are in the opposite direction so you’ll have to backtrack). The four waterfalls are easily reached by two walking tracks that are accessed from separate car parks. A good downpour of rain in the days before your arrival will guarantee the falls are at their most impressive.

Liffey Falls

Take a 35-minute detour to nearby Liffey Falls.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Head back towards the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm , a short 11-minute drive from Deloraine, for a walk around the farm and brunch at the Raspberry Farm Café. Don’t forget to pick up some raspberry and chocolate treats on your way out.

Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm

Continue your drive for a further 7 minutes and you’ll hit Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm . Have your esky handy and stock up on some of Australia’s best cheese – the perfect accompaniment to all the wine you’ll be enjoying in the near future. You’ll also find the creamiest ice cream you’ll ever taste, freshly bottled milk, cream and butter.

tasmania road trip itinerary

Stock up on some of Australia’s best cheese at Ashgrove.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Drive an hour and a half to spend the afternoon at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and walk the easy two-hour loop around Dove Lake (or try one of the many other walks in Cradle Mountain ). As you traverse the 5.7-kilometre trail below the craggy spires of Cradle Mountain you’ll come across the impressive Glacier Rock, the moss-covered Ballroom Forest and the dilapidated 1940s-built Boatshed.

The lake is located just over an hour from Sheffield. Keep in mind you’ll have to pay a park access fee, but that also includes the Dove Lake Shuttle Bus which regularly departs the visitor centre for the lake. Just remember to take note of the last shuttle back to the car park so you don’t get stranded.

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain (Photo: Emilie Ristevski)

After an action-packed day, you’ll be looking forward to bed. Spend a night in a traditional B&B in Sheffield at the charming Acacia Bed & Breakfast. If you want to stay closer, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best Cradle Mountain accommodation. There are also a number of good restaurants to try if you do.

DAY THREE: SHEFFIELD TO HOBART

Sheffield’s mural trail should be first up on the agenda today. For more information, stop in at the Visitor’s Centre or follow the map here. Before you head south, read up on the other top things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Explore Sheffield’s street art mural trail

Explore Sheffield’s street art mural trail.

Lake St Clair

Take the Great Lake and Central Plateau route through Deloraine towards Hobart, but take a detour west until you hit Lake St Clair – it will take you about two and half hours. Stretch your legs and make time to sit on the rocks by the edge, watching the clouds roll past in the crystal-clear reflection of the lake.

There are a number of walking trails nearby, but we’d recommend taking the Platypus Bay Track. It’s an easy five-kilometre walk, but if you’re short on time just walk the first 1.5 kilometres until you hit the platypus lookout hide (after crossing the Watersmeet Bridge and bearing right towards the lake). Sit on the shoreline and keep very quiet for your chance to spot the shy platypus at play in the lake (note: the best time to see them is at dusk). If you’re able to extend your trip we’d highly recommend booking a night at Pumphouse Point.

Russell Falls

Drive just under two hours and you’ll reach Russell Falls for one of the prettiest natural sights in Tasmania. It’s a 20-minute return walk, making this a quick but worthwhile pit stop before continuing on for the final one-hour leg of your journey to Hobart.

Russell Falls

Russell Falls is one of the prettiest natural sights in Tasmania

Spend the next two nights in Hobart at Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse. The boutique hostel in Battery Point offers chic accommodation on a budget (and feels nothing like a hostel!). It is also within walking distance of Salamanca Square. If you’re after a drink and a tasty meal before you call it a night, head around the corner to Preachers. Alternatively, check out some of the other top places to stay in Hobart to choose your own.

DAY FOUR: HOBART

Head down to Salamanca Square for breakfast at Machine Laundry Café – a retro-style cafe operating alongside a coin laundromat and serving up an American-diner-style menu. It is one of a handful of must-try cafes in Hobart.

Misty Salamanca Square in the morning

Misty Salamanca Square in the morning

Take the 25-minute ferry from Hobart to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to experience the confronting and macabre art inside Australia’s most envelope-pushing museum. Note the museum is open Wednesday to Monday 10am to 6pm.

kunanyi/Mount Wellington

Before you start your journey up kunanyi/Mount Wellington make sure to get your coffee fix at Lost Freight – a cafe in a shipping container.  They also have a selection of savoury and sweet eats if you’re feeling like a light lunch. It is an easy – if admittedly slightly scary – drive to the top (just don’t look over the edge as you wind your way up), alternatively you can hike to the top for the best view in Hobart. Prepare to be surprised by the terrain – and wind!

Views from Mount Wellington

Views from kunanyi/ Mount Wellington. (Image: Luke Tscharke)

Battery Point

One of Hobart’s prettiest neighbourhoods, Battery Point, is full of charming streets, boutique shopping, restaurants and bars to explore. See if you can find the Pink House – one of the city’s most Instagrammed locations – and make your way to the heritage renowned Arthurs Circus – just be sure not to disturb the locals as you admire the small community park and playground.

There is really no end to incredible things to do in Hobart , but if you’re arriving on a Saturday you can’t go past a visit to Salamanca Market  for all the best produce and gourmet treats your heart could desire.

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Salamanca Market is Tasmania’s most visited attraction.

DAY FIVE: HOBART TO COLES BAY

Hit the road early to take in the abundance of towns and sites worth a detour on the way to Coles Bay. This route will take you the long way round to stop in at some of Tasmania’s charming midland towns, including Richmond, Oatlands and Ross before reaching the coastal town of Coles Bay on the outskirts of Freycinet National Park.

Sullivan’s Cove Distillery

A short 15-minute drive outside of Hobart is Sullivan’s Cove Distillery . They open at 10am – which may be a little early for a tasting but it is worth stopping in for a bottle of craft whiskey and a tour.

Wicked Cheese Company

Continue on to Richmond, a further 15 minutes down the road and stop in at The Wicked Cheese Company’s factory outlet for some divine sampling plates and pick up supplies to enjoy by the fire later on tonight – at factory prices.

Wicked Cheese Company

Stop in at The Wicked Cheese Company’s factory outlet.

It may be small but Oatlands has the largest number of colonial sandstone buildings – over 150 – in Australia, most of which were built by convicts in the early 1800’s. Only a 40-minute drive from your last pit stop, it’s the perfect place for a history lesson on Tasmania’s convicts, outlaw bushrangers and farmers. Don’t miss The Callington Mill (built in 1837), the old goal and the quaint 1850’s-built Oatlands Uniting Church.

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Oatlands is small but mighty. (Image: Brian Dullaghan)

One of the prettiest villages in midland Tasmania is Ross, located 25 minutes from Oatlands. Walk across the sandstone-carved Ross Bridge, which was completed in 1836, and look back on the village to admire the steeple of the Roman Catholic Church in the background. There are over 40 historical sites in Ross, view the interactive map here and take your pick. We’d recommend stopping at Ross Bakery Inn  for one of the best custard tarts you will ever have, best enjoyed in the picnic area alongside the bridge.

 midland Tasmania Ross

One of the prettiest villages in midland Tasmania is Ross. (Image: Rob Burnett)

Devils Corner Cellar Door

An hour outside of Ross on route to Coles Bay lies Devils Corner Cellar Door . Stop here for a late lunch, and wine tasting and grab a couple of bottles of wine for the rest of your time in Tasmania.

Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk and Honeymoon Bay

At this stage in the journey you should make it to Freycinet National Park to enjoy the Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk before sunset. The 40-minute drive will take you past Coles Bay and into the heart of Freycinet. You’re likely to spot some friendly wallabies in the car park. Watch out for wildlife on the winding roads and stop in at Honeymoon Bay and sit on the rocks to watch the sun go down.

Honeymoon Bay

Stop in at Honeymoon Bay. (Image: Kathryn Leahy)

For a luxurious stay in a heritage cottage book a night at Wagner’s Cottages . Pick up some supplies for dinner and take advantage of the kitchen to spend a night in front of the fireplace. There are four self-contained stone cottages set on two acres of landscaped gardens – one dating back to 1860. A continental breakfast is provided, including fresh farm eggs and a home-baked sourdough loaf.

DAY SIX: COLES BAY TO LAUNCESTON

Today you’ll be venturing back to Launceston (two hours from Coles Bay) and continuing on to the Tamar Valley wine region – but not before starting the day at Wineglass Bay.

Wineglass Bay

Awake before dawn to arrive at Wineglass Bay for sunrise. You’ll be rewarded with the lookout all to yourself – or at most, a few other tourists keen to rise early and beat the crowds. Take the trail down to the beach if you can spare the time. Otherwise, sit and take in the views before embarking on the drive back to Launceston.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay beauty (Photo: Daniel Tran)

Tamar Valley wineries

Stop at Launceston for brunch before driving to the Tamar Valley for a day of cellar door wine tastings. While Tasmania is globally recognised as one single wine region, Tassie wine growers look to the diversity of grape-growing areas in the state and insist there are seven distinct regions to explore – Tamar Valley being one of them. You can use the Tamar Valley Wine Route  to plan which vineyards you’d like to visit but our top three include Josef Chromy, Janz and Tamar Ridge.

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Josef Chromy is the vineyard to beat. (Image: Jewels Lynch)

For alternative options, read our guide to the best things to do in Launceston.

DAY SEVEN: LAUNCESTON

Squeeze in one more morning of activities in Launceston before your return flight home.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Depending on the time of your visit you should take a drive to Bridestowe Lavender Estate to walk through the lavender fields (one of the most beautiful in Australia ). It is usually in bloom from December to early February and they are open daily from 9am to 5pm.

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Stroll through Bridestowe Lavender Estate (Photo: Luke Tscharke)

Evandale Sunday Markets

A short drive outside Launceston airport you’ll find Evandale. If you’re leaving on a Sunday the Evandale Markets  are the perfect last stop on your road trip itinerary. Bring along a gold coin donation for entry and purchase some sweet treats as souvenirs.

Katie Carlin heads up Australian Traveller Media's editorial and native content team. She has over a decade's worth of experience as a journalist and editor and is passionate about discovering hidden-gem destinations, trips that change you and the places you visit for the better, and writing stories that get you excited to see more of Australia and beyond.

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Just returned from a three week drive around Tasmania. Loved it. The north west is definitely worth a visit. Not to mention Bruny Island. Stunning destination.

The walk around the Dove lake is not that easy at all. One off the most beautifull things. Drive to Strahan and take a boat ride. Book in advance. Last 7 days is not long enough. Walter

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In A Faraway Land

Tasmania 10 Day Road Trip Itinerary for Photographers and Outdoor Lovers

Marta

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  • August 1, 2023

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I often heard Tasmania being described as the love child of Australia and  New Zealand .

Tasmania is a small island just south of the main island of Australia, known for its mountainous landscape, beautiful coastal region, and a vast variety of wildlife – with the Tasmanian devils and wombats being the most prominent of all.

Due to its compactness, it is one of the best places in Australia to plan a road trip.  Nowhere else in Australia will you experience so much beauty without having to drive for hundreds of kilometers per day. 

With endless hiking and photography possibilities, it’s a place you can’t miss when visiting or living in Australia. 

Tasmania 10-day itinerary: the logistics

I spent 5 months living and traveling around Tasmania and designed this itinerary based on my personal favorite places and hikes around the island. 

How much time do you need to see Tasmania?

I always think it’s a relative question. You can spend a lifetime exploring Tasmania and still not see everything but that would also mean you would have to move there.

If you want to get a good taste of Tassie and see most of its highlights, I personally think 10 days, +/- 2 days either way is an optimal time.

Remember that the slower you travel the lesser cost per day your vacation will have as you won’t be cramming too many activities and sights in a shorter amount of time. The best time to visit is between December and March during the summer. 

How to get to Tasmania

There are two ways of getting to Tasmania. One is to cross over on an overnight ferry from Melbourne and dock in Devonport on the north tip of the island.

Traveling by ferry from Melbourne to Devonport

The Spirit of Tasmania is the only company that operates on this route and offers passenger ferry rides across the Bass Strait.  

This choice is great for someone who already owns a car and wants to save money on renting one. You can just bring your camping equipment along and off you go. If camping isn’t for you and you prefer a bit more luxury just stay in a hotel.  

Flying to Hobart

If you don’t cope with traveling on ferries very well and get seasick, the second, faster, and most popular way is to fly into Hobart – Tassie’s little capital. Companies like Virgin Australia and Jetstar are leaders when it comes down to flight connections between Australia’s Mainland and Tasmania. 

How to get around Tasmania?

Rent a compact car with discover cars.

The best way to explore the little island is by self-driving. If you brought a car with you, you’re all set to go. If you need to rent one, check out   Discover Cars .  It’s my go-to website for the best deals on compact cars. 

Rent a campervan with Motorhome Republic

My preferred way for road-tripping is by traveling in a small camper van or motorhome, as it gives you a lot of freedom when it comes down to accommodation. Essentially your home is where you park it! If you are after renting one – check out the Motorhome Republic .

You will be able to compare the rental options and will be guaranteed the lowest prices. They’ve partnered up with 10 different fleets in Hobart including companies like Britz, Maui, and Apollo, which are the most reputable camper van companies and can be all found on their website by following the link above.

Parks & Wildlife Entry Pass

Since most of the island is a protected area, you will require Parks Pass to enter national parks in Tasmania. I can tell you straight away, that purchasing separate day passes is not worth it. For example, a day passes for Cradle Mountain National Park costs AUD 28 per person/day. If there are 2 of you that’s already 56 dollars. And that’s only for one day!

A way more economical option is to purchase 8 weeks pass for AUD 89.50, which will cover up to 8 people for all national parks on the whole island.

That’s way better value for money and it will save you time too as you will only have to purchase it once. You can get one at the Parks and Wildlife office located at the gates of any of the national parks or online through  Parks & Wildlife Service  prior to your travels. 

Tasmania Road Trip Map

Below you can see the interactive map for this road trip including interesting spots, hiking trails, and photography locations. Click on the button in the top left of the map to navigate through the layers.

10-day road trip itinerary around Tasmania: day-by-day breakdown

Mount Wellington, Tasmania

I spent 5 months working and traveling around Tasmania during my working holiday year in Australia and though I still didn’t manage to see everything I wanted to see, I certainly have been there longer than an average visitor.

Since photography and being outdoors are my two favorite things I wanted to put together an itinerary that will encompass both great places to photograph and the best places to hike in Tasmania. 

This road trip begins and finishes in Hobart*. You can just simply fly here from mainland Australia, and pick up your rental car right at the airport without having to spend money getting a taxi or shuttle bus into town.

You will then travel counterclockwise through some of the most scenic spots on the island including Freycinet, Cradle Mountain, and Mount Field National Parks, just to name a few. 

* TIP: If you came to Tasmania on a ferry you will start in Devonport. In this case, you can start your exploration in Cradle Mountain NP and follow the loop from there. 

Day 1-2: Hobart and the surroundings

Mount Wellington, Tasmania

Hobart is a brilliant capital city, very old by Australian standards but still modern enough to have everything you’ll ever need. A city is still a city however and chances are you came to Tasmania to do an adventure road trip and to get some fresh air in your lungs.

After all, you did search for the Tasmania road trip, didn’t you? If you do have to spend a day here exploring though here are a few things to get you started.

Things to do in Hobart, Tasmania

Go up mount wellington and walk the rivulet track.

Mount Wellington is about a half an hour’s drive (20km) to the west of the city. At 1,269m above Hobart, which is at sea level, it’s pretty inconspicuous and it’ll probably be the first thing you notice when flying or driving into Hobart.

It’s quite common to have an inversion day when on the top of Mount Wellington. With clouds rolling just below the peak, the tour up Mount Wellington is the perfect introduction to Tasmania’s landscapes. 

You can visit Mount Wellington by booking the Explorer bus.

Salamanca Market / Farmers Market

If you’re lucky enough to be in Hobart for the weekend, every Saturday the Salamanca market turns into a busy jamboree with loads of food stalls, live music, and people trying to sell all kinds of odds and sods.

Sunday is the Farmers Market which is way less touristy than Salamanca and a great chance to pick up super fresh fruit and veggies for your journey.

Best places to stay in Hobart

Pickled Frog Hostel

If you are a solo traveler, it will be a great place to kick off your road trip and meet fellow backpackers.

Alabama Hotel

Merge of old and new. Fantastic design at an affordable price. 

Salamanca Inn

One of the top picks in Hobart. Located in the best part of the city and a short walk from all the attractions.

Day 2-3: Tasman National Park

Tessellated Pavement, Tasmania

After you’ve enjoyed Hobart’s great seafood and local delicacies start your road trip by heading east. The drive to the Tasman Peninsula should take you about an hour and a half of continuous driving.

Continuous driving however is not going to happen. You should stop at the beautiful geological attractions at Eaglehawk Neck. The Tessellated Pavement (photo above) is my favorite spot, especially for sunrise as it looks East.

Things to do in Tasman National Park

Tasman National Park, Tasmania

Once you’re on the peninsula there are several hikes in the area that are popular. These are my favorite two:

A beautiful hike in the southwest of the peninsula. The 14km 5-hour return walk gives you a chance to see Ship Sterns Bluff from the first lookout. 

Situated on the eastern side of the peninsula. The undulating 8km and 4-hour return track gives spectacular cliff views. If you’re a rock climbing daredevil this is also where the world-famous Totem Pole is.

Join a wildlife cruise

Cruise along the coastline which is part of the Tasman National Park. On this wildlife cruise, you will discover the home of a diverse range of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, and abundant sea birds in their thousands.

Visit Port Arthur’s UNESCO Historic Site

Port Arthur’s historic site was basically an old prison from the mid-1800s where all the murderers and rapists from England were sent to. It’s a creepy place where a lot of people were tortured and lost their lives. If you are not easily scared consider joining the night tour around the prison.

Places to stay in Tasman National Park

Port Arthur Holiday Park

Water views, free WiFi, and fantastic reviews all without breaking your wallet

Four Seasons Holiday Cottages   

10 min drive from Port Arthur. Idyllic waterfront location with gardens and BBQ facilities. 

Luxury  

Stewarts Bay Lodge

It offers a private beach area, a waterfront restaurant, and accommodations surrounded by natural bushes.

Day 3-4: Freycinet National Park

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Driving for 3 hours (200km) up the eastern coast, you’ll love the views on your right-hand side. Eventually, you’ll make a right at Swansea toward Coles Bay which is the closest place you can drive to on the Freycinet Peninsula.

The Freycinet peninsula is one of the most stunning pieces of land in all of Australia and it’s also one of the oldest national parks too. 

Things to do in Freycinet National Park

Hike to the top of mount amos (photo above).

The famous viewpoint here of Wineglass Bay can be seen best from the top of Mount Amos which is a relatively steep, 3 hours uphill, 4km return walk.

Be warned this should not be attempted in wet conditions as the rocks become very slippery. If the weather isn’t in your favor do the less extreme walk to the viewpoint overlooking the bay. For trail conditions and maps visit the visitor center located right at the park entrance. 

Photograph the Hazards

If you love to photograph seascapes this spot is for you. The hazards are a mountain range in Freycinet National Park separating Coles Bay from Wineglass Bay. Mount Amos is amongst the peaks in the range.

The best spot to snap a photo of them is at the opposite end of the bay, looking just across toward the range. Both sunset and sunrise will work. 

The Hazards, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Take a scenic flight above Wineglass Bay and Maria Island

Admire the white sands of Wineglass Bay from the air by joining a scenic flight. Venturing from the Freycinet Peninsula, the journey will take you over the seal colony of Ile Des Phoques before progressing to Maria Island.

Once on the island, you will embark on an exploration of the national park. Plenty of native wildlife species call Maria Island their home.

Places to stay in Freycinet NP

Big4 lluka on Freycinet

Free parking and close proximity to Wineglass Beach. Free Wifi provided.

Malting Lagoon Guest House

the best value-rated property in Coles Bay. Includes breakfast and free bicycle rental.

Freycinet Lodge 

Cabins with spectacular views over Coles Bay with a restaurant serving fresh local produce. 

Day 4-5: Bay of Fires

Once you’ve enjoyed Freycinet then it’s time to keep driving up the east coast to the Bay of Fires. Don’t worry it’s not really on fire, most of the forest fires in Tasmania normally occur in the northwest.

It’s named the Bay of Fires due to the orange rocks which stand out so prominently against the white sand beaches and the crystal clear water.  

Tassie’s Bay of Fires is another of Australia’s pristine locations. Its relaxed atmosphere is perfect for unwinding, hanging out, having a BBQ, and then enjoying a cold beer with a fire on the beach whilst watching the sunset.  

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Things to do in the Bay of Fires

Visit binalong bay.

Sit on your butt down and enjoy the beach at Binalong Bay located at the southern tip of the Bay of Fires. The sand here is so fine it will squick under your feet as you walk along the shore.

This is a perfect place to take a break from hiking, sip a few cocktails on the beach and enjoy the sea breeze. You’ve got some hiking coming up at your next destination, hence you should probably be well-rested. 

Photograph the rocks

If you are the type that simply can’t sit still you should drive along the Bay and search for some awesome photography spots. The rock formations and the bright orange colors make for some awesome compositions. Since you are facing east sunrise is the best time for capturing memorable shots. 

Where to stay around the Bay of Fires

Big4 St Helens Holiday Park 

great value if you are traveling with a family or group of friends.

Midrange/Luxury

Bed in the Treetops B&B

Imagine waking up amongst the treetops to the sound of chirping birds and the sea waves. It sells quickly so make sure to book quickly.

Day 5-7: Cradle Mountain National Park through Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Fields, Tasmania

Now that you’re all relaxed it’s time to go to the Tasmanian Highlands and get your hike on. Cradle Mountain National Park is my favorite place in Tassie and if there is one place you should stop longer than one night this is it!

I worked just at the border of this National Park for a total of 4 months and still didn’t get my fill.

If you are traveling during December/January make sure to stop at the  Bridestowe Lavender Farm  first. It’s 120 kilometers from St Helens in the Bay of Fires. The entry fee is just 10 dollars and you can admire the purple fields, which seem to have no end. Make sure to try their lavender ice cream or tea as well!

After getting your dose of the lavender smell, drive to Launceston to stock up on food before going to Cradle Mountain. You can thank me later!

There are no supermarkets in Cradle Mountain village, just a little and very overpriced convenience store, a visitor center, a gift shop, and 4 hotels, so replenishing your food in a bigger city, like Launceston, might be a good idea.  

Best hikes and places to photograph in Cradle Mountain NP

Hiking in Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

In Cradle Mountain National Park hiking and photography go hand in hand, so if you are after some awesome shots from your travels be prepared to break a sweat.

The trails in the park are very well-maintained and marked. Please note that there are a few spots where the chains have been placed and where you will have to scramble a bit. Most walks start from Dove Lake car park. 

Marion’s Lookout 

After the Dove Lake Circuit, this is the most popular hike in the park, and for a good reason. There are two ways you can get there. The first one is from the Ronny Creek parking lot via Crater Falls, this is also where the famous Overland Track starts.

The second path leads from the Dove Lake car park and takes you via Wombat Pool. If you do the hike in the late afternoon it’s pretty common to meet wombats on the trail, this is the reason it’s so popular.

There is also a third alternative route to Marion’s lookout (called the link track), though shorter in distance it is a lot steeper and best to avoid, especially during bad weather conditions. Whichever way you choose account for at least 2-3 hours roundtrip.

Cradle Mountain Summit

Although it is Tasmania’s fifth highest peak, if you are relatively fit like me, summiting Cradle Mountain isn’t too strenuous. The walk starts from the main car park at the northern end of Dove Lake. The most popular route which goes around the Wombat Pool ascends firstly to Marion’s Lookout. 

From there to the base of the mountain is flat and easy and shouldn’t take you long.  The last hour is the hard part, climbing over big, but easily manageable, boulders. You can make a lunch stop at the Kitchen Hut to recharge your batteries before the last push.

Do yourself a favor and leave your heavy bag there whilst getting up to the summit. Remember to still carry your water though. Parks Tasmania reckons that it should take around 6-8 hours to return but I’ve done it in 5 and I’m not exactly a quick walker. So I reckon if you’re fit you can get up and down in 4/5 hours from the Dove Lake car park.

Dove Lake Circuit 

If you are after something less demanding on your knees this one is for you. The circuit is a great introductory walk to the park. The trailhead leaves again from the Dove Lake car park.

Though Parks & Wildlife Tasmania recommends doing it clockwise, my advice would be to go anticlockwise. It will be a bit easier that way. Your first stop will be the famous Boatshed where photographers from all over the world swarm to capture this famous scene. 

Boat Shed by the Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Hansons   Peak

A lot less popular, which boggles me a lot, is the hike to Hanson’s Peak. With that said it is definitely my all-time favorite and I’ve done it a few times. It’s a perfect spot to see the sunset and has a good view of the Weindorfers Tower and Cradle Mountain Summit.

Again the trailhead is at the Dove Lake car park. Head left along the lake first following clockwise the Dove Lake Circuit. After around 20 minutes the track will split into two.

Follow the left side (Lake Rodway Track) and start going up. After another 45m-1h and a bit of scrambling on the last part, you will reach the top and the spectacular views that go with it! (See below)

Hansons Peak

Mount Campbell 

This is an unofficial track and no longer maintained but I thought I will include it anyway. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous and prefer off-the-beaten-path hikes, then completing this one should be your top priority when visiting Cradle Mountain NP.

The hike to Mount Campbell starts the same way as Hanson’s Peak. Once you reach the saddle you will see Lake Hanson to the left and Dove Lake to the right. Instead of following the path to Hanson’s Peak, turn around and start going up the opposite direction, with your back facing Cradle Mountain.

After around 45 minutes of scrambling you will reach the top. This was by far my favorite sunrise spot in the whole park! (photo below)

Mount Campbell, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Bonus: Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary

Right near the entry to the Cradle Mountain National Park, you will find Devils @ Cradle – a Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary. This endangered species is native to Tasmania and until recently it could only be seen on the island. In recent years a small population was introduced to mainland Australia in the hopes of saving the species.

You can stroll leisurely through the sanctuary, observing the animals in their natural daytime routines. Witness them sleeping in their cozy dens, basking in the sun, engaging in playful fights, or foraging for food.

Best places to stay in Cradle Mountain National Park

Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain  

Holiday cabins with cooking facilities, dorms, tent sites, and powered sites for your campervan

Cradle Mountain Hotel   

affordable luxury with two restaurants and a beautiful photo gallery 

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge  

selection of wood cabins surrounded by the Tasmanian Wilderness equipped with either gas or wood fire

Day 7-8: Mount Field National Park

It’s time to see some waterfalls! The drive out of Cradle Mountain towards Mount Field National Park is a long one but can be broken up by stopping at Nelson Falls (photo below) just 700 meters from the A10. This part of the drive through the native rainforest passes many photogenic roadside lakes.

Montezuma Falls would be another interesting walk to do, but it’s a bit longer (8km). I personally didn’t find the waterfalls as spectacular as the other ones you are about to see but the choice is ultimately yours. 

Nelson Falls, Tasmania

Upon arriving in Mount Field National Park you’ll notice there’s nothing there except a visitor center and a campsite. The newly refurbished visitor center is packed with information about the local flora and fauna and deep down I’m glad there are no shops and hotels there. It adds to the whole scenic experience.

There are many beautiful photography spots here in Mount Field but the two listed below are my favorites.

Russel Falls

These are one of the most easily accessible falls in all of Tasmania, they are also one of the most awe-inspiring too. The short 400m track leads to a huge two-tiered waterfall that appears out of nowhere. You’ll definitely hear it before you see it.

Russel Falls, Tasmania

Horseshoe Falls

A further 10 minutes past Russell Falls will take you to the more secluded Horseshoe Falls. The whole walk can be made into a loop via the Tall Trees Walk.

Horseshoe Falls Tasmania

Places to stay in Mount Field NP

Campsite inside the park. Basic amenities but an incredible experience. You can pay for the site at the visitor center. 

Roslyn House B&B  

Rustic country decor and antique furniture.  It includes a fully-cooked breakfast, a guest lounge with a log fire, and free WiFi access.

Midrange/Luxury  

Sassafras Springs  

20 min away from Mount Field NP and on the way back to Hobart. Breathe the fresh country air, drink the fresh spring water, and eat the fresh seasonal fruit and veg from this eco-friendly hotel in the Derwent Valley

Day 8-9: Bruny Island

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This leg of the agenda will take you south away from rainforests and toward the southern coast of Tasmania. The ferry to Bruny Island leaves from a small town called Kettering and costs 38$ in return during peak season. Timetables for the ferry can be found here, and the journey lasts approximately twenty minutes.

Bruny Island is basically two islands connected by a small stretch of road called The Neck, which happens to be one of my favorite photography spots in Tassie. This is a great part of the road trip.

Bruny Island is a place of sheer indulgence, you’ll love it. Once you find yourself on the island you’ll get the chance to eat local cheeses, meats, whiskeys, seafood, wines, beers, berries, and much more. You won’t need to look far to find such frivolities, most of them are located just off the main road.

TIP: Another possibility to visit Bruny Island is to travel back to Hobart, drop off your rental car, and join an organized day trip.

Best hikes on Bruny Island

Fluted cape track.

This 2.5-hour hike (5.4km) leaves from the beach at adventure bay on the southern part of Bruny Island. It winds up the cliffs and offers spectacular views of local fauna and flora.

Cape Queen  Elizabeth

This is longer than the fluted cape track but is quite flat in comparison. It’s a 12km route, going in and out on the same track, and it should take 4 hours. You’ll get spectacular views of cliffs but instead of being on top of them as on the Fluted Cape track you’ll be on the beach looking up at them.

Places to stay on Bruny Island

The Campsite at the neck

There is no booking system for it. It’s on a first come first serve basis. With basic and clean facilities it’s perfect for budget travelers. 

Budget/Midrange

Captain Cook Holiday Park 

This park is directly opposite the beach with its white sand and sky-blue sea and it isn’t uncommon to see pods of dolphins and migrating whales in the Bay.   

Adventure Bay Retreat  

Just a minute’s walk from a beautiful white sand beach and set in the native bushland. 

Day 10: Fly out of Hobart

Unfortunately, your time in Tasmania is coming to an end. Take the ferry back and travel to Hobart to drop off your rental and catch a flight to the mainland.

This tour can be adapted into a week by taking out a few days on the Tasman Peninsula and Cradle Mountain or can be extended into a two-week itinerary by adding extra days in Strahan and doing side trips to either the Hartz Mountains just south of Hobart or to Mount Eliza in Southwest National Park. 

If you found this itinerary useful please use the affiliate links I have provided in the itinerary. It won’t cost you anything extra (in fact it’ll actually save you money) and every time you make a purchase I make a small commission on the products and places I recommend. It also helps me to maintain my website and create more awesome itineraries like this one! Thanks. 

Have you got any questions about this itinerary? Post them in the comments! I always answer. 

Useful websites and apps for planning your trip around Tasmania

  • Booking.com  – for booking hostels and hotels around the island
  • Discover Cars – for finding the best deal on compact car rentals in Tasmania
  • Motorhome Republic  – search engine for motorhome hire in Tasmania
  • Parks & Wildlife Services  – the official website for National Parks Services in Tasmania. Includes information about hikes, maps, and current trail conditions. 
  • Wikicamps Australia  – fantastic smartphone app for finding campsites and roadside stops for all of Australia. It will pay for itself after its first use. 

Marta

Hi! I am the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

Hi Marta! This blog post is so excellent and EXACTLY the kind of trip planning I’ve been searching for. I don’t have any questions, I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a thoughtful route with so many excellent options. I’m both a photographer and hiker, and cannot wait to plan a trip like this to Tasmania, hopefully soon!

Hi Hannah. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. I hope you have an amazing time in Tasmania when you decide to visit!

Hi Marta, super blog and info thank you. How is mud Sept for being in a camper van? Family with 2 kids (11&13). Like our remote beautiful and unique places to stay but also like a bit of comfort too! 10 days in and out of Launceston. Much appreciated, Lorraine

Hi Lorraine. September is officially spring time in Tasmania, but it is early spring. You can expect some low temperatures at night still so getting a campervan with a heater to deal with the cold and condensation would be ideal. I hope that helps!

Hi Marta, just wondering if this itinerary is solo traveller friendly? thank you.

Hi April. Absolutely, but if you travel solo then you have to take some precautions, particularly if you plan on hiking. Always let someone know your plan, where you are heading and when do you plan on being back. Mountains can be treacherous any everyone should exercise caution when hiking.

Your itenary looks amazing! I will go to Tasmania with 2 friends in February.

Unfortunately we only have 5 full days in Tasmania. We fly to Hobart on Monday evening and fly from Launceston to Sydney on Sunday evening (so 6 nights). Which itenary would you recommend to us in which we will definitely do/see all the highlights of Tasmania? We love hiking. I would like to include Brunny Island, but perhaps as a day trip (without an overnight stay), but I don’t know where it is best planned. We would also like to visit Bay of Fires to relax on the beach for an afternoon/evening. Thank you very much in advance for all the tips! Greetings

Hi Joni. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely feedback. It would be best if you visit Bruny Island first. There are organized day trips with transfers from Hobart. I would then head to Tasman Park, and Cradle Mountain. So 1 night Bruny, 1 night Tasman, 2 nights in Freycinet (or 1 night Freycinet, 1 night Bay of Fires) then 2 nights Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain is not too far from Launceston so you can get back for your flight in no time. I hope that helps! 🙂

Hi Marta! I wanted to drop a comment and let you know how amazing your Tasmania itinerary appears! The mix of destinations and activities you’ve chosen showcases the stunning beauty of the region. I’m particularly intrigued by the diverse experiences you’ve included, from exploring Cradle Mountain to savoring local delicacies in Hobart.

I was wondering, though, how accessible would this trip be for someone who can’t go on hikes? It would be great to know if there are alternative options or recommendations for those who might have mobility limitations. Thanks for sharing your exciting plans!

Hi Mayur. Thanks for your great feedback. You will have no problem following this itinerary but you would have to redesign it a bit. Maybe cut some days out in Cradle Mountain in favour for Coles Bay or Hobart. But even Cradle Mountains is accessible to people with mobility issues as buses and cars can get all the way to Dove lake.

Awesome! very attractive photo and detail itinerary, appreciate it!

I plan to visit Tasmania March 2023! one question: about every location you mentioned, with hiking, is it a “round trip” that I can return to the starting point, that I left my car there?

Thanks in advance for your reply 🙂

Hi Vincent! Thanks for visiting and for your great feedback. Yes, all hikes take you back to where you started. They are either out and back the same way or they go in a circle. Let me know if I can help further!

Thank you for the info! It looks absolutely EPIC! Would you recommend this itinerary for the winter months ( July)?

Hi Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by. Winters in Tasmania are quite mild so yes, I would, however, you can skip the Lavender Fields as there won’t be any. You could spend a little bit more time around Hobart instead. I wouldn’t recommend travelling in a campervan during this time of the year, just hiring a regular compact car and staying in cozy hotels. Also expect snow in Cradle Mtn NP so some hikes won’t be accessible. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

Thanks for all the info- how awesome. My husband and I were wanting to travel in April- would this be a good time to go to Tassy and to follow your blog? Thanks!

Hi Liv! Thanks for stopping by. April is a beautiful month to travel Tassie and especially for visiting the Cradle mountain NP, where the autumn foliage takes place. I would recommend however that you opt-in for hotel stays instead of travelling in a campervan, because the nights can be cold already. Let me know if I can help any further!

Hi Marta, this blog is brilliant and I will be basing our 16 night adventure on your recommendations for sure!! Just a question though, since COVID the prices for cars in Tasmania is more than 4 times the usual amount so I am trying to work out a way to reduce the number of days we need to hire a car. What would you suggest we can see/do without a car? ie The trip to Bruny Island? Time spent in Hobart? Thank you so much!

Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by. Sorry to hear about the rental prices. I would have thought it would be the other way around since noone is travelling at the moment they would try and attract as many people as possible, but then again I imagine local travel is doing just fine. tbh the only place I can think of are the two you have mentioned. After all you will be visiting many places which are far away from each other so you will need a car to get there. Sorry I can’t help any further, but I reckon a car is a very useful thing to have on a roadtrip in Tasmania.

Hi Marta, I was wondering how would the itinerary work if I started from Devonport if I was to come by the Sprit of Tasmania in my own car? Thank you!

Thank you for a detailed, informative post! I loved that you captioned the photos in your descriptions!

Your welcome! i am glad I could help!

Hi Marta, your itinerary sounds perfect. We would like to get to see The Southern lights, would you have any suggestions to help us out ourselves in the best position possible to see them. We plan to travel to Tasmania in August this year. Any hints would be greatly appreciated. We are thinking 12 days Thanks Carmel

Hi Carmel. Thanks for visiting. I am glad you like my itinerary. Now to your question, Southern lights are actually quite disappointing. You need to have a crazy storm to actually be able to see any colours with the naked eye, otherwise you only see faint lighter lights on the horizon. The photos of the Southern light that you see online are taken with long exposure. The camera can catch the colours. Very intense storms happen rarely. What I am trying to explain is that don’t get high expectations and if seeing aurora is your dream, then go to Northern Canada, Iceland, Lofoten Islands. Anywhere in the arctic circle. I hope that helps.

Hi Marta, great pics and places. I am the owner of the campground @ cape raoul that you gave a plug to. I know your intentions are well but I don’t want my place advertised online for the world to see. Please remove the plug. Andy

Hi Andy. Yes it was definitely put with the best intentions as we really enjoyed our stay there, but I understand and removed the info. You might now want to remove your comment too. Cheers, Marta

Love this blog! Thanks for sharing.

Planning to go to Tasmania at the end of May. Is it easy to drive to Cradle Mountain at this time of year? Will a small hire car be ok?

Hi Sarah. It can happen that it already snows at higher elevations, but the snow hardly ever stays down in the valleys. Plenty of locals drive small cars year-round there. You might have to look into renting a car that also comes with snow chains, in case you have to use them, but generally, you should be ok.

Hi Marta, Thx for the lovely blog. We have just booked our flights. We are 2 adults 2 kids (3yo + 10yo). We are flying in/out of Launceston. Dec 29 – Jan 9 so 12 days. What would be the best route to travel – Launceston to Cradle to Hobart and back up? Would a Campervan work for us and will it be easy to find places for it? We have never done a Campervan trip and would love to do it here. What would you suggest? We are coming from Sydney.Thx Robbie

Hi Robbie! Thanks for stopping by. If you look at the map I have made for this itinerary you will see that it is a loop and it goes through Launceston. It means you can do exactly the same loop, just instead of starting in Hobart as per my itinerary you start in Launceston. I would probably also do it clockwise in that case leaving Cradle Mountain for last (I think it’s the best part of itinerary and it will leave you something to look forward to). So Launceston -> Bay Of fires – Freycinet – Tasman NP – Hobart – Bruny Island (optionally) – Mt Field NP then Cradle Mtn and if You have time afterwards you could also add walls of Jerusalem NP. Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions!

Thx for the tip Marta. Yes Clockwise sounds better. Would you recommend we spend 1-2 days in Launceston (or surrounds) (my wife is adamant to relax here before the drive start)? Also, Campervan – Van type/Toyota hi-ace – is it ok for the drives or should i just car hire and book rooms along the route? Thx again..

Hi Robbie. It’s really up to you. I am not sure what kind of a traveller are you. More into camping and roughing it out or more into luxury. What I do know is that Toyota Hiace campervan might be very small for a family of four and small confined spaces can create tensions (speaking from experience here:) If you had 2 weeks of guaranteed beautiful weather when the campervan would only be used for driving and sleeping then it might be ok, but personally with two kids I would probably opt more for option nr 2. As for Launceston I didn’t find it very exciting. I am not sure where you are flying from. I presume from within Australia because of all the lockdowns so spending 2 days in Launceston might be a bit of an overkill. 1 night would be more than enough. Bay of fires isn’t too far of a drive from Launceston and I would much rather hang out there longer and rest than in Launceston.

Hi Marta, this blog is amazing! Thank you for giving so much detail, it is going to make our trip much easier and I am so excited now 🙂 My boyfriend and I are hoping to do this itinerary and I was wondering roughly how much we should estimate to spend if we did this based on the budget accommodation? Any rough estimate would be greatly appreciated! 🙂 Thanks in advance, Sophie x

Hi Sophie. Thanks so much for your awesome feedback. Your question is highly dependent on so many things, but most importantly the timing. If you go during the busiest time you can count on spending twice as much on accommodation as during the shoulder season. The most budget option would be to rent a campervan during the shoulder season and just stop at campsites every 2-3 days. My very rough estimate would be around 50 AUD/person/day excluding the rental but including gas, food (self cooking) and parks entries, but if you are a hardcore budget traveller you could even do it for cheaper. I hope that helps!

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Tasmania road trip (complete 10 day itinerary + tips & map)

By: Author Tracy Collins

Posted on Last updated: March 21, 2024

Are you planning a  Tasmania road trip?  In this article, you will find all the information you need to make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

We have recently returned from a 12-day road trip around Tasmania and in this post, I detail our Tasmania road trip itinerary as well as information about the top things to do and see and great places to stay.

Tasmania is often described as “an island of contrasts” and after our visit, I could not agree more. We experienced beautiful beaches, fantastic views of bays and mountains, amazing wildlife, great walks and incredible food and wine. The smallest state in Australia certainly packs a punch!

Tasmania has been named as one of the top destinations worldwide to visit by numerous travel magazines. About time I say!

A view of the Hazards a mountain range in Freycinet National Park Tasmania

10 reasons to visit Tasmania

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  • National parks
  • Stunning scenery
  • Amazing wildlife – devils, wombats, echidnas!
  • Wonderful food and wine
  • An interesting history
  • Hikes to suit everyone whatever their ability
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Quaint towns with great names – Melton Mowbray, Richmond, Sheffield and Derby!
  • Art! MONA (more on that later)
  • Stay in some of the most outstanding accommodation available anywhere in the world

Tasmania Itinerary Road Trip

We flew from Brisbane to Tasmania with Virgin Australia .  There are many flights a day from all the major cities in Australia to both Hobart and Launceston.

Flying from Melbourne to Hobart takes around an hour. The flight from Brisbane takes just over 2 hours.

If you want to take your own car/motorhome over to Tasmania there is the option of catching the Spirit of Tasmania ship. This departs from Melbourne and arrives in Devonport approximately 9-11 hours later.

For recent up-to-date costs check out the Spirit of Tasmania website.

Tasmania was made for road tripping!

Whether you decide to hire a car and stay in hotels along the way (as we did) or hire a camper van/motorhome and camp your way around the state you will have an amazing time.

We booked our car with Hertz and were able to pick it up at the airport on arrival. WE found collecting and dropping the car at the airport was a smooth, easy process.

There are lots of things to see and do in Tasmania and unless you have a month or more it is impossible to see everything.

I would suggest identifying the areas you would most like to visit and plan your Tasmania itinerary around that. That is exactly how I planned the trip and generally it worked out well.

Although Tasmania is small don’t rush it – take time to enjoy the different places as you travel around. We spent 3 nights in both Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain National Park which gave us some time to truly relax.

View of a boat from a beach in Tasmania

A 10 day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Hobart (Days 1/2/3/ and 11/12)

We flew from Brisbane and arrived at Hobart International Airport in the early afternoon. After picking up our hire car at the airport we drove the 18 kms into the city of Hobart where we had booked a 2-night stay.

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and Australia’s most southern city. With an estimated population of 220000 Hobart is making itself known on the international stage for 2 things – art and food.

We spent an afternoon on day 1 exploring the city itself. On day 2 we drove out of the city down to Dover and Southport for the day before returning to Hobart in the late afternoon.

To be honest we weren’t bowled over by Hobart and next time I would probably give it a skip and drive straight to the Tasman Peninsula. However, if you haven’t yet been I would recommend spending a day/evening there to go to the markets and explore the waterfront area.

Salamanca Markets

The Salamanca Markets are only on a Saturday so if you really want to go you need to book your trip accordingly. Apparently, they are excellent with about 300 stalls open for business from 8:30 am onwards.

Unfortunately, we missed them as we were in Hobart earlier in the week though we did enjoy a stroll around the waterfront area where the markets are held.

There are numerous restaurants and cafes as well as galleries and shops to explore in the area.

Good to know – arrive earlier rather than later as I hear they start to pack up around 1 pm.

Check out the Salamanca Market website for further details .

Salamanca Market building in Hobart

Mount Wellington

You can’t miss the 1271 metre high Mount Wellington as you drive into Hobart. We did have a great view from our hotel of the mountain but sadly didn’t get a chance to drive up to take photographs of Hobart as cloud covered it on the days we were in the city.

If you are luckier when you visit head up to Mt Wellington via Pinnacle Road for views of the city and harbour.

Check out the Mt Wellington website for further details.

View of Mount Wellington in Hobart Tasmania

MONA the Museum of Old and New Art

We made time at the end of our trip to visit MONA . I hated it. BUT I would still recommend visiting! It is meant to shock and there is clearly a load of irony in the way the collection has been put together by the somewhat eccentric millionaire owner.

From the moment you arrive and actually try to figure out how to get into the damn building (hint – cross the tennis court) to the intentional lack of labels and information on any of the art MONA gives you an experience like no other art gallery does. Confronting in capital letters.

So go. But don’t blame me if you think bleurghhhh what the hell was that!!

Hobart Art Museum artwork room

Bruny Island

We were able to spot Bruny Island during our day 2 trip south of Hobart. The island is becoming a very popular destination for day trips from Hobart though you can stay on the island too.

Take a  bushwalk in the South Bruny National Park or take an eco-cruise to explore its coastline. Look out for seals, penguins, and wallabies and other wildlife.

Bruny Island also has some excellent local produce too including wine, cheese, truffles, berries and fresh oysters.

If a trip to the island is something you would enjoy there are plenty of recommended tour options available including:

  • Bruny Island: Full-Day Food and Wine Tour from Hobart
  • Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
  • Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco-Tour from Hobart

If you have time you could add a night or two staying on the island into your Tasmania itinerary.

  • Although quite small Hobart does have a one-way system on many of the roads in the centre of town.
  • Hobart is a great city to explore on foot.
  • The main shopping area in the centre of Hobart is the Elizabeth Street Mall.
  • There are lots of great cafes/bars and restaurants in the waterfront area of the town so head down there for a coffee or a bite to eat!
  • Beware visiting when the cruise ships are in port. It is a favourite destination of the floating hotels and you could find it a little busier than anticipated if a million passengers disembark at once.

We found the hotels in Hobart relatively expensive.

Whatever your budget I would recommend finding something closer to the city centre within walking distance of the waterfront or actually on the waterfront itself.

There are AirBnb’s available in Hobart if you prefer.

We stayed at the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel which was a 5-minute walk to the waterfront area. The room was clean, spacious, the bed was comfortable. Parking is available and is free to RACV/RACT members.

Salamanca Markets in Hobart.

On day 3 we left Hobart to head to the Tasman Peninsula for a 2 night stay. The drive to the Peninsula only takes about an hour and a half and is 100 km from Hobart.

On the way we took a small detour to the town of Richmond which is 26 km (30 mins) from Hobart. The most famous landmark in Richmond is the bridge which was built in 1823. We parked on the main street and took a stroll down to the river and bridge.

There are lots of beautiful heritage buildings to admire in the town. With arts and craft centres, galleries and a choice of tea houses as well as a convict-era gaol (the oldest in Australia) Richmond is definitely worth a few hours to explore.

Richmond is also home to the Pooseum a place where “talking about poo is not taboo” This science museum is dedicated entirely to yes you’ve guessed it animal droppings.

Although we didn’t go the reviews on Trip Advisor for the museum are excellent so if you have an interest in finding out all about poo this is the place to visit!

Richmond Tasmania.

After a few hours in Richmond we drove the 80 km onto the Tasman Peninsula itself.

If you are driving down towards Port Arthur you will be on the A9 Arthur Highway which passes the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo . I had read good report about the place so we stopped to explore further.

The Unzoo is built around the concept of inviting us into the natural habitat of the animal. Rather than animals being exhibited in cages as in a traditional zoo the park aims to immerse the visitors in the habitat. It is an interesting concept and in some areas they are definitely succeeding.

This is a great place to see devils and if you can time it do try to be there when they feed them! Watching a devil bite through bone like it was a piece of cheese was incredible!

Over the last 20 years over 95% of the devil population has been wiped out by a cancer that causes facial tumours and death within 6 months. At present there is no known cure and insurance populations of disease free devils have been created in an effort to prevent their extinction.

Unfortunately the only wild devil we saw in Tasmania was dead by the side of the road.

Information about visiting the Unzoo:

Location:  5990 Arthur Highway Taranna

Costs:  Adult $36 Child $20

Opening hours:  9 – 6 (summer) otherwise 9-5

Tasmanian devils and the Unzoo.

After  couple of hours at the Unzoo we drove to Port Arthur itself where we had booked one night at Stewarts Bay Lodge . The Lodge is located in Port Arthur and was ideally located for our visit to the former prison colony the next day.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach located about 5-minute walk from our cabin before having a lovely evening meal in the on-site restaurant.

If you are looking for accommodation in Port Arthur I would highly recommend the cabins at Stewarts Bay Lodge . They were clean, well equipped and perfectly located.

CLICK HERE for up-to-date prices and to book a stay at Stewarts Bay Lodge.

Port Arthur 1

On day 4 we visited  Port Arthur Historical Site . The site is one of 11 places across Australia that make up the  UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian Convict Sites.

We spent a few hours exploring the site and learnt so much about the history of both Port Arthur and the lives of the convicts who were sent there.

I would recommend attending the introductory talk when you first arrive and also taking the included boat trip around the bay. There are a number of tours available to book including the very popular Port Arthur Ghost Tour. I can only imagine how creepy the place is after dark!

Additional information coming in my post dedicated to visiting Port Arthur Historic Site soon.

Good to know – Check that there isn’t a cruise ship dropping a few thousand passengers off the day you plan to go!

Richmond Tasmania.

Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay) (Days 4/5/6 )

After spending a few hours at Port Arthur Historic Site we drove 240 kms (just over 3 hours) to Freycinet National Park where we had booked accommodation for 3 nights.

I have to say this is one of the most spectacular places I have ever stayed anywhere in the world. We spent 3 nights at the beautiful and very luxurious Edge of the Bay resort which overlooks Coles Bay and the Hazards Mountain Range.

This is THE place to go to recharge your batteries and completely unwind. We ate breakfast every day with wallabies appearing from under the bushes to check out what we were eating (and if we would share – we didn’t!)

Edge of the bay Resort in Tasmania

We had a very lazy few days and didn’t do any of the famous hikes (I know!) including the one to Wineglass Bay . If hiking is your thing head over to the information centre at the entrance to the park. There are entry fees for vehicles and individuals which you pay at the entrance to the park.

Freycinet Wineglass Bay walks map

I would highly recommend a stay at the Edge of the Bay resort . Although pricy this is somewhere you will never forget. It is probably one of the best located places we have ever stayed anywhere in the world. It is very popular so book early to avoid disappointment!

Freycinet National Park

Bay of Fires (Days 6/7)

On day 6 we reluctantly left Freycinet National Park and drove 88 kms to our next destination – the Bay of Fires .

The Bay of Fires is situated on the northeastern coast of Tasmania. It stretches from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point to the north. The bay was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 when he sailed past and say the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches.

Famous for crystal clear water, beautiful white sand and orange rocks it really is worth visiting. We booked one night in St Helens which is located at the southern end of the conservation area.

We took a drive as far as we could do through the area and stopped off for a few walks along the beaches. Watch out for echidna along the side of the roads when you are driving. We saw quite a few at the Bay of Fires.

Bay of Fires in Tasmania Australia

As we were only spending one night in the area we booked in St Helens. Campsites are available in some parts of the conservation area and there are also numerous accommodation options near Binalong Bay including Airbnb.

We had the opportunity to catch up on washing too at this point of the trip as we were running out of clean clothes. We stayed at Pelican Point Sanctuary for the evening which was clean and spacious and we had access to a washing machine (laundry detergent provided) and a washing line.

Bay of Fires Tasmania

On day 7 we drove from St Helens to Launceston which is approximately 160 kms (2 hours drive) There are 2 possible routes to Launceston from St Helens but as January is peak season for lavender we took the northern route and stopped off at Bridestowe Lavender Farm .

Just to take these photographs! It was really beautiful and if you are visiting Tasmania when the lavender is out I would recommend a visit (there is a small entry fee when the lavender is in bloom) There is a shop and a cafe too selling lots of lavender goodies including lavender ice cream!

TASMANIA LAVENDER FARM

We spent one evening in Launceston at a lovely B&B (Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast) owned by a couple originally from the UK.

Our room at the Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast in Launceston Tasmania

We found there wasn’t a great deal to do in the city and spent a few hours playing crazy golf at Grindelwald a Swiss-themed Tamar Valley Resort about 10 minutes from Launceston.

Having lived in Switzerland I was not entirely convinced of its true Swiss-ness but it did pass a few hours!

A Swiss style village in Tasmania

Next time I would probably skip Launceston altogether but if you do decide to spend a night there I would highly recommend the Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast . (no children permitted)

On DAY 8 we drove from Launceston to Cradle Mountain where I had booked 3 nights at the world famous Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Cradle Mountain is 140 kms from Launceston and takes about 2 hours. However DO NOT drive straight there!! This drive takes you past some of the recommended producers on the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. At some point I am going back to do the entire trail but for this part of the trip we incorporated 2 stops.

Our first stop was at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe . We loved it so much we also stopped there on our return drive to Hobart! If you like raspberries you will love this place! Buy some of the chocolate coated raspberries to take away! And enjoy!

Raspberry Farm Tasmania

Tasmania really excels in its produce. Wonderful fruit and vegetables, excellent wines and tasty cheese!

Our next stop before heading up to Cradle Mountain was at Ashgrove Cheese . There were plenty of samples to try and some very tasty cheese made its way into our provisions.

ashgove cheese farm

Cradle Mountain (Days 8/9/10/11)

After eating far too many raspberries and cheese products we made our way up to Cradle Mountain which was our base for the next 2 days/3 nights.

You will notice on the drive there are dead trees everywhere – in some places it looked like an alien landscape. When we asked in the park about this we were told that the damage is being caused due to climate change.

Scientists are studying the area and the effects of sustained heat/droughts which is having such a massive impact on the area. A real wake up call.

Take a tour of the park

We took a tour from our hotel of the park at dusk which was an amazing time to see the animals. Standing in a field surrounded by wombats was just amazing!

We saw pademelons, wombats, echidna, and possums out in the park. The guide was also really knowledgeable so we were able to learn a lot about the various wildlife too.

wombats on cradle mountain

Take one of the many hikes around the park

There are lots of hikes to do in the park with the shorter walk around the Dove Lake Circuit one of the most popular. The Dove Lake Circuit is only 6 km and a fairly easy couple of hours.

Cradle Mountain walk

Alternatively if you prefer something very short but very beautiful try the Enchanted Walk which takes about 20 minutes and starts at Cradle Mountain Lodge!

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania

Visit the Devils @ Cradle

This is a wildlife conservation facility on Cradle Mountain dedicated primarily to the care of Tasmanian devils (though they do have quolls there too).

We paid $75 each for a joey encounter which enabled us to see some of the captive-born joeys that are being raised at the sanctuary. We found it very informative and loved meeting the animals.

My favourite was a young wombat named Pancake whose mother had been killed in a car park. Unfortunately, this is all too common as wombats have no sense of danger when it comes to cars and many people do not think to double-check before reversing.

Quokka and a quoll

How to get into the park

Cars are not allowed in the park during the hours of 8:30 – 4:30 pm in winter and 8:00 – 6:00 pm in summer.

If you want to go into the park catch a FREE shuttle bus which will drop you in a number of places along the way.

You need to purchase entry tickets for the park. See below for park ticket passes and information.

Map of Cradle Mountain.

We booked 3 nights at the world-class Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge . From the moment we arrived at the Lodge we knew this was an incredibly special place to be.

Our room was perfect, our welcome hamper superb, the setting, the wombats wandering around the lodge, the spa, the restaurant everything just made for a wonderful experience.

If you enjoy spas I would highly recommend spending some time in “The Sanctuary” at the onsite Waldheim Alpine Spa . The private sanctuary has a sauna, steam room, large hot tub and a cool plunge pool as well as a lounge area and is available for 60/90/120 minutes for your exclusive use.

Overlooking the Pencil Pine River and surrounded by King Billy Pines this is the perfect place to relax.

Entrance to Peppers Cradle Mountain

We drove back to Hobart on day 11 from Cradle Mountain. The drive took approximately 4 hours so we had enough time to head to MONA before checking into our airport accommodation for the evening.

As I have already mentioned MONA I won’t go into it again but I think next time I would try to fly into Hobart and out from Launceston to avoid losing a day driving back down the island.

This would have perhaps enabled us to explore more of the west of the island particularly Strahan. Next time!

On day 12 we sadly left Tasmania and flew home (on one of the most turbulent flights ever – not sure if had something to do with the notorious roaring 40’s)

Good to know when planning your trip to Tasmania

In Tasmania, you drive on the left (as in all of Australia!) There are stickers on the windscreens of hire cars and as you drive away from the airport you will see road signs to remind visitors. You will also be given a leaflet when you pick up your hire car with important information about driving in Tasmania.

Apparently, it has been an issue for some visitors to Tasmania.

Be mindful of wild animals . I have been nowhere in the world that seems to have the number of animals wandering the roadsides! Wallabies, echidnas, possums, devils, wombats everywhere! And unfortunately, too many of them splattered. Be especially careful at dawn and dusk.

On a more positive note if you are there during the right seasons keep an eye out for fruit and veg being sold by the roadside. Pull over, help yourself (well pay first!) and then eat your body weight in cherries, raspberries, apples etc. Delicious!

If you are driving from the north back down to Hobart I would highly recommend you take the 1 motorway.

We decided to take the scenic route on the A5. Mistake. Gravel, no other humans for hours, smoke in the trees and a potential flat tyre (luckily it was something stuck on the tyre – not an animal!) made this a not altogether pleasant few hours. Forget the scenery and stick to the main route!!

Beautiful Tasmania in Australia

Tasmania has a climate of 4 seasons . The warmest months are between December and March (summer) when temperatures range between 17 and 23 degrees celsius.

In winter temperatures can dip as low as 3 degrees with highs of only 11 degrees. If you are visiting Cradle Mountain you can expect even colder temperatures with ice and snow in the winter months.

Even in warmer months temperatures can vary greatly so it is best to be prepared for all weather conditions. We visited in January and experienced unusually hot weather with temperatures of 28 degrees on Cradle Mountain. The week before it had been 13 degrees!

One of the BEST things about Tasmania in the summer months are the lighter evenings ! In January it was daylight after 9 in the evening. A real treat for those of us from Queensland (aka the land of no daylight savings!!!)

If you are planning to visit more than one of the National Parks while in Tasmania it may be cost-effective to purchase a Tasmania National Parks Pass. There are a total of 17 parks so chances are you will!

The Holiday Pass pass covers entry into all of Tasmania’s national parks for up to two months and also provides free use of the Cradle Mt shuttle bus.

The Holiday Pass costs

  • $56 per vehicle up to 8 seats; or
  • $28 per person

Alternatively, you can buy a daily pass which costs

  • $22 per vehicle up to 8 seats; or
  • $11 per person

Click here to purchase your pass!

Parks and Wildlife Services – For information on the various parks, hikes, maps and up-to-date information on conditions.

Booking.com – For hotels around Tasmania I used booking dot com. I like the ability to have the option to choose free cancellation. They also have a wide range of properties to choose from to suit all budgets.

Enjoy your trip to Tasmania

We loved Tasmania! We have seen quite a lot of Australia since we moved here from Europe and it is easily one of the most beautiful places we have visited in the world.

Tasmania is made for road trips and we will definitely be returning to explore more of the country in the future.

Have a fantastic time!

I have lots of information on my blog about travel in Australia including more posts dedicated to Tasmania.

  • Top tips to make the best of your Tasmania trip
  • A guide to the wildlife of Tasmania
  • Check out my comprehensive guide to Australia which includes links to all my articles

Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

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Tasmania Road Trip – 2 Week Tasmania Itinerary

A few years ago, we took a trip to Hobart, our first visit to Tasmania. We loved it, and after an incredible weekend, we vowed to return to explore more of the island.  COVID-19 delayed our plans a little, but we finally embarked on a Tasmania road trip this year and have put together what we think is the perfect Tasmania itinerary.

The Nut is a unique feature of Stanley

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Getting to Tasmania

There are three main entry points onto the island; Hobart – the capital city with an international airport, Launceston – with a domestic airport and Devonport – which has a ferry terminal connecting to Melbourne.

Book flights to Tasmania.

Marion's Lookout in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

This 14 day Tasmanian road trip starts and ends in Hobart, but you can easily do the same itinerary starting in Launceston or Devonport. It’s fairly fast-paced, with two nights at each stop. If you prefer to take things slower, I recommend adding an extra night at each.

  • Day 1 Hobart
  • Day 2 Hobart and Port Arthur
  • Day 3 Hobart to Coles Bay 
  • Day 4 Freycinet National Park
  • Day 5 Coles Bay to The Bay of Fires
  • Day 6 The Bay of Fires
  • Day 7 The Bay of Fires to Launceston
  • Day 8 Launceston
  • Day 9 Launceston to Stanley
  • Day 10 Stanley
  • Day 11 Stanley to Cradle Mountain
  • Day 12 Cradle Mountain
  • Day 13 Cradle Mountain to Hobart
  • Day 14 Hobart

Tasmania Road Trip Map

Camper, Camping or Car?

We travelled around Tasmania by car for our road trip and stayed in hotels at each destination. I loved this as we had some lovely Tassie accommodation and it was really relaxing at each place. However, Tasmania is also the perfect destination for a camping or campervan road trip, and there are lots of great scenic spots to pitch a tent or park up your motorhome. With all options, I highly recommend booking in advance, especially if you’re travelling at a peak period (summer, school holidays or festivals).

Hire a car in Tasmania.

Wide sandy Denison Beach on the drive from Coles Bay to the Bay of Fires

Hobart – Day 1

Arriving in Hobart, pick up a rental car (or camper) and check into your accommodation for the night. If you have an early flight, then make the most of the rest of the day in Hobart. There is a lot do to here, and you’ll have time on the way back to explore too, but highlights include:

  • MONA – Museum of Old and New Art
  • Salamanca Market
  • Mount Wellington
  • Fantastic restaurants and bars

Read our guide to Hobart here.

Sitting on top of Mount Wellington in Hobart

Where to Stay in Hobart

Hobart has lots of great accommodation from holiday rentals to lovely hotels.

For luxury book the MACq 01 Hotel right on the waterfront, with each room telling a story of a Tasmanian character.

For something midrange, Customs House Hotel has an unbeatable location in a historic pub.

And for budget, check out the excellent Central Hobart YHA , which has dorms and private rooms.

tasmania road trip itinerary

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Hobart to Port Arthur (and back) – Day 2 – 1 hour 20 / 94km each way

The next day, get up early and head out of the city down the Tasman Peninsula to Port Arthur Historic Site. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating place to learn about the early British settlers and prisoners in Tasmania. On the way, there are plenty of great places to stop including:

  • The Tessellated Pavement
  • Port Arthur Lavender Farm

The Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania

You can either spend the night in Port Arthur or make your way back to Hobart for the night (this way you don’t have to change hotels which is usually my preference!)

Port Arthur Historic Site

Hobart to Coles Bay – Day 3 – 2.5 hours / 198km

A longer drive today to get to Coles Bay, the gateway to Freycinet National Park. Stop at Orford to admire the beautiful coastal scenery. If you have lots of time, you can take the 30 minute ferry over to Maria Island, a great place to spot wildlife including wombats and Tasmanian devils

Stop at Devil’s Corner Cellar Door for some wine tasting and food. It’s a gorgeous spot with scenic countryside views. Closer to Coles Bay is Freycinet Marine Farm where you can sample local oysters and an array of other delicious seafood.

Views from Devils Corner

Where to stay in Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a great spot for campers, with almost beachside camping and camper pitches available. The majority of accommodation here is holiday rentals but there are a few high-end options too.

For Luxury, book Freycinet Lodge , one of the few accommodations inside Freycinet National Park, with secluded cabins – some with sea views and outside baths – and an excellent restaurant.

For mid-range, check out Freycinet Resort , offering villas with gorgeous views of the Friendly Beaches, Great Oyster Bay and the Tasman Sea.

For budget, BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet has camping and holiday cabins. We stayed here and it’s a great location with easy access to the bars and restaurants of Coles Bay and a short drive to the national park.

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Freycinet National Park  – Day 4

Wake up early and make your way into Freycinet National Park. You need a national park pass to enter, but as you’ll be visiting Cradle Mountain National Park later in the trip, it’s worth buying a holiday pass for $82.40 per vehicle, which is valid for 2 months.

There are several walks you can do within the park, most of which take in a lookout over the stunning Wineglass Bay. If you fancy a short and leisurely stroll, then the Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk is a good choice. It’s a 2.6km grade 3 return walk. You don’t need a high level of fitness, but there are some steep sections. You will be rewarded with this view:

Views over wineglass bay

If you want to visit Wineglass Bay , then from the lookout, continue down the stairs towards the beach. This extended grade 3 walk is 6km return. Once at the bay, you can have a swim (if it’s warm enough) or walk the full length of the beach. I recommend bringing a packed lunch and enjoying it here.

Enrico heading in for a swim at Wineglass Bay

You can also return by a different, longer route, via Hazards Beach which increases the total walk to a grade 4 11km circuit.

For the best views of Wineglass Bay, experienced hikers can take the Mount Amos walk . This is a very steep grade 4 3.6km return walk (and sometimes scramble) up Mount Amos, where you will have a panoramic view of the bay and peninsula.

Aerial views of Wineglass Bay from Mount Amos

If you don’t fancy walking, you could take a boat tour around to Wineglass Bay, although to really see the beautiful wineglass shape of the bay, it is best seen from above.

Coles Bay to The Bay of Fires – Day 5 – 2 hours 10 / 139km

Continue your drive around Tasmania by heading north. There are some lovely beaches and coastal spots to stop off on during this drive. The first stop is Bicheno, where you can grab a snack or stock up on fuel. If you fancy a surf this is a good place to do it, with lessons and board hire available. Continuing on, make sure you stop at Denison Beach for a swim (if it’s warm enough) or a walk along the long sandy beach. Seymour beach, further along, is another beautiful beach.

An aerial shot of Denison Beach

Where to stay in The Bay of Fires

St Helens or Binalong Bay are excellent bases to enjoy the Bay of Fires. St Helens is the largest town on Tasmania’s northeast coast. It’s a fishing hub and the state’s largest fishing port, so stay here if you want to try local seafood or take a fishing charter. Binalong Bay is smaller and marks the start of the Bay of Fires.

For luxury, The Loft @ Bay of Fires Seascape is a gorgeous beachfront apartment with ocean views.

For mid-range, Bay of fires bush Retreat has beautiful boutique glamping tents and rooms surrounded by bush close to Binalong Bay. There is a self-catering kitchen, or you opt for delicious Tasmanian Produce Platters and meals made by the in-house chefs.

For budget try BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park , which has holiday cabins and camping.

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The Bay of Fires – Day 6

The Bay of Fires coastline stretches for 50km from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. This conservation area features small secluded beaches with clear blue water, forests and orange lichen-coloured boulders. Many assume that these boulders gave the area its name, but in fact, the name refers to Aboriginal fires seen along the coastline by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773.

Red lichen covered rock and blue water in the Bay of Fires

Spend the day exploring the coastline. There are great walks, excellent fishing, and if the weather is warm enough take a dip in the crystal clear ocean. You may also be lucky enough to spot whales, seals and dolphins from the coast. Binalong Bay viewing platform offers fantastic views.

Worthwhile walks include:

  • Policeman’s Point to The Gardens
  • Skeleton Bay to Dora’s Point and George’s Bay

The Bay of Fires  to Launceston via Derby – Day 7 – 3 hours / 185km

This isn’t the quickest route to Launceston, but it avoids going back on yourself and also means you can visit Derby on the way. Derby is popular with mountain bikers and offers some fantastic trails through the rainforest and the nearby Blue Tier mountain range.

Even if you’re not into biking, there is plenty of reason to stop here, aside from some excellent eateries and a local brewery, it’s also home to the Lake Derby Floating Sauna. Heat up in the sauna while enjoying the views of the peaceful surroundings and then jump into the cold lake to really awaken your senses! Booking in advance is recommended.

Floating Sauna Lake Derby

Then continue on your Tasmanian itinerary to Launceston.

Where to stay in Launceston

I recommend staying either in the city centre or by the water, so you can easily walk to bars and restaurants.

For luxury, Stillwater Seven is a gorgeous boutique hotel with just seven rooms housed in an 1830s flour mill. It’s also home to award-winning restaurant Stillwater, so you can indulge in some delicious Tasmanian cuisine during your stay. We absolutely loved our stay here.

For mid-range, Balmoral on York has great rooms with breakfast and free WIFI included, just 100m from the CDB. We also stayed here and found it to be a really great, affordable option in the city.

For budget accommodation in Launceston, Pod I nn offers capsule accommodation fitted with reading lights, a mirror, wall lights, USB charging ports, fan ventilation and a secure locker.

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Stillwater Seven

Launceston – Day 8

You can either spend the day in the city or take a day trip out to the Tamar Valley. Here you can visit some of Tasmania’s best wineries including Swinging Gate Vineyard and Josef Chromy Wines. If everyone on your Tassie road trip wants to sample the wine, then you can also take a tour from Launceston, so no one needs to drive.

If you’re staying in the city, go to the Cataract Gorge. Less than 30 minutes walk from the city centre or a short drive, the beautiful gorge offers walking and hiking trails, the world’s longest single-span chairlift and a swimming pool. There is a restaurant and cafe here so you can make a day of it, or otherwise just pop along for a few hours.

Cataract Gorge

Another great Launceston activity is a Tamar River cruise. There are morning and afternoon departures and you’ll be treated to some delicious Tasmanian produce as you pass historical buildings, vineyards and charming riverfront communities.

Like Hobart, Launceston has lots of great restaurants. For some excellent Tasmanian steak definitely go to Black Cow Bistro, and for a fantastic curry, Spice Lounge on Seaport Boulevard is well worth a visit.

Sunset at Seaport Boulevard

Launceston to Stanley – Day 9 –  2 hours 30 / 224km

On day 9 of your road trip around Tasmania, make your way west out of the city. The first stop is Deloraine, a quaint riverside town with an artsy vibe. Each year it hosts Australia’s biggest working craft fair in November, but it’s well worth adding to your Tasmania road trip itinerary outside of that. There are lots of galleries, quirky shops and antique stores and some excellent cafes. It’s also just lovely to sit and picnic by the river before you continue on your journey.

The river at Deloraine

A short drive from Deloraine is the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, where you can sample an array of raspberry-based goods including chocolate-covered raspberries or raspberry soda. You can also purchase fresh raspberries to take with you. Another 7 minutes in the car on your Tasmania foodie road trip and you’ll reach Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door. This award-winning Tasmanian paddock to plate dairy has a new visitor centre, where you can sample cheesy dishes including deluxe cheese toasties, truffle fondue, a high cheese (like high tea) or buy some cheese for the road.

Continue north through Devonport and along the coast to Penguin. As the name suggests, this town is home to a penguin rookery, and if you’re lucky you may spot a few at Penguin Point around dusk. Even if you don’t, you can admire the ‘giant penguin’ – a 10-foot penguin statue on the promenade. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you can stop in at Tasmania’s largest undercover market, with more than 200 stalls selling food and wine, woodcraft and second-hand goods.

The giant penguin in Penguin

From Penguin, continue your Tasmania driving holiday to Stanley, which takes around 1 hour and 15.

Where to stay in Stanley

Stanley is a small town, so there isn’t loads of accommodation , but there are some excellent places to stay.

For luxury accommodation in Stanley, stay at Ship Inn Stanley . This boutique hotel is housed in a historic building that served as a pub for many years and was transformed into a guesthouse in 2018. The seven historic suites are all unique and breakfast is included in the rate.

You can read my full review here.

A yellow building with a huge rock in the background

For mid-range, Touchwood Cottages are located in the centre of town with self-catering facilities. There is also a cafe specialising in local seafood, homemade cakes and scones. Breakfast supplies are included for the first morning.

For budget, Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park has a variety of rooms located 600m from Godfreys Beach, with a shared lounge, garden, kitchen and BBQ facilities as well as a children’s playground.

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Stanley  – Day 10

Stanley’s most striking feature is The Nut – a volcanic plug that forms the backdrop to the town. You can take a trip up to the top via a walking path or by chair lift. Once there, you can enjoy a 45 minute loop walk with views of the town, beach, sea and out to the historic Highfield House.

There are lots of great vantage points to admire The Nut in Stanley

The town is full of historic buildings and walking along the main street feels like stepping back in time. It was used as one of the filming locations for the movie The Light Between Two Oceans, and you’ll find pictures of the filming along Church Street and Alexander Terrace.

Heritage buildings have been used as a movie set in Stanley

Stanley is a fishing town, so it’s an excellent place to sample some Tasmanian seafood, in particular, freshly caught lobster from Hursey’s Seafood. The Stanley Hotel also serves excellent pub grub and Tasmanian Food and Wine is a lovely bar that offers Tasmanian wine and whisky and local cheese platters.

Tasmanian Food and Wine is a great place for after dinner drinks

Stock up on delicious local cheese, smoked salmon and other treats from the Provedore for your lunch the next day.

Stanley to Cradle Mountain – Day 11  – 2 hours 5 / 174km

Next on your Tasmanian road trip itinerary, you’ll be visiting one of the island’s most iconic spots; Cradle Mountain. To get there you need to travel back along the coast towards Burnie. Stop off along the way at Boat Harbour Beach. This is a lovely little seaside resort with a sandy beach and a few cafes.

Boat Harbour Beach

Once you reach Burnie, you’ll travel inland and south. Stop at Guide Falls to enjoy your picnic lunch and admire the beautiful waterfalls. Then continue south to Cradle Mountain.

Where to stay in Cradle Mountain

Nearly all of the Cradle Mountain accommodation is located near the visitor centre, outside the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. So it’s easy to walk to the shuttle buses the following morning.

For luxury accommodation in Cradle Mountain stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge . Just outside the park entrance, the lodge features 2 restaurants and a luxury day spa. Some of the suites feature outdoor spa baths.

For midrange, Cradle Mountain Highlanders is an excellent option featuring secluded cabins surrounded by woodland. Each has a kitchen and a gas or wood fire. We loved our stay here.

For budget, stay at Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain , which has cottages and holiday cabins with cooking facilities. You can also camp here or stay in a dorm.

A hut at Cradle Mountain Highlander

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Cradle Mountain – Day 12 

Head for the visitor centre, get your parks pass validated and pick up a map. There are frequent shuttle buses from the visitor centre into the national park between 8am to 6pm during the summer and 9am and 5pm. During these periods you can’t drive into the park and will need to leave your car at the visitor centre. This is a good idea anyway, as it means you can start and end your walk in different locations.

Cradle Mountain

There are a number of walks you can take in the park depending on your level of fitness:

  • Cradle Mountain Summit – this walk offers the best views, but you need to be fit and should be an experienced bushwalker. It’s an 8 hour return hike, Grade 5, 12.8km, 600m climb in elevation.
  • Crater Lake – A 2 hour circuit, Grade3, 5.7km circuit up to the beautiful Crater Lake
  • Dove Lake – 2-3 hour circuit, Grade 3, 6km circuit around Dove Lake

Enrico sitting on the rocks above Crater Lake

I recommend that you combine parts of all three hikes to see the most of the park. Get off the bus at Ronny Creek along the Overland Track, past Crater Lake and up to Marion’s Lookout. (This section is steep). The views from here are incredible. Enjoy your lunch here before walking back down to Crater Lake. At this point, take the Wombat Pool Track to Dove Lake. If you still have energy, you can then do the circuit around Dove Lake. Or if you’ve had enough for the day, you can hop back on the shuttle bus at Dove Lake.

steep paths on Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain to Hobart – Day 12  – 4 hours 15 / 320km

This is the longest leg of your Tasmania self-drive itinerary, as you need to go north to get south. As you pass Launceston, take a quick detour to Evandale for lunch at the Clarendon Arms. This is a fantastic British-style pub serving excellent food (including a delicious Sunday roast) and has a massive beer garden.

The beer garden at the Clarendon Arms

You may wish to stop again in Campbell Town, a historic town that was used as the main stopping point between Launceston and Hobart when travellers got around in horse and carts. It is full of colonial history with some impressive buildings and many antique shops.

Further on is Oatlands, one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements, with more than 150 sandstone buildings. Many of these now operate as cafes, antique stores, accommodation and attractions. There is also Callington Mill – an 1837 Lincolnshire tower mill – the only operating mill of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

From Oatlands it’s an hour’s drive to Hobart.

See above for where to stay in Hobart.

Hobart – Day 14 

Spend the final day of your Tasmania holiday in Hobart, enjoying whichever of the activities you didn’t do the first time around.

Salamanca Market

More than Two Weeks in Tasmania?

If you have time for a longer trip, then there are a few other destinations you can add to this trip.

From Cradle Mountain, go west to the harbour-side village of Strahan, set on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Take a boat cruise into the rainforest, take a trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway or explore the wild ocean beaches. From Strahan, it takes approximately 4 hours 15 to drive to Hobart.

The harbour at Strahan

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Bruny Island

After enjoying a second stint in Hobart, travel south to Bruny Island. There are two parts of the island connected by a narrow strip called the Neck – an excellent spot for photographs. Take a boat cruise around the island, hike in South Bruny National Park, and enjoy the local produce including oysters, cheese and chocolate. Bruny Island is just over an hour’s drive from Hobart.

The neck at Bruny Island

How many days does it take to drive around Tasmania?

It really depends on how much of the island you want to see, but to take in the main sites takes allow around 14 days to drive around Tasmania.

What is the best month to go to Tasmania?

Tasmania is a great destination to visit at any time of the year, but the best time to visit Tasmania is between December and February, in the Australian summer. This is the busiest time to visit but the weather will be warmer. Spring and Autumn are also good times to go to Tasmania, as they aren’t quite as busy but it’s still not too cold. In winter, you may be lucky enough to experience snow in Tasmania.

Is it easy to drive in Tasmania?

Tasmania is a really easy place to drive around. You can hire a car from the main airports and cities and road are well signposted and maintained. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the road, especially at dawn and dusk.

Have you been to Tasmania? We would love to hear your thoughts on this itinerary and your Tasmania travel highlights!

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14 Day Tasmania Itinerary✅: Ultimate Tasmanian Road Trip

Heading to Tasmania and looking for a Tasmania road trip itinerary? Perfect! We have created exactly that – a 14 day Tasmania itinerary especially made for your next trip.

Tasmania is Australia’s southernmost state and a fantastic place to visit. Around 40% of the state is designated national park land, offering visitors stunning natural beauty with a vast array of nature treks, mountains and beaches to explore.

In addition to natural beauty, Tasmania has interesting historical sites from early colonial days, as well as laid back towns and cities and a thriving cafe and culinary culture. You can’t plan a trip to Tasmania without planning to sample its world renowned wine and produce.

It is also one of the easiest states to explore by car, making driving tours Tasmania the best way to explore this state. Our 14 day suggested itinerary for Tasmania is the perfect amount of time to get a taste of all this state has to offer.

Tasman Peninsula, Tasman National Park

Below, you will find the best road trip Tasmania offers! We use our experience exploring the state to give you the perfect plan with all the details you need for a Tasmania 2 week itinerary. We walk you through exactly what to do each day of your Tasmanian road trip, give you suggestions on where to stay, tell you approximate driving times and show you your Tasmania itinerary 14 days on a map.

You can simply stop following our self drive Tasmania 14 days itinerary if your trip finishes in less time by removing stops that don’t appeal to you as much. If you have a few days longer, I recommend you spend more time at the stops that most appeal to you, as this Tasmania driving itinerary does not have much downtime. If you like lots of downtime on your trips then I recommend removing a place or two from the 2 week Tasmania itinerary.

If you are searching for ideas for a 3 week Tasmania itinerary, you will also find recommended ways to extend your best Tasmania road trip below.

Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments below – we are happy to help you in this ultimate Tasmania trip planner.

Going for a shorter period? You can find our best 10 day itinerary here , 7 day itinerary here and 4-5 day itinerary here .

Click here to download your free Tasmania Road Trip Planner checklist . We’ll help you get ready for your trip! Wan t help with your itinerary? Find our full Tasmanian Road Trip Planner here.

  • 1.1 Overview
  • 2 Tasmania Road Trip Map: 14 Day Tasmania Itinerary
  • 3.1 Where To Stay In Hobart
  • 3.2 Car Hire
  • 3.3 Richmond
  • 3.4 Richmond Gaol
  • 3.5 Old Hobart Town Model Village
  • 3.6 Battery Point
  • 3.7 Salamanca Place and Hobart’s Waterfront
  • 4.1 Mt Wellington
  • 5.1 Where To Stay In Strahan
  • 5.2 Lake St Clair
  • 5.3 West Coast Reflections
  • 6.1 West Coast Wilderness Railway
  • 6.2 Gordon River Cruise
  • 7.1 Where To Stay At Cradle Mountain
  • 7.2 Cradle Mountain
  • 7.3 Devils@Cradle
  • 8.1 Where To Stay In Stanley
  • 8.2 Fossil Bluff
  • 8.3 Table Cape
  • 8.4 Table Cape Tulip Farm
  • 8.5 Boat Harbour
  • 8.6 Tasmazia
  • 9.1 The Nut
  • 9.2 Highfield Historic Site
  • 9.3 Stanley Seal Cruises
  • 10.1 Where To Stay In Low Head
  • 10.2 Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
  • 10.3 Tasmania Zoo
  • 10.4 Cataract Gorge
  • 10.5 Boag’s Brewery
  • 11.1 Low Head Maritime Museum
  • 11.2 Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
  • 11.3 Seahorse World
  • 11.4 Platypus House
  • 11.5 Low Head Penguin Tour
  • 12.1 Where To Stay At Binalong Bay/St Helens
  • 12.2 Little Blue Lake
  • 12.3 Pub In The Paddock
  • 12.4 St Columba Falls
  • 12.5 Pyengana Dairy
  • 13.1 Bay Of Fires
  • 14.1 Where To Stay In Coles Bay
  • 14.2 Freycinet Marine Farm
  • 14.3 Wineglass Bay
  • 15.1 Where To Stay In Port Arthur
  • 15.2 Port Arthur Historic Site
  • 16.1 Doo Town
  • 16.2 Blow Hole And Tessellated Pavement
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Perfect Tasmanian Road Trip Itinerary 2022

Tasmania Bridge, Hobart

Remember, this is a full 14 day itinerary Tasmania. If you have fewer days, simply pick the days that most appeal – there are more tips for less and more days below.

Plans for the best road trips Tasmania are written to take advantage of every moment. This plan is fast moving and you will see a lot. Again, you can choose to remove some days to take it easier if you wish.

You can read more specifically about driving in Tasmania and how it differs to elsewhere here.

  • Days 1-2 in Hobart
  • Day 3 driving to Strahan stopping at the Lake St Clair part of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
  • Day 4 exploring the west coast from Strahan
  • Days 5-6 driving to Cradle Mountain and exploring the Dove Lake area at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
  • Days 6-7 heading to Stanley and exploring
  • Days 8-10 driving on to Launceston and Low Head and exploring the Tamar Valley
  • Days 10-11 heading to the east coast and exploring the Bay of Fires region
  • Day 12 hiking to famous Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park
  • Day 13 exploring Tasmania’s convict heritage at Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Day 14 finishing up in Hobart

Vine rows in Devil's Corner winery Apslawn Tasmania

The highlights of this road trip around Tasmania are:

  • Walk the historic areas of Richmond and Battery Point
  • Be amazed (and shocked) at the world renowned museum of MONA
  • Sample some of the delicious seafood and produce the state is famed for
  • See the West Coast’s ancient, cool temperate rainforest on either a train ride or boat cruise
  • Take a chairlift to the Nut at Stanley and see the sites around town
  • Explore the glacial lake and see the imposing mountains at Cradle Mountain
  • Explore the Tamar Valley region to sample top produce at wineries, see local wildlife, museums and more
  • Spend a day exploring the stunning Bay Of Fires
  • Sample excellent seafood at Freycinet and climb the gentle track to see the wonders of Wineglass Bay
  • Witness Tasmania’s convict past at both Richmond Gaol and Port Arthur Historic Site
  • See the geological wonders of Eaglehawk Neck like the Blowhole and Tessellated Pavement

…and much much more!

This one of our best Tasmania road trips is detailed as starting and finishing in Hobart, but you can start and finish from any point.

If you are starting at the ferry and looking for a Tasmania itinerary 14 days from Devonport, I recommend you start on Day 6 and drive straight to Stanley when disembarking. Once you hit day 14, start over on day one finishing up at Cradle Mountain.

If you are looking for a Tasmania family holiday itinerary, this also works great for families but with younger kids, I definitely recommend slowing it down.

If you are catching the Spirit of Tasmania to Tasmania, read our full guide here.

Tasmania Road Trip Map: 14 Day Tasmania Itinerary

The following map shows you the route this road trip Tasmania takes around the state.

If you wish to go for more or less time, this map will also give you a good indication of what places you might be able to add or remove.

2 Week Tasmanian Road Trip map

Day 1: Arriving in Hobart

Today, you arrive in Hobart. The start of your 2 weeks in Tasmania is all about enjoying Tasmania’s capital city.

This plan assumes you arrive first thing in the day, if you arrive later, consider dropping Richmond.

  • Arrive in Hobart. I recommend you pick up your car hire at the airport so you are all set to go
  • Head straight to Richmond. This small historic town is not far from the airport (approx driving time 20 minutes)
  • Explore Richmond Gaol and Old Hobart Town Model Village
  • Head to your hotel and check-in
  • Explore the waterfront and Salamanca Place area in Hobart and Battery Point. You can do this on foot.
  • Eat dinner in this area. We recommend Drunken Admirals for some fabulous seafood

Where To Stay In Hobart

  • BEST – MACq 01 Hotel ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – Somerset On The Pier ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Central Hotel Hobart  ( Click here for more details )

Read our full guide to Hobart accommodation here.

I recommend you book through Bargain Car Rentals . This Tasmanian car rental company has some great deals and availability. Even better is if you use the code: TASEXPLORE you save 5%

Simply click here.

Then when you enter the dates and location, enter: TASEXPLORE for the “Discount Code”.

They are located in both Hobart and Launceston.

You can also find other car hire options here .

tasmania road trip itinerary

Just a 25 minute drive from Hobart is Richmond. This small town is popular with both tourists and locals with museums, galleries, cafes and gorgeous architecture, making this a lovely place to begin your driving tour of Tasmania.

Aside from just being a pretty town, Richmond showcases a lot of early colonial style architecture. Particularly impressive are some of the churches you’ll find dotted around town. Richmond is small and very easy to explore on foot, even with young kids, and you can easily spend a few hours here.

You’ll find Australia’s oldest stone span bridge, plenty of places to sample delicious food, parkland to relax and unwind, souvenir stores and interesting museums like the Pooseum, an interactive museum, best for kids, which showcases everything there is to know about poo!

Two of the must see sites in Richmond to add to your itinerary for Tasmania are mentioned below.

Richmond Gaol

Outside the Richmond Gaol Tasmania

One of the most interesting sites in Richmond is the Richmond Gaol. As a penal colony, Australia’s gaols were very important in its early history, and Richmond Gaol is Australia’s oldest gaol that still stands.

The gaol is relatively compact making it easy to explore, and there are information boards and sound effects to add context and atmosphere to the experience of visiting.

You can see the main building of the gaol including the cooks house with the original oven, women’s quarters, the flogging yard and chain gang holding rooms. You can also see a collection of historical relics.

One of the creepiest parts of the museum is the solitary confinement cells where you can get a sense of what this experience would have been like. The cells of the gaol remain exactly as they were in the past and you can lock yourself into one.

Address: 37 Bathurst St, Richmond TAS 7025

Click here to read our full review.

Old Hobart Town Model Village

Old Hobart Town Model Village

Another interesting thing to see in Richmond is the Old Hobart Town Model Village. This village is like looking back in time and is the result of years of effort to recreate what Hobart was like in the 1820s.

The model village is quite large, with plenty of information boards, street names and detailed descriptions of what life in Hobart was like at this time. A few buildings in the model still stand today, and these and their history are given special attention.

The people in the town are interesting too, like convicts attempting an escape, a woman killing a snake, a boy falling from a tree and lots and lots of drunk people. This makes it enjoyable for kids as well who can get a list of things they need to try to find.

Address: 21a Bridge St, Richmond TAS 7025

Battery Point

Historic houses along Hampden Road at Battery Point

Heading back to Hobart from Richmond, I suggest you park at Salamanca Place and explore Battery Point. This is a beautiful inner city suburb of Hobart, and it is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring it’s heritage trail and getting lost in it’s pretty and historic streets. It’s where we live and it’s gorgeous.

From Salamanca Place, you can climb the historic Kelly’s Steps which connects you to Battery Point via Kelly Street. These sandstone steps, built in 1840, are the perfect place to begin your walk. Must see spots include Arthurs Circus, Princes Park, Hampden Road and several of the numerous streets dotted with colonial style homes.

Hampden Road is the commercial heart of Battery Point, and here you’ll find restaurants, trendy cafes, shops and the Narryna Heritage Museum.

Salamanca Place and Hobart’s Waterfront

Salamanca Market

When you’re done exploring Battery Point, head back to Salamanca Place (simply called Salamanca by locals) and take a look at the imposing sandstone buildings complete with shops, restaurants and plenty of bars and pubs.

Salamanca has some of the best bars and pubs you’ll find in Hobart. These are all stretched along Salamanca place, and you’re quite literally spoilt for choice. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and take in everything you’ve seen.

The shops in Salamanca sell some of the goods Tasmania is known for like wine, fudge, wool and art, and every Saturday Salamanca hosts a vibrant market. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, this is definitely worth seeing.

Hobart Waterfront

When you’re finished with your drink, explore the nearby Parliament House Gardens, and then make your way to the waterfront.

Walking along the waterfront, some places to see include Brooke Street Pier, the converted warehouses near the MACq01 and some of the numerous fish and chip restaurants and boats (offering both dine in and takeaway).

When it comes to dinner, both Salamanca and Hobart’s waterfront have fantastic options to suit all budgets. For fine dining experiences I recommend one of the restaurants in Salamanca. For a budget friendly (and local approved meal), nothing beats fish and chips.

Day 2: Enjoying Hobart

Day 2 of this road trip in Tasmania is all about seeing more of Hobart.

  • Start the day by heading up Mt Wellington for the best views of Hobart (driving time of about an hour return from the centre of Hobart)
  • Eat lunch back at Salamanca Place. Machine Laundry Cafe is a good spot
  • Head out to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Ideally, take the ferry from the waterfront return for great views and a great experience along the way

Read our full guide to Hobart here.

Mt Wellington

Mount Wellington

Mt Wellington, also known as Kunanyi or just “the mountain” by locals, is the imposing mountain which can be seen from all around Hobart. It is a must see destination on scenic drives Tasmania.

Driving to the top of Mt Wellington is very easy. Heading through the suburb of South Hobart, you’ll pass the historic Cascade Brewery and can make your way up the mountain from here.

While driving is easy, the roads can be quite narrow and there are usually plenty of other cars making the journey. Just go slow. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the top, and there are plenty of lookouts and stops along the way to take in the view. The Springs is a particularly nice spot to stop, take a walk and grab a hot drink (and use the toilet).

Continue making your way up to the top of the mountain. Once you reach the pinnacle you’ll find plenty of parking to stop and explore. There is a good observation shelter which includes a sign with landmarks to help grasp the layout of Hobart, as well as a brief history of the site.

There are also open air lookouts dotted around to get different views of the city, as well as rocks to climb and the tall telecommunications tower which can be seen from a distance.

There are also plenty of walks you can take from here. Note that it can be snowing during the winter months (and sometimes during summer as well!), and at times the pinnacle may be closed due to poor weather. It can also get very cold and windy, and warm clothes are essential.

It’s a great place to spend a short amount of time exploring (or longer if the nature trails interest you) to take in the views and the fresh, cool air.

Address: Wellington Park TAS 7054

MONA in Hobart

If there’s one museum you’ll want to see while in Hobart, it’s MONA. This is a particularly impressive and world renowned museum, not only because of the impressiveness of the site, but also because of the weird and wonderful exhibitions.

MONA is located by a winery and the building is mostly below ground, etched into the sandstone. There really is something for everyone to enjoy here and you’ll notice interesting things at every turn.

The museum is like a labyrinth of exhibitions which are always changing, complete with tunnels, mazes, artwork, chambers, a library, bar and vending machines with beer. There are also restaurants and cafes for when you need a break.

An example of the strangeness of some of the exhibitions include the Poop Machine which kids certainly enjoy. There seems to be a large focus on the repulsiveness of the human body.

More sober exhibitions include an Egyptian sarcophagus and other ancient artifacts, as well as interesting artwork, short films and much more. Exploring the different floors is interesting in itself.

I love that they give you The O – this is a device which gives explanations on different art pieces. It’s like having your own guide and means you can learn more about the things which interest you.

Most of the museum is included in the ticket price, but there are certain exhibitions and shows which require an additional purchase. It is possible to buy tickets online. It’s definitely a must see.

Address: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011

Day 3: Lake St Clair And Strahan

Driving Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

It’s time to head out of Hobart on this option of the best road trips in Tasmania to explore the west coast.

  • After breakfast, get in the car and drive to the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre (approx driving time 2 hours 20 minutes)
  • Eat some lunch at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre and then take a hike. There are a variety of options here depending on whether you would like an easy 30 minute option like to Watersmeet or something longer
  • Drive on to Strahan (approx driving time about 2 hours)
  • Head to the local museum, West Coast Reflections, on arrival if time
  • Eat dinner at the Bushman’s Bar and Cafe. We recommend booking ahead for dinner in Strahan and note there can be a shortage of places to eat especially on a Sunday

Where To Stay In Strahan

  • BEST – Aloft Boutique Accommodation ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – Big4 Strahan Holiday Retreat ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Motel Strahan ( Click here for more details )

Click here for more Strahan accommodation options.

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair

One of the top rated Tasmania scenic drives is a visit to Lake St Clair. This is a must see spot on our suggested itinerary Tasmania.

Lake St Clair is located in Lake St Clair National Park, which is also home to Cradle Mountain. On this visit, you will see the southern end of Lake St Clair and take one of three walks to get a taste of the stunning beauty of Lake St Clair (we will visit Cradle Mountain on day 5).

From Cynthia Bay, there are three walks you can take ranging from about 30 minutes to 2 hours. It’s easy to start one walk and then extend it if you’re ready for more. The Watersmeet Walk is just a short 30 minute circuit and easy with kids and you can easily extend it to reach Platypus Bay and lamairremener tabelti.

You will need a national park pass before you visit this national park, and you can buy a pass that gives you entry to all national parks for the duration of your trip. Get yours here.

West Coast Reflections

West Coast Reflections

Upon entering Strahan on your Tasmania driving tour, it’s worth paying a visit to the West Coast Reflections museum located at the West Coast Visitor Information Centre.

This small museum offers a little background on the lives of the people on the West Coast, including Indigenous Australians and convicts, and the importance of the mining and forestry industry and the activism it gave rise to.

Inside West Coast Reflections

There’s also information on the local rainforests and caves, and if you have more time, you can see the play ‘The Ship That Never Was’ here – the longest running Tasmania play about 10 convicts hijacking the last ship built at Macquarie Harbour (a true story!).

Museum entry is cheap – only $2 for adults and $1 for children. If you have time, add it to your Tasmania holiday itinerary.

Address: The Esplanade, TAS, 7468

Day 4: Strahan

Today, you have your biggest decision of this 14 day Tasmania self drive itinerary – pick one of the first two options below (you don’t have time for both).

  • Take the amazing West Coast Wilderness Railway starting in Strahan and either returning to Strahan or finishing in Queenstown
  • Take a stunning Gordon River cruise

Read our full guide to Strahan here.

West Coast Wilderness Railway

The West Coast Wilderness Railway

Originally built to carry materials mined in Queenstown to the port of Strahan, the West Coast Wilderness Railway is not only an engineering marvel but simply the best way to see the rugged and mountainous beauty of the west coast.

From Strahan, you’ll board an old steam train which departs from Regatta Point Station and travels through the rich rainforest.

You can choose to take either a full day or half day tour, and pick from two different tiers of carriages – heritage, which is comfortable and offers drinks and snacks available for purchase, and Wilderness, which is a fully catered service including drinks and offers use of an open balcony. Note that it’s recommended to dress warm as it can get quite cold.

The train makes multiple stops along the journey depending on which tour you choose to take, and there are activities at each station included in your ticket price where you do things like sample honey, mine for gold and go on short guided walks.

The full day tour stops at Queenstown where there is a cafe and a museum, and you can choose to do extra activities like river rafting if this interests you.

The Wilderness Railway is one of the most unique and interesting ways to appreciate the beauty, history and ruggedness of the west coast.

Address: 62 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468

Gordon River Cruise

Gordon River Cruise boat

The Gordon River is famous for its stunning beauty and runs through lush cold climate rainforest. The best way to see it is with a Gordon River Cruise.

There are two main cruise lines – World Heritage Cruises and Gordon River Cruises. We took the Gordon River Cruises cruise. This luxury river cruise departs Strahan and takes you on a 6 hour journey down the Gordon River aboard the Spirit of the Wild – a boat which uses technology which makes the cruise relatively quiet so that you can truly experience the peace and tranquility of Gordon River.

Our cruise started from Strahan and sailed past the historic Macquarie Harbour to Hell’s Gate (the entrance to Gordon River from the Southern Ocean). Sailing silently down the Gordon River, the cruise stops at Heritage Landing where you can take a walk through the rainforest and see Sarah Island which was a penal colony with some interesting monuments.

Gordon River Cruise view

Along the way we were given plenty of information on the history of the area, the difficulty of navigating the harbour and the life of early settlers and convicts.

The Main Deck has two options – centre and window, and both include a lunch of Tasmanian produce. You can also choose to sit in the Premium Upper Deck, which also includes morning and afternoon tea, a viewing deck and an open bar.

The sites along the cruise are simply phenomenal and need to be experienced to be appreciated. Famous too, when conditions are right, is the reflection on the river due to the darker colour of the water. It’s an ideal way to spend a day.

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Address: 24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

Driving Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Today, it’s time to explore the Cradle Mountain part of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park on your Tasmania route.

  • After breakfast, grab supplies for a picnic and drive to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
  • From here, take a shuttle bus to Dove Lake
  • Explore this region, picking a hike that suits your taste and ability
  • Check in to your accommodation
  • Go on an after dark feeding tour at Devils@Cradle

Where To Stay At Cradle Mountain

  • BEST – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – Cradle Mountain Highlanders ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain (Dorm Rooms Available) ( Click here for more details )

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in central Tasmania, and your drive around Tasmania itinerary should definitely include a stop here.

Driving into the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre, you’ll already get a sense of the isolation of this spot and the vastness of the landscape. The Visitor Centre itself is a hive of activity where you can visit the cafe for a coffee, purchase souvenirs from the gift shop and then take the shuttle bus to Dove Lake or one of the stops on the way.

There are plenty of walks you can do from here. If you have the time, I recommend the Dove Lake walk where you’ll get excellent views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding area around Dove Lake, as well view the local flora. It’s 6 kilometres long and takes about 2.5 hours at an easy pace. The track is mostly flat and very well surfaced.

Cradle Mountain walk

If taking a long walk isn’t your thing, you can visit Dove Lake to get some amazing photos, and then go on a shorter walk closer to the visitors centre. Some good shorter walks include the Enchanted Walk (20 minutes) and the Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk (just 10 minutes return).

I recommend taking a look at the walks before you visit so you can plan one for your Tasmania trip itinerary that suits you. You can find all the walks here.

Devils@Cradle

Devils@Cradle is a wildlife sanctuary at Cradle Mountain that helps in the conservation of the threatened Tasmanian devil. You can visit the sanctuary both day and night and get up close to the Tasmanian devil, as well as the Spotted-tailed and Eastern quoll. Knowledgeable guides will give you interesting information about the lives of these animals.

The night feeding tour is really the showcase event. As Tasmanian devils are mostly nocturnal by nature, they are most active at night, and seeing a group feeding experience is a unique and fascinating experience for both kids and adults.

The night tours take about 1 hour and 15 minutes and operates between 5:30pm and 8:30pm daily.

Address: 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain TAS 7306

Day 6: Wynyard, Boat Harbour And Stanley

Driving Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

In this part of the Tasmania road trip planner, you’ll explore some of the beautiful North West coast of Tasmania.

  • After breakfast, jump in the car and head for Fossil Bluff and Table Cape near Wynyard. Switch this with Tasmazia if you have kids (approx driving time about 1 hour 20 minutes)
  • If it’s October, also visit Table Cape Tulip Farm
  • Next, head to the stunning Boat Harbour beach, especially if it’s summer (approx driving time about 15 minutes)
  • Drive on to Stanley and check into your accommodation
  • Have dinner at the Stanley Hotel Bistro

If you are planning family driving holidays Tasmania, consider heading to Tasmazia instead of the Wynyard attractions in the morning.

Where To Stay In Stanley

  • BEST – Horizon Deluxe Apartments ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – Stanley Village Waterfront Accommodation ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park ( Click here for more details )

Click here for more Stanley accommodation options.

Fossil Bluff

Fossil Bluff Wynyard

Heading north from Cradle Mountain on your driving around Tasmania itinerary, the next place to visit is Fossil Bluff.

Fossil Bluff is a stunning beach with a backdrop of cliffs. These sandstone cliffs have fossils from millions of years ago. It’s great to explore alone or with kids, and to see the fossils in the rocks and shells. There’s also a short uphill walk where you can take in the view. However, it might be a little challenging for some.

The beach itself is small and suitable for swimming in the warmer months, and there are some picnic facilities nearby, making it a great place to stop and have a picnic lunch.

Address: 26/28 Freestone Cres, Wynyard TAS 7325

Read our full guide to Wynyard here.

Table Cape lighthouse North West Tasmania

A short drive from Fossil Bluff is Table Cape, the next stop on your Tasmania driving holiday itinerary. Table Cape is a stunning site positioned on top of a dormant volcano.

From the car park at the top, there is a lockout area where on clear days you can see to over 175 kilometres away. From the car park, a short walking track leads you to the lighthouse in the distance.

Following the track which lines the cliff face, it’s quite common to see wildlife along the way. At the end of the short walk, you’ll reach the impressive Table Cape Lighthouse. Here you can read about its interesting history, see the beautiful view and the tulip farm in the distance, and see remnants of long demolished buildings.

Address: 363 Table Cape Rd, Wynyard, Tasmania 7325

Read our full guide to Table Cape here.

Table Cape Tulip Farm

Table Cape Tulip Farm

If you’re visiting Tasmania between September and October, you might be lucky enough to see the Table Cape Tulip Farm come to life. This is one of the most unique things to add to your itinerary planner Tasmania in Wynyard.

The Tulip Farm is positioned very close to the lighthouse and is open year round, but it is an absolute delight to see in spring. This is when the Tulips bloom and the annual Tulip Festival is held, a carnival-like atmosphere where people from all around the state come to see the tulips.

They are simply amazing to see with an array of colours which seemingly go on forever. The farm also has a cafe and art gallery too.

Click here for all the Wynyard accommodation options.

Boat Harbour

Boat Harbour beach

Tasmania has some beautiful beaches, and if you’re visiting in the warmer periods of late spring and summer, Boat Harbour is definitely one to add to the list.

This is a gorgeous white sand beach and, in fact, regularly rated among Australia’s top 10. It’s generally a quiet beach making it a great way to spend some time relaxing with rock pools and the frequent sighting of dolphins and seals in the distance adding to its charm.

Even if you’re not visiting during summer, it’s worth seeing the beauty of this beach and taking a quick look at the surrounding Boat Harbour area.

Read our full guide to Boat Harbour here.

Tasmazia

If you want to add something different to your Tasmania travel route which kids will praticularly enjoy, a visit to Tasmazia is perfect.

This is a super unique experience for the whole family and a lot of thought has been put in to make the experience as fun and interesting as possible. There are eight different mazes to explore (among the largest complex in the world), a lavender farm, model villages with funny names, a shop and a cafe.

You can spend hours exploring all the site has to offer, with something different on every turn, making for a super fun day for the whole family. The cafe also specialises in pancakes to keep the kids impressed.

There are model embassies from many different countries complete with satirical humour, and there are surprisingly good jokes on every turn. This is a place to keep you entertained and laughing.

Address: 500 Staverton Rd, Promised Land TAS 7306

Read our full guide to Tasmazia here.

Day 7: Stanley

Today’s part of the Tasmania two week itinerary is enjoying what scenic Stanley has to offer.

  • Have breakfast and then head to The Nut
  • Take the chairlift to the top of The Nut (or walk) and go for a walk around it
  • Next, head to Highfield Historic Site and explore the property
  • Have lunch at a bakery in town then go on a 75-minute Stanley Seal Cruise

The Nut

The showpiece of Stanley is the Nut, and it’s the main place to add to your Tasmania itinerary planner while here.

It’s impressiveness can be seen from all around Stanley and, with a captivatingly flat surface, it’s very easy to explore on foot.

There are two ways to reach the top of the Nut – either by walking or taking the chairlift. Note, the walk is difficult. It is very steep and will likely require a few stops along the way. However, it is free and rewarding.

The chairlift ride takes just 5 minutes and offers great views, but it doesn’t operate all the time and there is a fee (last time we checked it was $17 return for adults and $11 for kids).

Once you reach the top, you can take a circuit walk of the Nut, which takes about an hour. You can take in the views of Stanley and the sea. It really is a pretty site.

As the Nut is mostly flat, the walk is easy, but it can be cool and windy, so it’s advised to dress appropriately.

Address: Browns Road, Stanley, TAS 7331

Click here to read our full guide to visiting The Nut.

Highfield Historic Site

Stanley Highfield Historic Site

After walking around the Nut, head to Highfield Historic Site, which is only 3 kilometres away and offers a great chance to see an early restored Tasmanian farm house. The site has plenty of history to absorb as well as pretty manicured gardens.

The rooms and layout of the house are very well kept, and there’s some authentic and interesting furniture and paintings to see, as well as pretty views of Stanley and the water from the house.

The entrance price is $12, and it’s a great place to take in a bit of history about Stanley.

Address: Highfield, 143 Green Hills Rd, Stanley TAS 7331

Stanley Seal Cruises

Australian Fur Seal

Seals are relatively abundant around Tasmania, and one of the best ways to get a glimpse of them is with a Stanley Seal Cruise. These cruises leave twice a day – 10am and 2pm – and take about 75 minutes. They pretty much give you their guarantee that you will see an Australian Fur Seal on the cruise.

The trip is comfortable and the guides are informative, and there is usually an abundance of marine life to spot around the Nut and surrounding area. Bottle Nose Dolphins are also frequently sighted.

It’s a great way to get up close and see the seals in action. There’s also a nice cafe on the Dock, the Dockside Cafe, great for a late breakfast or lunch.

Address: 6 Wharf Rd, Stanley TAS 7331

Read our full guide to Stanley here.

Day 8: Launceston And Tamar Valley

Driving Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

In this part of the 14 day self drive Tasmania itinerary, you move on to Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city, and the Tamar Valley region.

  • Get going early so you are all set for a delicious brunch at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm in Elizabeth Town (approx driving time about 2 hours)
  • Drive to Tasmania Zoo to check out Tasmania’s wildlife  (approx driving time about 35 minutes)
  • Next, head to Cataract Gorge in Launceston. Take the chairlift one way and walk around the Gorge over the suspension bridge in the other (approx driving time about 25 minutes)
  • Take a tour of Boags Brewery
  • Drive on to Low Head and check into your accommodation  (approx driving time about 40 minutes)

Where To Stay In Low Head

  • BEST – Low Head Pilot Station ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – Low Head Tourist Park ( Click here for more details )

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is a must visit to taste some of the fantastic produce and food Tasmania is prized for.

Of course, the main event here is the raspberries, and while these are seasonal, you can find raspberry dishes all year round. You can also sample Tasmanian wine or have a full three course meal.

The farm is a beautiful setting where you can walk by the lake, and there is also play equipment and a treasure hunt for kids. You can also see alpacas and wallabies on the property, and there is an excellent shop filled with raspberry products and some free tastings.

This is a very popular place to stop for brunch, so I recommend you book ahead.

Address: 9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town TAS 7304

Click here to read our full guide to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm.

Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania Zoo

With over 100 different species to see, Tasmania Zoo is a great way to spend a couple of hours exploring. Here you can see some of the animals Tasmania and Australia are famous for, as well as rare species from all over the world.

Animals include the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Tasmanian Devil, the African Lion and the Red Panda, just to name a few. This is also the only Australia zoo with the Black Crested Macaque.

In addition to plenty of interesting animals to see, there is a food machine where you can fill a cup and to feed some of the animals, there is a cafe, toilet facilities and a BBQ area which is great if you’d like to have a picnic lunch in the bushy surroundings.

Address: 1166 Ecclestone Rd, Riverside TAS 7250

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge Launceston

In the city of Launceston you’ll find Cataract Gorge, a gorgeous place to visit with walks, places to swim in the warmer months, a cafe and restaurant, peacocks and wallabies and a chair lift (the longest single span chairlift in the world!).

A ride on the chairlift is the best way to see the beauty of this area and the natural basin below, with a single chair fitting 2 passengers comfortably.

You can take a walk around the gardens and see the peacocks and wallabies, and you can also take a walk on the suspension bridge and ride The Inclinator – a free self operated people mover which takes you from the entrance to the lawn below.

This is a pretty sensational place sitting just outside of Launceston CBD, and you can spend as long as you like exploring the area.

Address: 69 Basin Road, Launceston, TAS 7250

Boag’s Brewery

Boag’s Brewery

Tasmania’s breweries are a significant part of its history, and the Boag’s Brewery in Launceston is worth seeing if this interests you with this particular brewery operated since 1881.

The tour gives you an introduction to the beer making process, a behind the scenes look at the factory and the chance to sample different Tasmanian beers.

The tours are known for being entertaining and fun, take about 90 minutes and run most days.

Address: 39 William St, Launceston TAS 7250

Read our full guide to Launceston here.

Day 9: Tamar Valley

Our favourite part of this two weeks in Tasmania is exploring the Tamar Valley. Today, you will hopefully feel the same.

  • Start at the Low Head Maritime Museum at the Low Head Pilot Station
  • Head to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre (approx driving time about 30 minutes)
  • Pick a winery for lunch. We recommend Iron Pot Bay Vineyard (approx driving time about 15 minutes)
  • Visit Seahorse World and Platypus House (or stop at some more wineries for tastings)  (approx driving time about 20 minutes)
  • In the evening, take a Low Head penguin tour

Low Head Maritime Museum

Low Head Pilot Station and Maritime Museum

The Low Head Maritime Museum is an interesting museum where you can learn about the history of sailing in the Tamar Valley and see some relics from the past.

The museum is located among pretty cottages and positioned in the convict built Pilots’ Row – a row of four cottages – and is the oldest pilot station in Australia still operating.

The museum is quite expensive with 13 different rooms focusing on things like shipwrecks, telegraphs and communications, navigation, whaling history and more. They also have a few interactive pieces like a ship’s helm and morse code telegraph key, which makes it enjoyable for kids and adults.

Address: 399 Low Head Rd, Low Head TAS 7253

Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

Beaconsfield Mine And Heritage Centre entry

Many people in Tasmania and around Australia are familiar with the Beaconsfield Mine as this is the site where in 2006 two miners became stuck for two weeks

The site is no longer an active mine, and it’s been transformed into an interesting heritage centre providing an insight into mining, Beaconsfield and the dramatic incident and rescue in 2006.

You can also walk around the original site and appreciate the interesting and complex work done here. They’ve also been quite mindful to make this attraction interesting for kids with tunnels to crawl through, levers to pull and activities like panning for gold.

Our kids were also given a list of animals to try to locate (however although we tried hard, we failed!). There’s plenty to see here and I highly recommend taking the short drive to check it out.

Address: West St, Beaconsfield TAS 7270

Seahorse World

Seahorse World Tasmania Beauty Point

Located in Beauty Point is Seahorse World, an awesome place where you can learn about and see a surprising array of seahorses.

A visit to Seahorse World is conducted by tour, where you are taken around the facility and introduced to the world of seahorses. We were surprised with just how small they can be. You also learn about how seahorses breed and how the male is actually the one who carries the babies!

The facility is also a breeding centre, and there are several areas in the facility where the seahorses are housed, varying on their age.

You can also see other species of marine life (like endangered fish), and are given the opportunity to touch some seahorses, crabs and starfish. Tours are run hourly and I highly recommend booking ahead. It’s definitely worth a visit!

Address: 200 Flinders St, Beauty Point TAS 7270

Click here for the latest prices or read our full review here .

Platypus House

Platypus House Beauty Point Tas

Right next to Seahorse World in Beauty Point is Platypus House. This is the place to learn about platypus’ and echidnas and see them up close.

Platypus House is similar to Seahorse World in that you visit by guided tour, with tours running every hour at least. Again, I recommend booking ahead to get your preferred time.

Both echidnas and platypus’ come from the same group – Monotremes – and the guides give plenty of information on them. You’re introduced to the 14 year old male platypus, as well as a few females. We were then taken to a room with three echidnas, and sat in a circle while they fed (unphased by us!). This was very unique and interesting to see the animals so close up.

Tours take about 45 minutes and it’s a great place for families to visit for memorable close encounters with echidnas and platypus’, and one you won’t soon forget.

Low Head Penguin Tour

Low Head Penguin Tours penguins coming up the path

If there’s one thing you must do in Low Head, it’s a Low Head Penguin Tour. These amazing tours take place every evening after sunset, when the penguins return from sea and are an incredible way to see the fairy penguins.

Tours take place at the Low Head Coast Reserve. You can only access the reserve by tour in the evening, and I highly recommend this tour for the best up close encounter we have experienced with penguins. The guides are knowledgeable and experienced. I also recommend you dress warm and call up in advance to see when tours are run (it’ll be at sunset).

The group can be split into smaller groups, each with their own guide, who directs you to the beach and will likely point out other wildlife (like wallabies, bandicoots and possibly penguins) on the way.

The beach is where the majority of the penguins gather for the night. It’s an amazing thing to see. When we visited, the penguins were with babies, and the guide provided some fascinating information about the penguins.

The tour finishes up in the shop, where our kids were given stickers. It really is an incredible experience for all ages.

Address: 485 Low Head Rd, Low Head TAS 7253

Day 10: North East Tasmania

Driving Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

It’s time for a change of scenery with your Tasmanian road trips heading to the east coast.

  • Drive to Pipers Brook Vineyard to start the day with a tasting (approx driving time about 35 minutes)
  • Head to Little Blue Lake for a quick photo (approx driving time about 1 hour 5 minutes)
  • Drive into Pyengana and have lunch at the famous Pub in the Paddock (approx driving time about 50 minutes)
  • Drive on to St Columba Falls and take the short walk to these big falls (approx driving time about 10 minutes)
  • Stop for some Pyengana cheese on your way to Binalong Bay/St Helens

Read our full guide to North East Tasmania here.

Where To Stay At Binalong Bay/St Helens

Binalong Bay is the closest point to the Bay of Fires which you will be exploring tomorrow. Another option is the town of St Helens nearby which has more options.

  • BEST – Pelican Point Sanctuary ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – NRMA St Helens ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park ( Click here for more details )

Read our full guide to St Helens accommodation here.

Little Blue Lake

Little Blue Lake Tasmania

For a quick photo opportunity, I recommend stopping at Little Blue Lake. This pretty blue lake (with a less pretty history) is blue regardless of the weather.

The blue colour is the result of alluvial tin mining in the past which has left the lake a perpetual blue (and rendered it unswimmable due to heavy metal contamination).

It’s worth a quick visit and photo being located on the way to your next stop.

Address: 1753 Gladstone Rd, South Mount Cameron TAS 7264

Pub In The Paddock

Pub in the Paddock Pyengana

A well known and traditional pub to stop for lunch is the Pub In The Paddock located in Pyengana. This pub has a colourful history, being first licensed in 1880 and once had an active dance hall and picture theatre.

It’s now mostly frequented by a steady stream of tourists. However as one of the oldest pubs in Tasmania, it’s still an interesting place to have lunch.

One of the main attractions of this pub is Priscilla II, a pig that feeds on special beer which you can buy from the bar. True to its name, you can get a nice traditional pub meal here and it’s a nice, interesting place to have lunch.

Address: 250 St Columba Falls Rd, Pyengana TAS 7216

St Columba Falls

St Columba Falls Pyengana

For more of Tasmania’s best natural beauty, a visit to St Columba Falls is a must. At 90 metres tall, the falls are one of Tasmania’s highest and a stunning sight to see (and hear).

The walk to the base of the falls is easy enough on a good path and takes about 7 minutes (our 4 year old was able to do it), although it can be slippery. It’s a beautiful walk through tall trees with man ferns, sassafras and myrtle rainforest trees.

The area features a 4,200 hectare mountainous catchment area, and during times of higher rainfall, the falls become huge and thunderously loud. However, at any time, they are an incredible sight.

There is a viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can appreciate their magnificence and the power of nature, and there are walks nearby (like Halls Falls walking track) if you so wish.

Address: 395 Saint Columba Falls Road, Pyengana, Tasmania, 7216

Pyengana Dairy

Pyengana Dairy

Tasmania is well known as a destination of great cheese, and Pyengana Dairy is the place to sample the famous Pyengana cheese.

The dairy company is a place where you can get a little insight into the cheese making process. There are two windows where you can see cheese making in action and you can see cheese maturing in their cellar.

Of course, you can also sample some of their fabulous cheeses and purchase some that you enjoy. Pyengana Dairy also has a nice cafe where you can spend some time taking in the views and relaxing over a coffee or cheese platter.

Address: St Columba Falls Rd, Pyengana TAS 7216

Read our full guide to Pyengana here.

Day 11: Bay Of Fires

Today is the easiest day in this itinerary for 2 weeks in Tasmania with a beach day!

  • Explore Bay of Fires

If you are looking for a Tasmania winter itinerary, I would still keep this day. You won’t want to swim but this area is still pretty to explore and by this point of this driving itinerary Tasmania, you deserve an easier day.

Bay Of Fires

Bay of Fires Tasmania

A short drive from St Helens is Bay Of Fire and this is a must see on your Tasmania road trip.

This conservation area is famed for its magnificent beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, as well as its striking orange coloured boulders. The area is complete with walks with wildlife and beautiful nature sights, and it’s an area you can easily spend a day exploring.

Binalong Bay is one of the best known spots on the Bay Of Fires. Located at the southern end of Bay Of Fires, this is a small town where many people camp, and there are also a few nice cafes to stop for lunch.

The long beach here is a great place to swim on warmer days, or to take a walk and see the many native birds on the beach. You’ll also find the orange boulders to explore that the area is famous for.

Half way between Binalong Bay and Ansons Bay is The Gardens. This stretch contains fabulous beaches, as well as a car park and boardwalk where you can stop and take a short walk to a lookout for fabulous photos.

Other spots to see include Skeleton Bay, Policemans Point and Ansons Bay. There is a wealth of beaches and scenery to explore, and the area is likely to have you constantly stopping to see something new.

Of course, if you want to swim, it’s best to visit this area in the warmer months of the year. However, even without swimming, it’s a stunning place to explore.

Address: 280 Ansons Bay Road St Helens Tasmania 7216

Day 12: Freycinet National Park

Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The next stop on your travel itinerary Tasmania is Freycinet National Park and the stunning Wineglass Bay.

  • Drive to Freycinet National Park stopping at Freycinet Marine Farm on the way
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay

Where To Stay In Coles Bay

Coles Bay is the town at the entry to Freycinet National Park

  • BEST – Freycinet Lodge ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Swansea Backpacker Lodge ( Click here for more details )

Freycinet Marine Farm

Freycinet Marine Farm

The first place I recommend you visit in Coles Bay is Freycinet Marine Farm. Tasmania has some fantastic seafood, and Freycinet Marine Farm is the place to sample some of it straight from the sea.

This small collection of buildings is a place where you sit down for a meal or get take away. There’s plenty of seating and most of it is undercover. I highly recommend stopping here for lunch.

There isn’t a huge range of options on the menu but everything is delicious – particularly the mussels and oysters which are farmed here. They also serve chips and other seafood, and you can wash down your meal with a nice glass of wine.

Prices aren’t overly cheap but if you love seafood, it’s worth every penny. They also offer tours where they take you to their farm and you can catch and shuck your own oysters – you can’t get fresher than that!

Address: 1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park

One of the most spectacular and iconic spots in Tasmania is Wineglass Bay. The beach here is considered among the top 10 beaches in the world.

This is a very popular place to visit, and for most people it’s the main reason to visit Freycinet. You have several options here. Firstly, you can walk the uphill track to the lookout. This is a well made track and usually highly trafficked with people of all ages.

There are plenty of spots to stop along the way, and depending on your fitness level and whether or not you have kids with you, one way can take between 30 minutes to an hour.

At the top, you’re rewarded with a view from above of the gorgeous beach and coast. The lookout has plenty of room to take photos. It really is a beautiful spot.

From the lookout you can choose to hike down to the beach. However, this isn’t for everyone and most people don’t do it. It can take about 3-4 hours return and can be quite steep. However, it’s the only way to make it down to the beach.

Alternatively, you can take the Hazards Beach Circuit which starts at the car park, but this is longer and more suitable for experienced hikers. There are other walks you can do too.

The trek to the lookout is rewarding enough for most people and allows you to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of this area.

Address: Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215

Day 13: Port Arthur

Driving Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

The next stop on this driving tour Tasmania is Port Arthur to learn about Tasmania’s convict past.

  • Drive to Port Arthur Historic Site and explore the site taking the included walking and boat tours
  • Return to the site at night for the ghost tour

Where To Stay In Port Arthur

  • BEST – Port Arthur Villas ( Click here for more details )
  • MIDRANGE – NRMA Port Arthur ( Click here for more details )
  • BUDGET – Fox and Hounds Inn ( Click here for more details )

Want more options? Find our full Port Arthur accommodation guide here .

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site

The Port Arthur Historic Site is a UNESCO world heritage site and known as one of the best relics from Australia’s convict past.

Port Arthur was the most important convict gaol in Tasmania and, from the 19th century, over 12,000 convicts were sent here and not just any convict. Port Arthur was only for the worst crimes, and, over the years, it became known as one of the most brutal gaols in Australia.

Presumably, it wasn’t a nice place. However now it is an extremely popular tourist attraction and a must see destination while in Tasmania.

A ticket to Port Arthur includes full entry to the site, a 40 minute guided walking tour of the site providing some background and broad history and a 25 minute boat cruise. When you pay for your ticket, you can select your walking tour time. For this reason, I recommend booking ahead, however you can buy tickets on the day and there’s also a gift shop, restaurant and cafe.

You can then explore the prison by yourself. It is very extensive with buildings (both restored and in ruins), gardens, walks and other interesting relics from the past. The separate restored prison is also a must see and gives you a feeling of what life must of been like for these convicts. We also really enjoyed exploring the old houses.

Port Arthur Historic Site

The included cruise sails the harbour past the Isle of the Dead – a burial spot for convicts – and you can also purchase an additional tour to explore this island.

There’s also after dark tours you can do, the most well known being the Port Arthur Ghost Tour. There’s been many reported paranormal events at Port Arthur which has resulted in this very popular 90 minute tour with an entertaining guide where you’re told both funny and creepy ghost stories and asked to judge for yourself whether ghosts exist!

It really is a fabulous place to visit.

Address: Historic Site, Visitor Centre, Port Arthur TAS 7182

Read our full guide to Port Arthur here.

Day 14: Back To Hobart

Driving Time: 1 hours 45 minutes

It’s time for the final day of your Tasmania travel itinerary 🙁 Head back to Hobart ready to fly out. If you started with this itinerary at another point, head back to the top for day one.

  • Drive to Doo Town and check out the funny house names (approx driving time 30 minutes)
  • Discover the Blow Hole and Tessellated Pavement
  • Head back to Hobart visiting Richmond if you haven’t already (see day one)

Doo Town

In the pretty location of Eaglehawk Neck is the quirky town of Doo Town.

Doo Town is a place where the majority of the homes are named using the word “doo”. This is a trend that started in 1935 and continues today, and it’s an entertaining place to drive around and spot all the different names.

Some are quite funny to see and it’s clever how many names they’ve created. There’s even a cafe nearby, aptly named Doo-lishus. The town is positioned adjacent to water on the Tasman peninsula – a beautiful spot to see in its own right.

Address: 301 C338, Eaglehawk Neck, TAS 7179

Read our full guide to Doo Town here.

Blow Hole And Tessellated Pavement

Blow hole, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

Eaglehawk Neck has several fascinating geological sites, and one particularly famous is the Blow Hole. From the car park, it’s just a short walk to the Blow Hole, a very interesting site to see set in a beautifully scenic location.

Once a small cave, the water has patiently eroded the rock which has resulted in the blowhole effect seen today. To see the Blow Hole in action, you need to visit during a time of high tide. However at any time it’s still an impressive site to see.

A short 10 minute drive from the Blow Hole is the Tessellated Pavement. This is one of the most photographed spots in Tasmania, and is a natural phenomenon of tiled rock due to a combination of erosion and salt crystals of the Tasman sea.

Tesselated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck

You can get right up close to the pavement but I recommend wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. Note also the tide can come in! It’s an impressive site to see and an extremely rare phenomenon which is just another example of the uniqueness of Tasmania’s wilderness.

Address: Eaglehawk Neck, TAS 7179

Tasmania Itinerary 12 Days

If you are looking for a 12 day Tasmania self drive itinerary, I recommend dropping one of the following stops:

  • Tamar Valley
  • Bay of Fires

Pick whichever seems the least interesting to you.

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days

3 weeks in Tasmania? Lucky you! With some extra time, I recommend you take the above a bit slower and add an extra night to:

  • Strahan – if you would like to do both the Gordon River cruise and West Coast Wilderness Railway
  • Cradle Mountain – if you like hiking
  • Low Head – if you like wineries
  • Coles Bay – if you like beach towns
  • Hobart – if you want to visit more museums and attractions

The Neck Bruny Island things to do

I also recommend you add a couple of days at the end of your Tasmania trip plan on Bruny Island. Read more about Bruny Island here .

If you are looking for adults-only Tasmania itinerary ideas, consider a couple of nights at Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair. Read more about this here .

There’s also many other national parks to explore. One of the most visited from Hobart is Mt Field National Park. It’s about a one hour drive from Hobart, and from here you can do an easy 15 minute walk to see the stunning and iconic Russell Falls.

Final Words About Your Road Trip Tasmania Adventure!

Tasmania road, The Nut And A Penguin Road Sign At Stanley

With so many natural wonders, excellent food, history, museums and sites, Tasmania is a fantastic place to visit with a wealth of experiences waiting to be had.

This 14 day itinerary has focused on the top things to do in the state and, by following it, you’ll be sure to have an action packed, exciting yet still relaxing holiday.

We hope you enjoyed this best Tasmania itinerary, perfect for your Tasmanian road trip. You can find more information to plan your perfect trip to Tasmania  here , read our 4-5 day itinerary here , 7 day here , or 10 day here . For more planning guides, click here . You can also buy our full Tasmanian Road Trip Planner here.

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By Shan Hutchinson

Shan grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.

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Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary | 17 days around Van Diemen’s Land

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THE BEST TASMANIA ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1: arrive hobart > coles bay.

We flew from Brisbane to Hobart direct with Virgin Australia arriving around midday. We opted to collect our rental car from Hobart CBD rather than Hobart Airport as we calculated a material difference in price. We caught an Uber from Hobart Airport to Hobart CBD (approx AUD $33) to collect our rental car before backtracking out east to Coal River Farm for a late lunch at the farmhouse kitchen. Coal River Farm is open 7 days a week for breakfast or lunch as well as high cheese tastings and chocolate delights. It serves modern Australian cuisine, real hot chocolates and has plenty of fine produce for you to take away with you. From our late lunch spot, we drove north 2 hours 30 minutes to Coles Bay. We broke up this drive with short stops at Orford and Swansea but unfortunately, had to skip the Tasman Peninsula and Maria Island on this trip. TIP: If you book accommodation in Coles Bay with a kitchen and plan to cook meals, be conscious that the IGAs close between 6.00 – 7.00pm. The closest IGAs are in Swansea and Bicheno. The Iluka General Store in Coles Bay is open daily between 7.30am – 7.30pm but may have limited meal supplies.

Wandering over the rocks at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet National Park

DAY 2: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

We gave ourselves two full days to explore Freycinet National Park. We woke relatively early on day one so that we could start hiking in Freycinet National Park to beat the rain and the crowds.

We chose to walk up to Wineglass Bay Lookout , a completely marked trail up rugged coastal hills offering panoramic views over Coles Bay first before you reach the lookout overlooking famous Wineglass Bay. From the carpark, the hike will take approximately 40 minutes at a steady pace.

MUST KNOW! To visit National Parks in Tasmania, you need to have a valid National parks pass. Details of the different types of park passes, length of validity and prices can be found HERE . We purchased a Holiday Pass for AUD $80 (valid for 2 months across all National Parks in Tasmania including Cradle Mountain as at November / December 2021). To book your parks pass, click HERE .

The weather turned bad for us this morning so we decided to head back down and explore the surrounding area instead. Here are some options for you on those wet weather days:

Granite Freycinet – a cafe in Coles Bay serving coffee, breakfast rolls, muffins, jam doughnuts, sandwiches and light snacks. Open 7 days. A tad expensive in our view but is understandable remembering the fairly remote location. Food quality and service are solid.

Freycinet Marine Farm – a must visit for any seafood fans. Here, you can taste some of Tasmania’s best fresh seafood. Oysters and mussels are harvested daily from the marine farm, whilst scallops, abalone, fish and rock lobster are sourced from local fisherman.

Bevan sampled a plate of six natural oysters with different toppings including shallot, wakame, apple cider vinegar, cucumber, native finger lime, mirin, creme fraiche, salmon caviar and wasabi. The restaurant has an undercover seating area on a wooden deck and outdoor picnic-style area on a bed of old oyster shells.

Interested folk can book a water or land-based tour of the farm through the partner business, Oyster Bay Tours .

Devil’s Corner Cellar Door – Only 30 minutes drive from Coles Bay will bring you to Devil’s Corner Cellar Door. A popular pit stop along the East Coast, visitors can drop in for wine tastings, lunch and a short climb to the lookout, offering views over Hazards vineyard and the brooding ocean.

Bicheno – Bicheno is a small seaside town 15 minutes drive from Coles Bay. It is famous for being home to nesting fairy penguins. The penguins come to shore around dusk but numbers and times will vary all-year round. Other sights include the Bicheno Blowhole and the Lobster Shack is a popular eatery to sample Tasmania’s best lobster roll.

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DAY 3: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

The weather gods were on our side on day two. We set off earlyish again, our destination being Wineglass Beach. Given that Jasmine was 19 weeks pregnant, we deemed it unsafe to attempt Mt Amos as it required some bouldering and scrambling to get to the summit. Perhaps we will attempt this hike later on in life! If you are planning on climbing Mt Amos, make sure to have the right equipment with you and hike with at least one other person. Also be mindful of the weather conditions.

The walk up to Wineglass Bay Lookout takes about 40 minutes and then from here, it is around another 40 minutes down to Wineglass Beach. It is a completely marked trail and it is practically all stairs. If you’re coming back this way (like we did), factor in some extra time for the uphill climb. The sand down on Wineglass Bay Beach is pristine and reminds us of the sand on Whitehaven Beach up in tropical North Queensland. On a sunny day, the ocean water gleams a sparkling turquoise but despite visiting at the beginning of summer, it was still a cool 17 – 18 degrees in the water!

You can complete the Hazards Circuit, either in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction which will take you past Wineglass Bay Beach either way.

RECOMMENDATION! Other than a decent water supply, we recommend packing a good supply of snacks or a packed lunch.

A half day hike deserves a reward so pop into The Ice Creamery to sample their Tasmanian ice cream. Depending on when you return from your hike, you could eat a fish and chips lunch here.

For our last dinner in Coles Bay, we booked a table at The Bay Restaurant in Freycinet Lodge. Reminiscent of a dated ski chalet, almost every table from inside the restaurant offers a glimpse of the bay. 

If you have time, a drive up to Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Lookout is also an option. The road is sealed but quite steep. There is a boardwalk around the lighthouse and lookout over Carp Bay. Take a windbreaker because it gets mighty windy up there.

Morning stillness at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet National Park

DAY 4: FREYCINET > BAY OF FIRES

From Freycinet National Park, we continued up the east coast of Tasmania. 

If you haven’t visited Bicheno, take the time to visit the Bicheno blowhole, dine at the famous Lobster Shack or pick up a pastry at Little Bay Patisserie .

The drive from Freycinet to Binalong Bay is around 1 hour 40 minutes. A great pit stop on the way to Binalong Bay is Swims East Coast Coffee . The tiny cafe is housed in a converted shipping container but has a lovely wooden deck out the front and plenty of bean bags and crates to lounge and sit in the lovely sunshine.

Then, a bit further up, we recommend pulling into Shelly Point, Beaumaris. There is a lookout as well as a gorgeous sandy beach which we would have loved to lounge on if we had a bit longer.

The famous flaming boulders known as the Bay of Fires stretches from Binalong Bay up to the Gardens, the base of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

If you need to pick up supplies for snacks or your own meals, make sure to stop at St Helen’s township where there is an IGA and East Coast Providore.

We checked into the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat for two nights which was the perfect base for exploring this part of the east coast of Tasmania.

Bell tents at dusk at Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, Binalong Bay Tasmania

DAY 5: BAY OF FIRES

The flaming orange boulders begin as far south as Freycinet National Park but the core area for exploring and discovering the Bay of Fires is further north stretching from Binalong Bay up to the Gardens, which is at the southern tip of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

There are several campsites along this part of the coast. They are all free however they are all unpowered. You’ll discover so many coves, beaches and boulders. All public access starts with the Gardens at the very top and stretches all the way down to Skeleton Reserve in Binalong Bay.

To find and swim safely in the rock pools, you’ll need to check the tide times because they will not be evident at low tide.

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW | BAY OF FIRES BUSH RETREAT

Day 6: binalong bay > goulds country.

From Binalong Bay, we headed west into Goulds Country. One popular destination is Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe where visitors can come for a farmhouse lunch and then watch the cows being milked or cheese being made through the cheese windows.

We were fortunate to be invited to stay at The Keep Tasmania in Goulds Country. This secluded retreat is the ultimate couples getaway so make sure to check out our review for more information. The outdoor bath will make you want to book immediately.

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW | THE KEEP TASMANIA

Day 7: the keep tasmania > derby > launceston.

Waking up at The Keep was luxuriously peaceful without any shrill alarms, only the soft serenading from the birds.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to linger and had to make a move for our booking at the now famous Floating Sauna Lake Derby .

Derby is a world-famous mountain biking region with several boutique B&Bs and stays popping up in the township to accommodate enthusiastic riders. Other than the trails, a floating sauna sits on the edge of Lake Derby, welcoming guests to sweat it out in the sauna before jumping into the freshwater lake.

We booked a Shared Sauna Session at $45 per person and ended up sharing the one hour experience with another Queensland couple. We briefly considered booking a private session for one hour but at a cost of $225 for the hour, we decided not to and we’re glad we didn’t. It’s a maximum of 5 people per session and there was enough time and space for each couple to take photos plus enjoy the sauna and cold plunge experience. Advance bookings are a must.

From Derby, we made a brief pit stop at Bridestowe Lavender Estate but we were a few weeks too early to see the lavender field in full bloom. Instead, we sampled the lavender scones and lavender and honey ice cream before continuing the drive through the countryside to Launceston.

It was self check-in at our accommodation, Change Overnight Hotel , perfectly positioned on York Street where we could leave our car and walk into the CBD.

Given our weakness for fine food, we booked ourselves a table at the highly lauded Stillwater. The entire dining experience was superb and we certainly recommend it if your budget stretches this far and/or you are interested in fine dining. The sommeliers are also able to provide recommendations for local wineries in the Tamar Valley.

Sitting on the pontoon at Lake Derby | Floating Sauna Lake Derby

HOTEL REVIEW | CHANGE OVERNIGHT HOTEL

Day 8: launceston / tamar valley.

As many of the cellar doors don’t open until 10 – 11am, you have some time to wander the streets of Launceston and nab a spot of breakfast.

We recommend Bread + Butter for pastries or a bigger breakfast, Off Center for a cup of coffee and Hope & Me for beautiful homewares and gifts.

We planned our afternoon exploring the vineyards in the Tamar Valley based on recommendations from friends and the wine list at Stillwater. If you don’t have a designated driver, you can also book a half day or full day tour so that you can sit back, drink and dine, all whilst soaking up beautiful views of the vines.

For more ideas, check out this extensive Tamar Valley wineries guide by The Bucket List Seekers.

Walking through vineyards in the Tamar Valley

CHECK OUT OUR LAUNCESTON CITY GUIDE

Day 9: cradle to coast | launceston > stanley.

Our last morning in Launceston was a Saturday so we were fortunate to swing by Harvest Market to check out the local wares whilst picking up some coffee and pastries too.

Afterwards, we stopped at Cataract Gorge . This beautiful nature spot is so close to Launceston CBD featuring walking trails, a suspension bridge, a chairlift and swimming pool.

The drive from Launceston to Stanley is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes direct, however, we’d encourage you to factor in at least half a day if not an entire day to make your way up to the north-west.

The Cradle to Coast trail is a gastronomic treasure hunt where you’re invited and encouraged to sample local food and beverages from many different Tasmanian businesses. This part of the state would need to be factored in as part of a north-west Tasmania road trip.

Some places may need reservations whilst others could have seasonal trading hours so if there’s a spot you don’t want to miss, check ahead before arriving on the doorstep disappointed. En route to Stanley, we stopped in at Dixie Blue Gelato , Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe , Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door , House of Anvers , Buttons Brew Pub and The Chapel .

We arrived mid-afternoon in Stanley and self-checked-in to our accommodation, The Ship Inn Stanley . 

TIP! Unless your Stanley accommodation has cooking facilities, you’re likely to be eating out but dinner options are limited in Stanley. Advance reservations are advised, particularly on weekends and peak season.

HOTEL REVIEW | THE SHIP INN STANLEY

Day 10: stanley.

Our accommodation included breakfast but there are some cafes along the high street if you need coffee and some fuel including The Brown Dog Cafe , Moby Dick’s Breakfast Bar and The Speckled Hen Cafe .

After breakfast, we decided to climb The Nut . The core of an extinct volcano, this geological formation protrudes from the mainland, towering over the town at 152 metres, overlooking Bass Straight and out to Rocky Cape National Park. 

After our extensive morning walk, we stopped in for a light lunch at The Brown Dog Cafe before hopping on the bicycles available at our accommodation and going for a wee ride down by the water. 

At dusk, we headed back to Godfrey’s Beach Penguin Viewing Platform to catch sight of the little penguins returning to their nests on the shore. The wait is worth it and the viewing is free!

READ HERE | A BRIEF GUIDE TO STANLEY

Day 11: stanley > cradle mountain.

We departed Stanley after breakfast and made our way down to Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

We arrived mid-afternoon so still had time to ask any questions at the Visitor Centre, obtain our shuttle bus passes and head into the park to complete one of the short walks. This short visit also meant we could assess the car park situation (refer to Day 12 note below). 

We hopped off the bus at Dove Lake and decided to do a short walk back to Ronny Creek. This is the perfect spot to spy the wombats grazing in the open field and on the hillside. Some even clamber up on the boardwalk! The wombats are most active around dusk.

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DAY 12: CRADLE MOUNTAIN - LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK

We rose in the dark and drove to the Ronny Creek car park, arriving just after sunrise. The walk from the carpark up to Dove Lake took us approximately 35 minutes along the sealed road. Although we were not positioned at the edge of Dove Lake for sunrise, our timing was actually quite perfect as the sun was still behind the mountain tops.

After taking photos by the lake, we caught the first shuttle bus back to our car at Ronny Creek car park, repacked our backpacks and set off on the first part of the Overland Track aiming for Marion’s Peak.

We made it to the base of Marion Peak and decided that Bevan would ascend solo because the route would be too dangerous for Jasmine at 19 weeks pregnant. Fortunately we were blessed with a clear weather day and the views from this point were breathtaking. Once Bevan returned, we headed towards Dove Lake, passing by Wombat Pool, before catching the shuttle bus back to the Visitor Centre.

All in all, this one way short trek took longer than we had planned. It was hotter than we anticipated and we probably should have packed a bit more water and snacks. With a day pack and hiking buddy, it’s certainly a manageable and scenic route.

We grabbed lunch at Elements Cafe next to Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre before catching the bus back to our car at Ronny Creek. Mid-afternoon, we walked along the boardwalk from Ronny Creek up to Snake Hill.

NOTE! As of December 2021, visitors are permitted to drive into the National Park before the shuttle buses start running and park as far as Ronny Creek car park. You are not permitted to drive up to Dove Lake car park as it is currently a construction site. You cannot drive into the National Park once the shuttle buses start running, at approximately 8.00am. To exit the National Park, you must follow one of the shuttle buses out of the park as the road is very narrow in parts and the drivers communicate with walkie talkies. If you do not follow a bus out of the National Park, you risk a fine and should you have an accident, your insurance will not cover any loss.

DAY 13: CRADLE MOUNTAIN > STRAHAN

We hopped onto the first shuttle bus into the park and completed the Dove Lake Circuit. Out of all the short walks in the area, this is probably the flattest and most manageable, particularly if you are concerned about mobility.. The trail is marked, a mix of wooden boardwalks, gravel and stone stairs and is partially shaded too. We completed the circuit in around 2.5 hours (recommended estimated time is 2 – 3 hours).

From Cradle Mountain, we began our drive down to Strahan . The drive on the western side consists of more forest scenery and the last section along the Lyell Highway is a windy 40 minutes. If you have a weak stomach and are prone to motion sickness, this will be an unpleasant drive for you into Strahan.

We unfortunately didn’t leave enough time to explore Strahan and in hindsight, we should have factored in an extra night with a full day so that we could book a day tour on the Gordon River. 

Other attractions include Hogarth Falls and a train ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway .

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DAY 14: STRAHAN > HOBART

We departed Strahan early, given the 4 hour drive to Hobart. En route, we stopped at Lake St Clair to have a peek at Pumphouse Point . 

We arrived in Hobart just after 1pm and returned our rental car to the car rental agency before checking into MOSS Hotel .

We found Hobart CBD to be quite walkable to plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops. If we had held onto our rental car a little longer, other places we would have liked to visit include Mt Wellington and North Hobart .

TIP! The majority of car parking in Hobart CBD is metered. If you’ve booked a hotel, don’t presume your hotel can provide parking as space is limited. It would be wise to check with hotel management before you arrive to plan accordingly.

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Day 15: hobart.

For breakfast, we took ourselves for sweet treats at Jackman & McRoss and to Lady Hester before our adventure out to MONA.

We decided to catch the ferry to and from MONA and with our hotel perfectly located in Salamanca Place, it was a short walk across the square to the ferry terminal. The ferry ride is approximately 25 minutes but you then need to climb 90 steps at the other end to reach the entrance to MONA.

A visit to MONA requires at least 3 hours but you could easily spend an entire day out at the museum and its grounds. There are lunch and dinner options available; some restaurants require reservations. Advance bookings for tickets, ferry transport and restaurants are always recommended.

David Walsh, the owner of MONA is also the patron of Dark MOFO in winter so if you find yourself in Hobart during the colder months, check the calendar for this epic event.

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Day 16: hobart.

Our last full day in Hobart was a Saturday so we were lucky to wake up on the doorstep of Salamanca Place and the famed weekly Salamanca Markets .

The markets didn’t have as many food stalls as we expected so we ate a full breakfast at Straight Up Coffee & Food before coming back to browse the market stalls.

Early evening, we made our way to sonny , a hole in the wall wine bar in the CBD which locals definitely want to keep secret. This is a great spot for a pre-drink before dinner plans. We nabbed a window seat at Frank Restaurant down at Hobart wharf, where the South American share plates were the perfect way to end our amazing Tasmanian road trip.

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Day 17: hobart > home.

We returned to Battery Point for an Italian breakfast at Cibo e Vino before enjoying a final coffee at Somewhere Coffee Bar .

Our Tasmanian road trip completely exceeded our expectations and we are super happy to have had the chance to explore this beautiful part of Australia. If you are looking for a mix of nature and city, Tasmania is an ideal destination for you. We hope that our Tasmania road trip itinerary will be the inspiration to help plan your own Tasmania itinerary.

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The Ultimate Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary: 7 Days of Adventure

Table of contents.

  • Tasmania Hotel Review
  • Water Activities In Tasmania
  • Transport In Tasmania
  • Tasmania West Coast
  • Tasmania North West
  • Tasmania Launceston & North
  • Tasmania King Island
  • Tasmania Hobart & South
  • Tasmania Flinders Island
  • Tasmania Events and Festivals
  • Tasmania East Coast
  • Tasmania Culture
  • Religion in Tasmania
  • Night Life In Tasmania
  • Couple Travel In Tasmania
  • Budget Travel Tips Tasmania

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Get ready to embark on the ultimate adventure as you hit the open road and explore the stunning landscapes of Tasmania.

In just 7 days, you’ll journey through picturesque towns, hike through breathtaking national parks, and indulge in the flavors of the Tamar Valley wine region.

From the rugged wilderness of Cradle Mountain to the historic beauty of Port Arthur, this road trip will take you on a journey like no other.

So buckle up and get ready for a week of excitement and exploration in Tasmania.

Key Takeaways

  • Hobart and its surrounding areas offer a diverse range of experiences, from exploring markets and indulging in the food scene to immersing oneself in the vibrant city atmosphere.
  • The stunning East Coast of Tasmania is a must-visit, with its scenic coastal drive, iconic lookout points like Wineglass Bay, picturesque towns like Bicheno, and opportunities to spot unique wildlife.
  • Freycinet National Park is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, with its scenic trails, encounters with native animals, diverse landscapes, and breathtaking sunrise views over Wineglass Bay.
  • Cradle Mountain is a wilderness destination that offers pristine hiking trails, enchanting forests, mirror-like lakes, majestic peaks, and picturesque landscapes that are perfect for photography.

Day 1: Exploring Hobart and Surrounding Areas

On day 1, you’ll start your adventure in Hobart and explore the surrounding areas. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant city and all it has to offer.

Begin by exploring Hobart’s markets, where you can browse through a wide array of fresh produce, local crafts, and delicious treats. The Salamanca Market, held every Saturday, is a must-visit, filled with bustling stalls and lively atmosphere.

After working up an appetite, indulge in Hobart’s food scene. From trendy cafes to award-winning restaurants, the city is a paradise for food lovers. Sample fresh seafood, indulge in artisanal chocolates, and savor the flavors of Tasmania.

As you savor your last bite, get ready to embark on day 2: discovering the stunning east coast, where breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable experiences await.

Day 2: Discovering the Stunning East Coast

Discover the stunning East Coast of Tasmania on Day 2. You’ll have the opportunity to explore breathtaking beaches and charming coastal towns. Start your day by driving along the Great Eastern Drive, a scenic coastal route that offers spectacular views of the Tasman Sea.

Stop at the iconic Wineglass Bay lookout for a panoramic view of the pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters. Afterward, head to the picturesque town of Bicheno and visit the beautiful beaches, where you can relax and soak up the sun. Don’t miss the chance to spot some unique wildlife, such as penguins and fur seals.

As the day comes to an end, you’ll be ready to embark on Day 3, filled with exciting hiking trails and wildlife encounters in Freycinet National Park.

Day 3: Hiking and Wildlife Encounters in Freycinet National Park

Ready for an adventure-filled day in Freycinet National Park? Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore the scenic trails and encounter incredible wildlife.

As you trek through the park, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, from rugged mountains to pristine beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for native animals like wallabies, wombats, and even the elusive Tasmanian devil.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and create unforgettable encounters in Freycinet.

Scenic Trails and Wildlife

You can spot incredible wildlife while exploring the scenic trails in Tasmania. As you venture into the wilderness, the lush greenery surrounding you is a stark contrast to the vibrant hues of the native animals you’ll encounter along the way.

Picture yourself hiking through diverse landscapes, from rugged cliffs to ancient rainforests, all while being serenaded by the sounds of nature.

Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic Tasmanian devil, a feisty and elusive marsupial that calls this island home. Or perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the adorable quokka, known for its friendly demeanor and photogenic smile.

Whether it’s spotting wallabies hopping through the underbrush or hearing the melodious song of native birds, the wildlife encounters on Tasmania’s scenic trails are sure to leave you in awe.

As you continue your journey, prepare to be captivated by even more incredible nature encounters in Freycinet National Park.

Nature Encounters in Freycinet

While exploring Freycinet, don’t miss the opportunity to witness breathtaking sunrises over the iconic Wineglass Bay. This stunning coastal paradise offers more than just picturesque views.

For birdwatching enthusiasts, Freycinet National Park is a haven. The diverse range of habitats attracts a wide variety of bird species, such as the striking black cockatoos and the colorful rosellas.

Take a leisurely stroll along the coastal walks, where you can spot native wildlife and soak in the refreshing ocean breeze. The Peninsula Circuit is a popular trail, offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline and secluded beaches.

After immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Freycinet, it’s time to hit the road and continue your adventure.

Transitioning into day 4: road tripping through the wilderness of Cradle Mountain.

Day 4: Road Tripping Through the Wilderness of Cradle Mountain

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Cradle Mountain as you hike through its pristine wilderness trails. Immerse yourself in the untouched nature and capture stunning photographs of the picturesque landscapes.

Here’s what you can expect on your wilderness exploration and nature photography adventure:

Enchanting Forests: Wander through ancient forests filled with towering trees and moss-covered rocks. The air is crisp and fresh, and the sound of birdsong fills the air.

Mirror-like Lakes: Discover tranquil lakes that perfectly reflect the surrounding mountains. The mirror-like surface creates a surreal and awe-inspiring sight that is perfect for capturing beautiful photographs.

Majestic Peaks: Marvel at the towering peaks of Cradle Mountain as they pierce through the clouds. The rugged beauty of these mountains will leave you in awe and provide a stunning backdrop for your nature photography.

As you bid farewell to Cradle Mountain, get ready to embark on an adventure exploring the quirky towns of the northwest.

Day 5: Exploring the Quirky Towns of the North West

Get ready to explore the quirky towns of the North West and discover their unique attractions.

From charming coastal villages to historic landmarks, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant region.

And while you’re there, don’t miss out on the chance to indulge in the delicious local food experiences that will truly tantalize your taste buds.

Unique Attractions in NW

Don’t miss out on the unique attractions in NW Tasmania during your road trip adventure.

As you explore the charming towns of the North West, make sure to discover the hidden gems and offbeat attractions that this region has to offer.

Start your day by visiting the Tarkine Forest Adventures, where you can take a thrilling zipline tour through the lush rainforest.

Then, head to the Dip Falls and Big Tree Reserve, where you can marvel at the towering Big Tree and the picturesque waterfall.

Next, make your way to the quirky town of Stanley and take a chairlift ride up to the iconic Nut, a volcanic plug offering stunning panoramic views.

With these unique attractions, your road trip in NW Tasmania is bound to be an adventure like no other.

And now, it’s time to dive into the local food experiences that await you in this region.

Local Food Experiences

After exploring the unique attractions in Northwest Tasmania, it’s time to indulge in the culinary delights that this beautiful region has to offer. Tasmania is known for its fresh produce and vibrant food scene, and you won’t be disappointed with the local food markets here.

Salamanca Market: Located in Hobart, this bustling market is a food lover’s paradise. Wander through the stalls filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and gourmet treats.

Farm Gate Market: If you’re in the mood for organic and locally sourced ingredients, head to Farm Gate Market in Hobart. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal produce, meats, and baked goods.

Harvest Launceston: This vibrant market in Launceston showcases the best of Tasmania’s local food scene. From farm-fresh produce to homemade preserves and delicious street food, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Burnie Farmers Market: Located in Burnie, this market is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Sample the region’s finest cheeses, meats, seafood, and artisanal products.

As you explore the local food markets, get ready for an exciting day ahead in Port Arthur, where you’ll uncover the history and beauty of this captivating destination.

Day 6: Uncovering the History and Beauty of Port Arthur

Visiting Port Arthur offers a chance to explore its fascinating history and stunning natural landscapes.

Start your day by immersing yourself in Port Arthur’s haunted history. Take a guided tour of the infamous Port Arthur Historic Site, where you’ll learn about the convict past and the ghostly tales that still linger in the air. As you wander through the old buildings and ruins, you can’t help but feel a sense of eeriness and wonder.

After diving into the past, it’s time to explore the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. Embark on a scenic drive along the coastline, where you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of rugged cliffs and crystal-clear waters. Stop by the Remarkable Cave and marvel at its unique rock formations.

End your day with a tranquil sunset at the Tasman Arch, where the waves crash against the cliffs in a mesmerizing display of nature’s power.

As you bid farewell to Port Arthur, get ready for a day of relaxation and indulgence in the Tamar Valley wine region.

Day 7: Relaxing and Indulging in the Tamar Valley Wine Region

Start your day by savoring a glass of locally-produced wine in the Tamar Valley Wine Region. As you explore this picturesque region, you’ll discover a world of vineyards and wineries just waiting to be explored.

Here are four reasons why you should include wine tasting and vineyard tours in your itinerary:

Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Tamar Valley, with its rolling hills and lush vineyards.

Indulge in a variety of award-winning wines, from crisp whites to full-bodied reds, as you sample the best that the region has to offer.

Learn about the winemaking process and the passion that goes into creating each bottle, as you take a guided tour of one of the many vineyards.

Pair your wine with delicious local produce, such as cheeses and chocolates, for the ultimate gastronomic experience.

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or simply appreciate the finer things in life, a visit to the Tamar Valley Wine Region is a must on your Tasmania road trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to rent a car for this road trip, or are there alternative transportation options available.

If you’re wondering whether you need to rent a car for this road trip, there are alternative transportation options available.

Public transportation options in Tasmania include buses and ferries, which can take you to popular destinations. However, it’s worth considering the cost comparison of renting a car versus using alternative transportation.

Renting a car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and access more remote areas, but it may be more expensive than relying solely on public transportation.

Are There Any Specific Permits or Fees Required for Hiking in Freycinet National Park?

Sure, you’ve got the itch to explore Freycinet National Park on your Tasmania road trip. But before you lace up those hiking boots, let’s talk permits and fees.

Yes, my friend, you’ll need a park pass to wander these stunning trails. But fear not, it won’t break the bank. Just a small fee, and you’re good to go.

So grab your gear, hop in your car (or find those alternative transportation options), and get ready for some epic hiking adventures!

What Are Some Recommended Wildlife Viewing Spots in Freycinet National Park?

If you’re looking for recommended wildlife viewing spots in Freycinet National Park, you’re in for a treat! The park is home to a diverse range of animals, including wallabies, wombats, and a variety of bird species.

For the best chances of wildlife sightings, head to the Hazards Beach area or take a stroll along the Wineglass Bay Lookout track. Keep your eyes peeled during the early morning or late afternoon when animals are most active.

Are There Any Guided Tours or Excursions Available in Cradle Mountain for Those Who Prefer Not to Hike?

Looking for guided tours or excursions in Cradle Mountain that don’t involve hiking? You’re in luck!

There are plenty of options for wildlife viewing and exploring the stunning scenery without having to hit the trails.

From guided wildlife tours where you can spot unique Tasmanian animals, to scenic drives that offer breathtaking vistas, there’s something for everyone.

Can You Recommend Any Unique Shops or Attractions in the Quirky Towns of the North West?

Looking for unique shops and must-visit attractions in the quirky towns of the northwest? You’re in luck!

From the charming boutiques in Devonport to the vibrant markets in Burnie, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss the iconic Don River Railway in Don, where you can hop on a vintage steam train and take in the breathtaking views.

And be sure to explore the fascinating history of Stanley, with its quaint shops and the famous Nut to climb.

Congratulations on completing your 7-day road trip adventure through Tasmania! From the vibrant city of Hobart to the stunning East Coast, wildlife encounters in Freycinet National Park, and the wilderness of Cradle Mountain, you’ve experienced an incredible journey.

The quirky towns of the North West and the historical beauty of Port Arthur have also left a lasting impression. And let’s not forget the exquisite wines you indulged in at the Tamar Valley Wine Region.

Having explored Tasmania’s diverse landscapes, encountered its unique wildlife, and experienced its rich history and culture, I wholeheartedly recommend this road trip to anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure. Tasmania’s beauty and charm will captivate nature lovers, history buffs, and wine enthusiasts alike.

The abundance of vineyards and the production of some of Australia’s finest cool-climate wines make Tasmania a must-visit destination for wine lovers. The Tamar Valley Wine Region in particular offers a delightful experience for wine enthusiasts, with its picturesque vineyards and cellar doors.

So, if you’re looking for an extraordinary road trip that combines breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history, and the opportunity to indulge in world-class wines, Tasmania should be at the top of your list. Start planning your ultimate road trip today and get ready for an adventure like no other!

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The Perfect Tasmania East Coast Road Trip Itinerary for One Week

The Perfect Tasmania East Coast Road Trip Itinerary for One Week

Are you planning a road trip in Tasmania and looking for some inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! We recently spent one week in Tasmania visiting all the highlights along the beautiful east coast. We think this Tasmania self-drive itinerary is the perfect way to spend 6 days in Tasmania!

Along with my two friends, Amy and Sarah from Mooski Adventures , we set off in a trusty Mitsubishi Triton thanks to Europcar – it was the perfect car for an adventurous Tasmania road trip!

Our one week Tasmania itinerary commenced with exploring the vibrant capital city, Hobart. It took us to Australian bucket list hotspots such as the Bay of Fires and Freycinet National Park, along the popular Tasmania east coast road trip route called the “ Great Eastern Drive “. We finished up our week in the picturesque city of Launceston and wine tasting at some of the fabulous wineries in the Tamar Valley .

With its rugged wilderness, breathtaking scenery, fresh seafood, and a plethora of fabulous food and wine producers – we think Tasmania’s east coast is one of the most stunning places in Australia .

this Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary from Hobart to Launceston will take you to some of the best highlights along Tasmania’s east Coast!

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Planning a Road Trip in Tasmania – At a Glance

Our Tasmania road trip itinerary encompasses 6 days drive from Hobart to Launceston, with an option to add an extra day trip either at the beginning or end of the itinerary. We also included information on where to stay and eat in each location!

  • Day 1: Explore Hobart (Salamanca Markets & MONA)
  • Day 2: Hobart to Orford (Twamley Farm & Port Arthur)
  • Day 3: Orford to Bicheno (Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay)
  • Day 4: Bicheno to St. Helens (Bay of Fires)
  • Day 5: St. Helens to Launceston (food producers & wineries)
  • Day 6: Explore Launceston (Cataract Gorge & Tamar Valley)
  • Optional Extra Day: Hobart or Launceston

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Map of our Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary: The Great Eastern Drive

6 Day Tasmania Self-Drive Itinerary from Hobart to Launceston

Day 1: explore hobart.

With an eclectic art scene, Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is well-known as the host for the annual Dark Mofo Festival. Dark Mofo is held during the winter solstice when the city is painted red, and locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate the dark through modern art expressions, music and spectacular food.

Our Tasmania Road Trip was planned to coincide with Dark Mofo. We spent the first two evenings experiencing the events and performances on offer during this epic three-week-long fiesta – and it lived up to the hype! The Winter Feast and Dark Path were a highlight for us. Also worth checking out is the Night Mass, The Burning and the Nude Solstice Swim.

Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Things to Do in Hobart

Salamanca Markets  – It’s worth planning your visit to Hobart on a Saturday so you can wander around the iconic Salamanca Markets – one of the most loved markets in Australia. It features over 300 artisan stalls lined along Salamanca Place with amazing local street performers every Saturday from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art)  – After the markets, wander down to the waterfront and hop on the MONA ROMA . The camouflaged high-speed catamaran will take you to the museum, and the ferry ride itself is quite a show – upgrade to the Posh Pit for an ultra-luxe experience!

Be sure to allow at least 3 hours to wander around MONA . We easily could have spent all day there. The museum is set over three underground levels, and there are quite a lot of world-class interactive exhibits, such as the Mine, Siloam, and Pharos. It’s worth checking out their website and planning your visit in advance.

Afterwards, head up to the MONA rooftop, where you’ll find the excellent Moorilla Wine Bar and Cellar Door, The Source Restaurant and a beautiful green space called The Lawn, which features communal tables, bean bags, and food trucks.

Mount Wellington  – If Mount Wellington has decided to peek its head out of the clouds, then it’s worth jumping in the car and heading up there for sunset. Unfortunately, we weren’t blessed with the best weather in the evening, so we decided to kick off our Tasmania road trip itinerary with a sunrise visit instead. Due to ice on the road, we weren’t able to make it to the top, so we stopped at a viewpoint a little further down where we enjoyed spectacular sunrise views out towards Bruny Island.

Where to Stay and Eat in Hobart

The Ibis Styles in Hobart was the perfect place to start our Tasmania road trip, as it was only a short five-minute walk from the waterfront and Salamanca Markets. The upper levels offer fantastic views over Hobart city, and the city-scape lap pool was definitely a highlight. The coffee and cocktails on offer at Mr Good Guy Bar + Kitchen were also top-notch. For other good food and coffee options nearby, we loved Daci & Daci Bakers and Straight Up Coffee and Food .

Day 2: Hobart to Orford

Driving time:  approximately 2 – 3 hours, not including stops.

Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Stop 1: Clay Target Shooting & Lunch at Twamley Farm

Make an early start on your Tasmania road trip and set your GPS towards Twamley Farm, Buckland. Pre-book a Sunday Lunch and Shoot package for a unique experience. You’ll spend the morning at the Clay Target Shooting Range with champion shooters Glenn and Cheryl, followed by an amazing campfire-cooked lunch, featuring delicious local produce, lovingly prepared by Gert and Ted.

Twamley Farm also offers beautiful BnB-style accommodation in a converted old Barn, glamping tents or the ‘Farm Pod’. Other activities on offer also include trout fishing, farm-hand experiences, bird watching, hiking and mountain biking.

Stop 2: Port Arthur Historic Site

Continue the drive onto Port Arthur, a historic convict settlement located on the Tasman Peninsula. Spend the afternoon exploring the historic site and surrounding gardens. If you feel up for a nighttime activity, it’s worth checking out the Port Arthur Ghost Tour , a highlight filled with tales of paranormal activity and unexplained events that occurred at the penal settlement in the late 1800s.

Stop 3: Orford Town

Continue up the east coast to Orford where you’ll spend the evening. Orford is a coastal village with beautiful beaches and views over the historic Maria Island.

Where to Stay and Eat in Orford

We stayed at the Eastcoaster Tasmania in Orford and were treated to a fabulous seafood dinner at their beautiful waterfront restaurant. The food alone was reason enough to stay an extra night!

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Day 3: Orford to Bicheno

Driving time:  approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, not including stops.

While there are so many beautiful bays and beaches to stop along the Great Eastern Drive between Orford and Bicheno, the highlight is undoubtedly Freycinet National Park – the jewel of Tasmania’s coastline and home to the iconic Wineglass Bay. I highly recommend making this spot a priority on any Tasmania road trip itinerary as there is so much to do there.

Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Freycinet National Park

Before arriving, I recommend you pre-arrange a National Park permit to save time. Depending on how long you allow, there are a few options for hikes to do in the National Park – here are our top three:

Wineglass Bay Lookout  – For an amazing view over Wineglass Bay that’s not too far from the carpark, head to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Being the shortest route, this hike is usually much more crowded with tourists. Allow 1-hour return.

Wineglass Bay Beach  – Continue from the Lookout toward the pristine beaches of Wineglass Bay for a half-day trek option. Allow 2.5 hours return.

Mount Amos  – For an even more stunning view over Wineglass Bay and the surrounding mountain ranges, Mount Amos is not for the faint-hearted and requires a lot more experience. The hike involves a steep uphill rock scramble, scaling several large boulders and is not recommended during wet or damp conditions. Allow at least 3 – 4 hours round trip.

Other Things to Do Around Freycinet National Park

If you have some extra time and want to extend your Tasmania road trip itinerary to 7 days, I would highly recommend spending an extra day exploring Freycinet National Park to experience some of the other activities on offer:

  • Take a leisurely boat cruise around the National Park to Wineglass Bay
  • Check out Cape Tourville Lighthouse
  • Visit Devils Corner Winery cellar door
  • Stay at one of the many luxury eco-retreats around Coles Bay
  • Sample the freshest cultured oysters at the Melshell Oyster Shack

Where to Stay and Eat in Bicheno

We stayed at the beautiful Cod Rock Point , situated right on the coast at Bicheno. It was a beautiful spot, and we easily could have spent longer than one night but there was still so much to do on our Tasmania road trip itinerary, so we hit the road early the next morning.

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Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Day 4: Bicheno to St. Helens & Bay of Fires

Driving time:  approximately 1 hour, not including stops.

After fueling up at the Blue Edge Bakery in Bicheno, we set off towards St. Helens and the Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires was once named the World’s “hottest” travel destination in 2009 by Lonely Planet and it’s not hard to see why.

St. Helens is a charming coastal fishing village and is a popular place to stay while visiting the Bay of Fires. There are plenty of things to do around St. Helens including fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.

A little further north of St. Helens is Binalong Bay, the most popular spot to explore the region’s main drawcard – the lichen-covered rocks at the Bay of Fires.

Bay of Fires Boat Tour

After 4 days of taking in the spectacular views along the Great Eastern Drive from our car rental, we wanted to switch things up and opted for an off-shore view of the famous ‘red rocks’, courtesy of Bay of Fires Eco Tours . We did the most popular Gardens Explorer Tour, which took us along the pristine coastline. We learnt all about the history of the area, how the rocks get their dark orange colour and pointing out the diverse array of sea life along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale.

Walk Along the Bay of Fires Cosy Corner Beach

After the boat tour, take a leisurely walk along Cosy Corner Beach. See the Lichen-covered boulders up-close against the beautiful white-sand beaches.

Sunset at Binalong Bay

We found Binalong Bay to be the best spot to view the sunset. The evening hues paint the iconic red boulders in spectacular colour.

Pro Tip:   Head to Skeleton Bay Reserve and wander out along the rocks to find a good vantage point.

Where to Stay and Eat in St. Helens

We stayed at the beautiful Bay of Fires Apartments located on the main street of St. Helens and conveniently located around the corner from an amazing little coffee shop called Lifebuoy Café and Quail Street Emporium. Also, check out Nina Restaurant, located below the Bay of Fires Apartments.

Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Day 5: St. Helens to Launceston

Driving time:  approximately 2.5 hours, not including stops.

The drive between St. Helens and Launceston is dotted with many farms, artisan food producers and wineries. This was one of our favourite days during our Tasmania road trip as there was plenty of good food and wine tasting involved!

Stop 1: Pyengana Dairy

Pyengana Dairy produces award-winning artisan cheeses and dairy products. Stop off for a gourmet cheese platter overlooking the green pastures of the dairy farm.

Stop 2: St Columba Falls

Just a short 10-minute walk from the carpark, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of St Columba Falls.

Stop 3: Clover Hill Wines

Clover Hill is a premium sparkling house located around 30 minutes drive from Launceston. Their recently built modern cellar door offers breathtaking views over their beautiful vineyard. This was a great last stop for a tasting before finishing up our Tasmania road trip in Launceston for the evening. Bookings are recommended.

Where to Stay and Eat in Launceston

We stayed at The Sebel Launceston , which was conveniently located in the centre of town and only a few minutes drive from Cataract Gorge. We enjoyed dinner at the Bluestone Kitchen & Bar , which serves seriously good modern Asian-style food. It was possibly one of the best meals we had during the entire road trip!

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Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Day 6: Explore Launceston

Spend the final day of your Tasmania road trip exploring Launceston, checking the beautiful scenery and fabulous wineries in the Tamar Valley . Be sure to book an evening flight so you have a full day!

Cataract Gorge  – A natural formation located only minutes from central Launceston. Allow at least an hour to wander along the pathways around the gorge.

Drive Along the River Tamar  – After visiting the gorge, take a drive along the western side of the Tamar River towards Batman Bridge. There are many great wineries to stop at along the drive. Cross the river at Batman Bridge and head back to Launceston along the Eastern-side of the river.

Moore’s Hill Estate  – Tasmania’s first solar-powered winery that is completely off-the-grid. We stopped in at this boutique family-owned winery for a wine tasting and gourmet lunch by the fire and felt great knowing that we were virtually saving the environment while doing so. Check out these other great wineries along the Tamar Valley wine route.

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Optional Extra Day – 7 Days in Tasmania

If you want to extend this itinerary to a 7 day Tasmania itinerary, then we highly recommend either adding an extra night in Hobart at the beginning, or in Launceston at the end of your trip. Here are some suggestions for how you could spend the extra day:

Hobart Day Trips:

  • Explore the fabulous food producers at Bruny Island
  • Visit the Huon Valley and experience the Tahune Airwalk and the Hastings Caves.
  • Hike to Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park and explore the Derwent Valley.

Launceston Day Trips:

  • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate and the Pipers River wineries
  • Go hiking around Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
  • Seek out local food producers, berry farms and breweries around Deloraine and Devonport.
  • Exploring the many great wineries and cellar doors in the Tamar Valley

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Tasmania 6 days self-drive itinerary from Hobart to Launceston along the Great Eastern Drive. Includes detailed road trip map!

Additional Tips for Your Tasmania Road Trip

Getting There  – Qantas , Virgin Australia , and Jetstar all offer daily flights to Hobart and Launceston from most major Australian cities. I recommend using Skyscan n er to compare airfares and departure times for all airlines and book the best option.

Getting Around – Tasmania was made to be explored by car! Having a car gives you the freedom to set your Tasmania road trip itinerary (or follow ours) and stop wherever you want. All the roads we took during our road trip were sealed and driving in Tasmania is very easy. Click here to check out the latest car rental deal with Europcar .

Best Time to Visit  – Any time of year. There are many things to do in Tasmania during summer, winter, spring and autumn. Be aware that summertime is the peak tourist season. Expect the major tourist sites to be a lot more crowded than in other seasons. We felt that visiting during winter was perfect as there were fewer crowds and we got to experience the Dark Mofo Festival.

Don’t forget to bring – warm clothing in winter, such as puffer jackets and beanies. Bring hiking gear if you plan to hike in Freycinet National Park.

We hope this itinerary has inspired you to plan a road trip in Tasmania. If you have any questions or recommendations of other great places to visit in Tasmania, please leave them in the comments below.

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Considering Buckland is on the way to Orford, I would head to Port Arthur first. Get an early start so you can see Remarkable cave, Tasman Arch etc.

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The Ultimate Road Trip Tasmania 10 Day Itinerary

This Tasmania 10 day itinerary has you covered with enough time to hit all the main attractions. Lots of people make the mistake of thinking you can see Tasmania in just a few days, but you definitely need over a week to make the most of it. 

A Tasmania road trip has been top of our Australia bucket list since lockdown when vanlife and RVs took over the internet and self-driving is definitely the easiest way to see the island state.

This is a loop itinerary so while we started from Hobart, you could do this as a 10 day Tasmania road trip from Devonport if you are taking the ferry over or a road trip from Launceston if you’re flying into there (always worth considering as Launceston flights are sometimes cheaper than Hobart).

There are actually three itineraries in this post, the one I first planned when we booked Tasmania flights, the one we changed to when we actually checked the winter conditions in Tasmania, and the one we ended up doing when the weather ruined our other plans. 

If you’re doing a Tasmania trip in summer, stick with the first itinerary as it includes everything you can feasibly squeeze into 10 days.

The second itinerary is ideal for Tasmania road trips in winter as it avoids the more difficult mountainous roads and high snowfall areas in the northwest of Tasmania and on the west coast.  

If you are travelling in winter and the Cradle Mountain roads are closed, as they were when we went, go for the last option.

Days 1-2: Hobart

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is a super picturesque building, sitting between the harbour and the mountains, with lots of grand old sandstone buildings from the colonial era. 

There are plenty of things to do in Hobart, but the top attractions are the “three Ms” of MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Mountain (Mount Wellington) and Markets (the Saturday Salamanca Markets).

My two days in Hobart itinerary has a plan for hitting up these three as well as the best places to eat in the city.

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Where to stay: 

  • Camping/Vans/RVs: Discovery Parks Hobart
  • Budget: Hobart Central YHA
  • Mid-range: Hadleys Orient Hotel
  • Luxury: MACq01

mount wellington views in Hobart

Day 3: Hobart to Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park

This drive is a great way to kick off the actual road trip part of your 10 day Tasmania itinerary as you get a mix of the history, scenery and gastronomy that Tasmania is known for. 

I have a whole guide on driving from Hobart to Freycinet National Park , but as a quick summary, the highlights are stops in Richmond, the East Coast beaches and seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm.

Drive time: 3 hours (+ stops) Distance: 200 km

  • Budget and Camping/Vans/RVs: Big4 Iluka
  • Mid-range: Edge of the Bay Resort
  • Luxury: Freycinet Lodge

Muirs beach Coles bay

Day 4: Coles Bay to Launceston

There isn’t a heck of a lot between Coles Bay and Launceston, so I’d recommend spending the morning doing more activities in Freycinet National Park before starting the drive. 

Top of the list is the Wineglass Bay Walk. You can opt for either the short 1-1.5-hour return lookout ack walk or a 2-3 hour return trek down to the beach itself which includes over 1000 steps. In the interest of time, we skipped the steps and opted for the lookout which has more than enough spectacular views.

On your drive, make the detour to Bicheno to see the famous blowhole, just make sure to check the tide times as if you mistime the trip, it’s disappointing.

In Launceston, spend some time exploring the Cataract Gorge Reserve. This nature haven in the middle of the city has some great walks and a slightly terrifying chairlift. We also came across 8 peacocks in the carpark!

Drive time: 2 hours 15 minutes (+ stops) Distance: 175 km

  • Campig/Vans/RVs: Big4 Launceston
  • Budget: Pod Inn
  • Mid-range:  Waratah on York
  • Luxury: Peppers Silo

wineglass bay Freycinet national park

Day 5: Launceston to Cradle Mountain

I’ll be honest, we got to this day on our 10 day Tasmania road trip and had to completely change our plans as the roads were closed, so we had to go back to Cradle Mountain on a separate trip. But the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is the number one destination in Tasmania, so it needs to be on your itinerary.

The drive to Cradle Mountain goes over some windy mountainous roads, so you’ll need to check the weather forecasts and police road safety alerts before you go.

At Cradle Mountain, the top activities are the Enchanted Walk (look out for wombats!), Dove Lake, and the Devils @ Cradle Sanctuary. There is a shuttle bus into the park from the visitor centre that will take you to the start of most of the walking tracks.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book a helicopter flight over the mountain. The views are unbeatable!

If you want more tips to plan the Cradle Mountain leg of your trip, check out this Cradle Mountain day trip guide .

Drive time: 2 hours (to the visitor centre) Distance: 140 km

  • Budget and Camping/Vans/RVs: Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
  • Mid-range: Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
  • Luxury: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Find my reviews and more detail in the Cradle Mountain accommodation article .

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Day 6: Cradle Mountain to Strahan

Spend the morning of Day 6 squeezing in any extra Cradle Mountain walks or exploration that you couldn’t fit in the previous day before heading west to the small town of Strahan.

Strahan is one of the quieter stops on the Tasmania itinerary and a good opportunity to relax after some busy earlier days.

The main things to do here are rides on the West Coast Wilderness Railway and/or a cruise on the Gordon River . These are very chill ways to explore the stunning west coast national parks and world heritage areas. 

Both these activities take most of a day, so you’ll need to do one on each of Day 6 and 7 if you’re committed to both. There are options for luxurious fully catered packages or more entry level tickets. However, if you’re travelling Tasmania on a budget, I’d recommend just choosing one as even the basic tickets are over $100 per person. We booked the railway as it’s a bit more unique (there are lots of day cruises in Tasmania) and had some interesting food and history stops along the ride.

Other activities in Strahan include exploring the waterfront area, dune-bashing or boarding in the Henty Dunes in summer or seeing The Ship That Never Was (a well-known comedy play about local history put on for families and tourists).

Drive time: 2 hours Distance: 140 km

  • Budget and Camping/Vans/RVs: Big4 Strahan
  • Mid-range: Aloft Boutique Hotel
  • Luxury: Franklin Manor

Strahan pier Tasmania 10 day itinerary

Day 7: Strahan to Hobart

This is mostly a big drive day as you’ll need to get from the West Coast back down south.

There’s not a whole heap to do in between Strahan and Hobart but it is a very scenic drive through a lot of national parkland. You’ll pass Mount Field with it’s ski resorts and you may want to make a detour to see Russell Falls waterfall.

If you’re ok with the extra driving you could push on tonight to stay near Kettering, where you’ll take the ferry to Bruny Island on Day 8. Otherwise, Hobart offers lots of options and is still very close by.

Drive time: 4 hours 30 minutes (+ Mount Field detour) Distance: 300 km

mount field national park

Day 8: Bruny Island

On Day 8, take the ferry to Bruny Island, the 70km long island off the south coast of Tasmania.

Bruny Island is an awesome day trip for foodies especially as there are a lot of artisan producers based on the island that you can go to for tastings. My favourite was the Bruny Island Cheese Company, but Get Shucked Oysters, the honey company and the cider at Hotel Bruny are also great. The only place we found disappointing was Bruny Island Chocolates which had a tiny range and was nothing new.

In between food stops, you can drive down to the Bruny Island Lighthouse , try some of the hiking tracks, walk up to the lookout at The Neck or enjoy some time at the beaches around Adventure Bay.

You do need a vehicle to get around the island, but you can easily take your car/van over on the ferry. My Bruny Island ferry guide has all the details.

Drive time: 35 minutes from Hobart plus 20 minute ferry and drive time on the island (2.5 hours+ if you go to the lighthouse)

Distance: 30 km from Hobart to the wharf

  • Budget and Camping/RVs/Vans: Captain Cook Holiday Park
  • Mid-range:  Bruny Island Escapes and Hotel
  • Luxury:  43 Degrees Bruny Island

path down from Bruny Island lighthouse with Laurie walking

Day 9: Huon Valley

The Huon Valley, to the southwest of Hobart, is one of the less-visited parts of Tasmania but is possibly the best foodie destination in the state. 

The area is surrounded by the forests of Southwest National Park and the Hartz Mountains but is full of pretty little waterfront towns, historic pubs and hotels and farms.

If you want to try Tasmania’s famous apple ciders the Huon Valley is the place to go as you can do tastings at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and Pagan Cider Cellar Door.

For something more adventurous, head out to Tahune Adventures where you can take a hang glider across the river and try the AirWalk, 30+metres above the forest floor. 

Check out my guide on things to do in the Huon Valley for more ideas.

Drive time: 1 hour from the ferry wharf to Port Huon (other spots in the valley are further/closer) Distance: 60 km

  • Camping/Vans/RVs: Huon Valley Caravan Park, Huonville
  • Budget: Kermandie Hotel, Port Huon
  • Mid-range: Ambiance on Huon Bed & Breakfast, Cygnet
  • Luxury: The Peninsula Experience

boats in the Huon valley

Day 10: Return to Hobart

I’ve left this last day for making your way back to Hobart and departure. It’s only a short drive from the Huon Valley so no issues if you have any early flight out.

If you have a bit more time or are doing this as a 10 day road trip from Launceston or Devonport, I’d suggest using this day for a trip to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula. It’s about an hour’s drive from Hobart and the Port Arthur Convict Site is a UNESCO World Heritage attraction .

Drive time: 50 minutes from Port Huon to Hobart Distance: 60 km

port Arthur historic site

Alternative itinerary for a winter road trip in Tasmania

Same days 1-5

Day 6 Cradle Mountain to Stanley

Day 7 Stanley to Launceston

Day 8 Launceston to Huon Valley

Day 9 Bruny Island

Day 10 Return to Hobart

Second alternative Tasmania winter road trip itinerary

Same days 1-2

Day 3 Hobart to Port Arthur

Day 4 Port Arthur to Maria Island

Day 5 Maria Island (Triabunna) to Freycinet National Park

Day 6 Freycinet National Park to Launceston

Day 7 Launceston to Huon Valley

Day 8 Huon Valley

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The Best Tasmania Itinerary (+ Tasmania Road Trip Map)

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Tasmania is an island state in Australia known for its rugged landscape, sparse population and of course Tasmanian devils. Affectionately called “Tassie” by Australians, it is rugged and wild and easy to fall for.   Outdoor enthusiasts will love the awesome hiking opportunities and city lovers will appreciate the rich foodie and art culture.

In this guide, we want to help you plan the best Tasmania itinerary with our tips for the best things to do in Tasmania and how to make the most of your Tasmania road trip.

  • 1 When to Go to Tasmania
  • 2.2 Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
  • 2.3 Freycinet National Park – Wineglass Bay
  • 2.4 Bay of Fires
  • 2.5 Launceston
  • 2.6 Cradle Mountain National Park
  • 3 Getting to Tasmania
  • 4 Getting Around Tasmania (+Renting a Car in Tasmania)
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When to Go to Tasmania

Tasmania’s weather is very different from what most people think of when they think of Australia.  Tasmania experiences four seasons and parts of the island see snow in winter.  Christmas through to early February is peak time on the island as it is school holidays and temperatures are the warmest – a comfortable low 20s (C).  If you are looking to avoid the crowds, the shoulder seasons are a great time to travel (March-April and October-November).  Winter offers the best value, but will require lots of layers and winter clothing.

Weather in Tasmania can be very variable and change quickly regardless of which time of year you visit.  Pack lots of clothes to layer and be prepared for swift weather changes. We experienced 12 degree weather and lots of rain at Cradle Mountain, even in January.

Tasmania Itinerary + Map

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state and with a maximum width and length of 300 km, it is manageable to explore many of the highlights on one visit.  You could race around and see the east coast sights in one week, but 10-14 days will give you a chance to slow down and explore a little bit deeper.  This 1 and 2 week itinerary includes the Tasmania must see highlights and the best places to visit in Tasmania.

1 Week Tasmania Itinerary: Hobart, Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay (Freycinet National Park)

2 Week Tasmania Itinerary: Hobart, Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires, Launceston, Cradle Mountain National Park

If you have more time, consider including Bruny Island, the wild west coast, the Huon Valley, the Tamar Valley, Bicheno or Penguin to your itinerary.

Hobart is the capital and largest city of Tasmania with a population of 220,000.  It’s walkable, has a relaxing vibe, a huge arts and culture scene and plenty of farm to table foodie restaurants.  It’s harbourside setting with mountains and valleys surrounding the city make it a great base to explore the outdoors.

Start your visit by wandering the city, climbing Kelly’s Steps to the Battery Point neighborhood with its quaint cottages and views.

Salamanca Market

Hobart is famous for being home to  MONA, the Museum of Old & New .  This Hobart attraction is a privately funded museum that the owner describes as a “subversive adult Disneyland” and for many, it is the highlight of their time in Hobart.   MONA is open from 10-6 in the summer, closed on Tuesdays and the entrance fee is $30/adult. It is located 11 km outside of Hobart.  You can take a ferry or arrive by road.

View from top of Mt WEllington

Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum is a recreation of the hunt that Sir Douglas Mawson’s team built for their Antarctica expedition in 1911-1914.   This is an interesting place to learn more about Antarctica, the polar explorers, and their scientific work. You only need an hour to visit the museum.  It is open daily from 9-5 in the summer and 10-4 in the winter months.  Entrance tickets are $15/adult, $5/child, $35/family.

Where to Stay Hobart

Salamanca Inn – situated right in Battery Park, this mid-range hotel is a great option.  With spacious apartments, an in-door pool, free parking and right in the centre of Hobart, this hotel consistently gets great reviews.  Click here to check the latest prices.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel – an uber cool hotel that looks more like a modern art gallery, this hotel is well situated in central Hobart and offers great service and a great atmosphere.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Camping – the  Discovery Park Hobart is convenient for accessing central Hobart, but is located alongside a busy highway.

Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula

Port Arthur is the best preserved convict site in Australia and was actually a penal colony for the penal colony.  It is located 1.5 hours from Hobart, so you can visit on a day trip.  However, the Tasman Peninsula in which Port Arthur sits on is worth spending a night or two.

Port Arthur buildings

Port Arthur is a fascinating place due to its historical significance not just from the convict era, but in more recent times as well.  In 1996, 35 people lost their lives at the tourist site of Port Arthur as a  gunman went on a shooting spree.  Australia quickly took action and amended their gun control laws prohibiting semi-automatic weapons.  Twenty years on and the government’s action has proven successful with a decline in mass shootings and firearm deaths.

Practical Information: Port Arthur is open every day of the year, 9 am to dusk.  Tickets cost $40 AUD/adult, $18/child, $102/family (up to 6 children).  There is a canteen on site serving meals, drinks and snacks.

Port Arthur touring

Learning, learning, lots of learning.

While most visitors come to the Tasman Peninsula to visit Port Arthur, there are many other interesting things to see on the Peninsula.  You can camp and hike at Tasman National Park at Fortescue Bay and visit many geological wonders including the Tesselated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and Eaglehawk Neck.  You can also take a boat cruise, visit a lavender farm and enjoy delicious Tasmanian cuisine.

Tasman Arch

Tasman Arch

Where to Stay Port Arthur  

Stewarts Bay Lodge – within walking distance to Port Arthur Historic Site, this is the best accommodation if you want to be really close to Port Arthur.  The lodge is cozy and homey with its own private beach and spacious cabins.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Camping – We recommend staying at Fortescue Bay in Tasman National Park. The camp sites are located right near a beautiful beach and is a jumping off point for hikers doing multi-day hikes. Facilities are basic, but the wildlife opportunities are worth it.  Note that the campground is 12 km off the highway, down a rough unsealed road.   This is a popular campground, so booking are essential.  Sites are $13-16/night.  It is 17 km from the campground to the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Freycinet National Park – Wineglass Bay

Freycinet National Park surrounds Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania.  The National Park is best known for Wineglass Bay, a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach and turquoise waters dotted with pink granite cliffs.  It is one of the most popular things to see in Tasmania, so be prepared to share this special spot with other visitors.

The most common walk is to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, a 2.4 km return loop that takes 1-1.5 hours.  From the lookout you can continue your hike down to Wineglass Bay, which will add 3.5 km return and another 1.5 hours.  While Freycinet National Park is synonymous with Wineglass Bay, there are many other incredible places to explore in the National Park.

Where to Stay Freycinet National Park

You have a few choices of where to base yourself when visiting Freycinet National Park.  You can stay in Coles Bay , or nearby Bicheno or Swansea .

Edge of the Bay Resort – located 4 km outside of Coles Bay, the rooms have gorgeous views and you will have wildlife on your doorstep.  Located 5 minutes from town, but peaceful and tranquil, Edge of the Bay Resort is a great choice when visiting Freycinet.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Saffire Freycinet (Luxury) – this architectural gem is gorgeous with modern luxe suites, views from every room, an award winning restaurant and top notch hospitality.  Worth the splurge!  Click here to check the latest prices.

Big 4 Iluka Camping and Cabins – great location opposite Muir’s Beach with nice water views, an IGA down the street and good access to Freycinet National Park.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires has gained quite a bit of attention recently as one of the most beautiful places in Australia.  The unique orange covered boulders that litter the coast shine against the white sand beaches and turquoise waters, making for a photographer’s dream.  Best of all, it is still off-the-beaten path so you can find deserted bays.  While the water may look inviting, even in summer it never gets above 65 degrees, making for a very refreshing experience.

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We spent hours climbing the big boulders, finding secret passages through the rocks, and exploring the tidal pools.  The sunsets are incredible .  The best way to experience the Bay of Fires is by camping, however you can stay in nearby Binalong Bay or St. Helens too.

Where to Stay Bay of Fires

Pelican Point Sanctuary – located just north of St. Helens, this quiet place really is a sanctuary.  Located near the sea with abundant birdlife, the clean rooms and friendly staff, make this a great choice.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Airbnb – there are a number of great airbnbs near the Bay of Fires.  Burgess Cottage is a great choice.

Camping – Cosy Corner South campground is a basic free camping area with stunning views right on the water.  It is first-come-first-serve and incredibly popular.  There are a couple of drop toilets, but you need to bring in your own water and take out your waste.

Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and is best known for the beautiful Cataract Gorge. In the late 1800s, someone had the foresight to create this beautiful park around this breathtaking Gorge with walking trails, a large swimming pool, restaurants and even a chairlift across the water.

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A 3.4 km walking track will take you around the Gorge and over the long suspension bridge.  The free and chilly public swimming pool can be a great place to cool down or you can go for a swim in the river.  You can ride the First Basin Scenic Chairlift across the river for $13/adult and $8/child, one-way.  The chairlift is open everyday from 9 am.

Other ideas for things to do in Launceston include visiting the Saturday Harvest Market, City Park Launceston, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and of course the Tamar Valley wineries.

Where to Stay Launceston

Peppers Silo – this modern and comfortable hotel offers good value with great views of the city and river. Some of the rooms are located inside a renovated grain silo, making this a unique place to stay.    Click here to check the latest prices.

Camping – the Big 4  Lauceston campground is very kid friendly with a playground and jumping pillow for the kids.

Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park was one of the highlights of our time in Tasmania and we wish we had allocated more than just one night here.  The terrain is really unique – Lord of the Rings-like with wild alpine moorlands, glacial lakes and moss covered rainforest.  The higher altitude makes it cool even in summer and it is known for its misty and moody weather.  The hiking opportunities are fabulous with everything from short day hikes to multi-day epic trails.

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To protect this fragile environment, the National Park provides mandatory shuttle service between the Visitor Centre and the most popular sights and hikes.  A 24 hour Cradle Mountain pass costs $16.50/adult, $8.25/child, $41.25/family (2+3).  Holiday passes for up to 8 weeks are also available.

The most popular hike is the Dove Lake circuit with gorgeous views of Cradle Mountain on a clear day.  The circuit is 6 km and takes 2 hours.  There are numerous other short hikes if you have time.  You can almost guarantee that you will see a wombat in the National Park.

We only wishes we could have spent more than one night there and that it didn’t rain most of the time we were there.

Tassie is well known for its fabulous produce and food.  On our 2.5 hour drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain we did stop to sample some local foods highlighted in the  Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail .   We enjoyed the chocolates at  Anvers Chocolates , tasted delicious cheeses at  Ashgrove Cheese , sampled some yummy craft beer at  7 Sheds Brewery and visited enjoyed a lovely meal at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm.

Marakoopa cave

Where to Stay Cradle Mountain

Camping or Cabins –  Located right on the edge of the National Park, the Discovery Holidays Parks campground offers a wilderness experience right at your doorstep. The campground has a wonderful chalet building with a wood burning stove, a camp kitchen and travelers from all over the world to hang out with.  They also have comfortable cottages and cabins if you are looking for more comfort.  Click here to check the latest prices.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge –  a luxury experience in the wilderness, this lodge is picturesque and cozy with open fireplaces, postcard views and even a spa to soothe your sore muscles.  Did we mention the lodge is located right in the National Park?  Click here to check the latest prices.

Getting to Tasmania

Since Tasmania is an island, you have two choices of how to get here: you can fly or take a boat.

The main airports in Tasmania are in Hobart and Launceston which offer frequent directs flights to Melbourne and Sydney.  Flights are 1-2 hours and cost AUD $100-200/each way.

The  Spirit of Tasmania is a ferry that sails between Melbourne and Davenport in Tasmania.  We opted for the ferry since we were bringing our car and thought it would be an interesting way to get across the Bass Strait. The Bass Strait is known to be a rough passage as the warm waters of the Indian ocean meet the Pacific through this narrow and shallow strait. Read our Tips For Taking the Spirit of Tasmania here.    Spirit of Tasmania fares start at $89/person and $99/vehicle, but increase drastically during peak times.

Getting Around Tasmania (+Renting a Car in Tasmania)

The best way to explore Tasmania really is by car which gives you the most freedom.  Many of the most beautiful spots are in between popular Tasmania tourist attractions and with your own car you can stop to enjoy a deserted beach that beckons or buy some fresh cherries from the farm stand.

Most visitors will rent a car from Hobart or Launceston.  A 2WD is perfectly suitable for exploring the east coast of Tasmania.  You will have to be comfortable driving on the left, but the roads are quiet and small.  Similar to New Zealand, it does take longer to get around on the smaller roads.

Click here to check the latest prices of car rentals in Tasmania.

Tasmania with Kids

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There are so many wonderful activities that both kids and parents will love in Tasmania.  Here were our top things to do in Tasmania with kids:

  • climbing the boulders and finding hidden caves at the Bay of Fires
  • learning about Antarctic exploration at Mawson’s Hut Museum in Hobart
  • testing out the chilly waters of Cataract Gorge in Launceston
  • savoring fresh fruit from roadside vendors
  • spotting wombats at Cradle Mountain National Park
  • learning about Australia’s convict history at Port Arthur
  • seeing and learning about the geological formations on the Tasman peninsula
  • shopping for treats at the Salamanca Markets
  • spotting glow worms at Mole Creek
  • riding the Scenic Chairlift at Cataract Gorge, Launceston
  • climbing the boulders on the top of Mount Wellington

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Ultimate 8-Day Self Drive Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary Planner

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Posted on Last updated: March 30, 2024

Ultimate 8-Day Self Drive Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary Planner

From hiking in Cradle Mountain to wildlife spotting in Freycinet National Park, this self drive Tasmania itinerary highlights the best places to visit in Tasmania and where to stay. It includes helpful driving distances to help plan an easy trip around Tasmania.

A Tasmanian road trip should rank highly on the bucket list of anyone planning a visit to Australia because Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to visit.

Tasmania is filled with fantastic scenery, great outdoor activities, wildlife and culture, and after spending six weeks in the land down under, I can honestly say that the eight days I spent driving around Tasmania were my favourite.

Exploring the great outdoors is my passion, and although Tasmania is an island, it still has a diverse range of landscapes perfect for discovering on a road trip, including mountain escapes, coastal towns and city settlements, which is why I loved it so much.

Australia’s largest island state feels untouched by the outside world, which is difficult to imagine until you have visited it yourself, so follow my Tasmania road trip itinerary for one of the world’s best road trips.

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Useful Information About Tasmania

Travel to tasmania.

Tasmania is an island off Australia’s mainland and, as such, can only be reached by water or air.

The Spirit of Tasmania Ferry from Melbourne to Devonport is an easy choice if you want to travel through the night.

We booked onto the overnight ferry to sleep during the nine-hour crossing and wake up refreshed in Tasmania.

This didn’t quite pan out as expected due to sailing in stormy waters, so we were pretty tired when we disembarked.

If your sea legs aren’t entirely up to a sometimes rough crossing, then flying into Tasmania from one of the mainland’s regional airports will be your best bet.

The two main airports in Tasmania are in the island’s capital, Hobart and Launceston.

Flight times from Melbourne are a little over one hour. From Sydney, flights will take two hours.

For your Tasmania road trip, you can rent a vehicle in Devonport , Hobart, or Launceston.

Driving around Tasmania

Driving is on the left-hand side, so if you come from the UK, it will be the same as driving back home.

Tasmania is excellent to explore on a road trip. The roads are well-maintained, signposts are good, and the scenery is out of this world!

Wildlife in Tasmania is abundant, so you must be vigilant when driving around Tasmania to be alert to the potential of animals on the roads. At dawn and dusk, the wildlife is particularly lively.

Sadly, a lot of roadkill is scattered on the roadside verges, so be prepared. It was not something I expected to see, and I found it upsetting.

a road leading out of the town of Sheffield with Mount Roland in the distance

Accommodation in Tasmania

There are plenty of great places to stay in Tasmania, ranging from cabins, apartments, BandBs, and luxury hotels, so there is something to suit all budgets.

It is worth booking your stay in Tasmania in advance as it is a popular visitor destination, especially in the peak season, and lodgings can get booked quickly.

Cradle Mountain accommodation , in particular, is always in demand and can often be booked out completely.

A green cabin with a corrugated roof in the wilderness

Weather in Tasmania

Tasmania is an outdoor playground that can be visited at any time of the year.

Over the winter months, expect snowfall and low temperatures, especially in the mountains. If you enjoy skiing, snow sports, winter scenes and log cabins, this is the time to visit.

If you prefer moderate temperatures and don’t mind some rainfall, then spring or autumn will suit you perfectly.

I visited Tasmania at the end of February, just as summer turned to autumn, and I had a few days of rain but mostly sunshine. It was perfect weather to enjoy hiking in the wilderness.

Tasmania travel in summer will see temperatures increase, so factor that into any plans you have for long hikes and mountain climbs.

sunset over the Hazard mountain range in Freycinet

Best places to visit on an 8-day road trip around Tasmania

  • Sheffield – the unique town of murals
  • Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake – the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness
  • Strahan – the gateway to Gordon River cruises
  • Coles Bay – home to Freycinet National Park
  • Port Arthur – historic penal settlement and open-air museum
  • Hobart – the capital of Tasmania

Self Drive Tasmania Road Trip Map

Tasmania Travel Itinerary

Day one and two – sheffield and cradle mountain.

Our 8-day Tasmania self drive itinerary started on a crisp summer morning in February as we arrived in Devonport on the overnight ferry from Melbourne .

We quickly picked up the Kia rental car we had pre-booked for our road trip and were ready to head to our first stop in Tasmania, the mural town of Sheffield, which was on the route to Cradle Mountain.

Red and white ferry ,the spirit of Tasmania, docked in Devonport.

The driving time from Devonport to Sheffield is 25 minutes

As a lover of street art , I couldn’t wait to see the charming Tasmanian town of Sheffield.

It is famous for its murals covering just about every shop front and building in town and its annual Muralfest event, which attracts hundreds of creatives competing to leave their mark on this normally sleepy town.

If you arrive on an early morning ferry like us, you will find that the town doesn’t get going until around 8.30 am, which gives you time to take some fabulous photographs of the murals with no one around.

When the town starts to stir, head to one of the cafes for breakfast before continuing your drive to Cradle Mountain.

Learn about Sheffield in my blog post, the Mural Town of Sheffield .

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Leaving Sheffield, the view of Mount Roland is incredible as it rises in the distance.

Road leading to Mount Roland with fields on either side

The drive to Cradle Mountain is straightforward; the driving directions are below:

Stay on the C136 after leaving Sheffield and turn onto the C132 at Moina.

Continue on this road until you come to Cradle Mountain Road, which will take you to the town centre, where you will find most of the Cradle Mountain accommodation and the Cradle Mountain Information Centre.

The driving time from Sheffield to Cradle Mountain is 60 minutes

Cradle mountain.

Cradle Mountain must be on your itinerary if you love being outdoors and connecting with nature.

It feels untouched by technology and outside influences and has strict policy codes about the number of visitors allowed into the national park daily.

For that reason, you have to buy a pass to gain access. This can be picked up from the Cradle Mountain visitor centre, and funds go toward the upkeep of Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. 

boardway through wilderness in Cradle Mountain National Park

When you visit Cradle Mountain National Wilderness Park, you will discover waterfalls, valleys, mountain hikes, lake walks and wildlife.

We did several walks, including the incredible Dove Lake Walk and loved every moment.

One evening we visited the Tasmanian Devils’ sanctuary , one of the fun things to do in Tasmania. We watched them feed and learned more about Australia’s iconic creature.

a black fur Tasmanian devil with its mouth fully open displaying its sharp teeth

Read more about how we spent two nights in Cradle Mountain and why it became our favourite place in Tasmania.

Where to stay in cradle mountain.

One thing to remember is that Cradle Mountain is undoubtedly the most popular place to visit in Tasmania, so accommodation in Cradle Mountain is always in demand.

If you plan on staying at Peppers Cradle Mountain Resort, the Cradle Mountain Hotel or Cradle Mountain Lodge, you must book far in advance.

We stayed at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village , which I had booked six months before my trip.

Wooden boathouse on the edge of Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background

Day Three and Day Four – Strahan

The driving time from cradle mountain to strahan is two hours..

Once we had left Cradle Mountain, we headed for our next stop in Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast.

Driving Directions from Cradle Mountain to Strahan

To reach Strahan, drive along the C132 from Cradle Mountain and eventually join the A10 Murchinson Highway.

While you are driving along the highway, you will pass Lake Rosebury. It is worth stopping here to take photographs and enjoy the scenery. The reflections of the trees in the water are mesmerising.

A blue lake surrounding by trees that are reflecting in the water

Continue along the A10 and join the B28, which takes you passed Lake Plimsoll, a trout fishery.

Lake Plimsoll sign on the road side in front of the lake

We continued our drive on the A10 until we reached the B24, which took us into Strahan.

I included two nights in Strahan on my road trip itinerary as the historic village intrigued me.

It is the remotest village on Tasmania’s west coast and was once a bustling port during Tasmania’s mining mecca of the 1800s.

It is now home to Gordon River Cruises, famous throughout Australia for taking visitors through the magnificent heritage wilderness of Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Sunset in Strahan

We had intended to join one of the cruises, but sadly, lousy weather stopped that, so we left without experiencing it ourselves.

We got one good day in Strahan, so we popped down to the town, familiarised ourselves with some craft shops, walked around the water’s edge, and discovered what a “Bottle-O” was.

For my non-Australian readers, it is a dedicated off-licence as alcohol is not sold in supermarkets; a strange experience for me coming from the UK as a bottle of wine is often featured on my supermarket shopping list next to my fruit and veg!

Aerial view of Strahan looking towards the road and water

We stayed in a lovely Airbnb property (no longer listed), where we caught up on our washing. That’s one of the chores you still must do on a long trip. There’s no getting away from needing clean clothes!

Learn about Strahan in my blog post: Eight great things to Do in Strahan , for an idea of the activities on offer during your stay.

Where to stay in strahan.

Strahan has varied accommodations, from apartments to camping grounds. I have listed several places that will suit all budgets and lifestyles.

Aloft Boutique Apartments  – these contemporary, self-contained apartments are less than a 5-minute drive from Ocean Beach. They have private patios, free wifi, and on-site parking.

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Salt Box Hideaway  – this one-bedroom apartment offers mountain and sea views and free wifi. It is a cosy retreat after a day of exploring the hidden gems in Strahan.

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Strahan Village  – a favourite holiday accommodation for visitors to the Tassie town of Strahan, offers several dining options. Fantastic views of Macquarie Bay from most of the rooms.

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Strahan Backpackers  – features quirky, budget accommodation, a shared lounge, a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace.

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Macquarie Head Campsite  – situated at the entrance to the harbour, this campsite might have one of the best views in Strahan!

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Day Five – On the Road: Strahan to Coles Bay

The driving time from strahan to coles bay is 5 hours and 30 minutes, driving directions from strahan to coles bay.

Leaving Strahan, we took the B24 Lyell Highway for our long drive to Coles Bay and the incredible Freycinet National Park. Only two roads take you in and out of Strahan, so you can’t get lost.

When you eventually come to a fork in the road, after around an hour, you must turn right onto the A10.

Once on this road, there are several tourist spots to see if you have time, including Iron Blow Lookout and Nelson Falls.

I didn’t stop at either of these, so I can’t give an opinion on whether they are worth seeing, but they feature in many Tasmania travel books.

Lake St Clair National Park

After two hours of driving, we turned off at Derwent Bridge to see Lake St Clair, part of the Cradle Mountain National Park.

Over six days, a well-trodden and challenging 65km hike called the Overland Track can be done from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. It is a popular trail among hikers, so bookings must be made well in advance.

When we arrived in the Lake St Clair car park, we met a couple that had completed their hike along the Overland Track; they said it was hard but worth it for the scenery. I would love to do it someday if I ever return to Tasmania.

wooden hut in a grasy area with a cut-out silhouette of a man with a rucksack.

Once out of the car, we grabbed lunch from the onsite cafe and set off to stretch our legs and explore the lake.

The rain that had been with us since leaving Strahan had finally stopped, and an ethereal mist had descended over Lake St Clair, making it look somewhat eerie but magical.

It is probably prettier in the sunshine with a backdrop of blue skies, but we weren’t bothered. Being alone at the lake, apart from one lone wallaby, was perfect for us.

Fog descending over Lake St Clair in Tasmania.

Driving Directions from Lake St Clair to Coles Bay

Back in the car, we continued along the A10 Lyell Highway until we reached the B11 turning (on the left-hand side) near Bronte Park.

From here, we continued for another three hours until we reached Apslawn, where we got out to stretch our legs.

The place we found to stop was at the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door , where I planned to pick up a bottle of local wine to enjoy that evening.

Sadly, it was closed as we had arrived too late (I have a habit of lingering in places a bit too long, i.e. Lake St Clair!), so all we could do was enjoy the beautiful view of Coles Bay and the butterflies.

View across fields to the ocean.

Finally, at the end of day five, we arrived at Edge of the Bay Resort in the Coles Bay Conservation Area to spend two nights.

The accommodation blew me away, and after a sunset mooch around the resort, we settled down for the night, ready for a full day in Freycinet National Park in the morning.

view across bush shrubs leading to the ocean and mountains.

Where to Stay in Coles Bay

Eagles Peak Freycinet  is a choice of luxury one and two-bedroom cabins set by the beach with garden and sea views.

Pricing and Availability for Eagles Peak

Freycinet Lodge  has a waterfront location and offers secluded cabins in a coastal bush setting, two restaurants and a bar.

Pricing and availability for Freycinet Lodge

Hazards Hideaway  – An entire one-bedroom holiday house with one bathroom, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with sensational views.

Pricing and availability for Hazards Hideaway

Freycinet Resort  – Freycinet Resort offers luxurious accommodations with 360-degree views of The Hazards, Friendly Beaches, Great Oyster Bay and the Tasman Sea.

Pricing and availability for Freycinet Resort

Big 4 Freycinet  – This self-catering accommodation is just a minute’s walk from the white sand beaches of Coles Bay. 

Pricing and Availability for Big 4 Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet  – For complete luxury but with a hefty price tag, Saffire is the most premium accommodation in Freycinet National Park.

Reviews for Saffire Freycinet

Is there any Freycinet camping allowed in the national park?

Yes.  Richardsons Beach Campground  is adjacent to the visitor centre within the park.

Day Six – Exploring Freycinet National Park

Freycinet – hiking, beaches and breathtaking scenery.

After exploring the west coast and the central wilderness of Tasmania, it was time to hit up the east coast at Freycinet National Park.

It is undoubtedly one of the must-see places in Tasmania, and some unmissable sights in Freycinet National Park include Wineglass Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and Honeymoon Bay. These spectacular Tasmanian landmarks are a “must-see” on lists of Australia’s best places to visit.

There are plenty of hiking trails in Freycinet National Park for all abilities, from gentle circular routes to the more ambitious 3.6km Mount Amos hike. We enjoyed the 3km Wineglass Lookout walk, unsurprisingly all uphill. Even though we ended up pretty hot at the top, the views from the lookout point made up for it.

Beaches feature heavily in the Freycinet landscape, with several close to the main Freycinet visitor’s area.

Learn more about Freycinet in my blog post on 11 sensational things to do in Freycinet National Park .

A view to Wineglass Bay blue water and sandy beach from a lookout.

Day Seven – On the Road: Coles Bay to Hobart

The driving time from coles bay to hobart is 2 hours 30 minutes with no stops (or a lot longer if you divert to see unscheduled attractions as we did).

I was sad to leave Coles Bay and the incredible Freycinet National Park, but it was time to hit the road again and head to our final stop in Hobart, Tasmania’s capital.

Of course, I didn’t simply want to drive from A to B; I had already researched several places along the East Coast I wanted to see, meaning I had to divert from my route to Hobart and side-track to the Tasman peninsula.

Driving Directions from Coles Bay to Port Arthur

We headed out of Coles Bay on the C302 and joined the A3 Tasman Highway after driving for 25 minutes.

We continued for 90 minutes to the town of Orford, where I turned off the Tasman Highway and onto the right-hand fork of the C320 Welangta Road. You can also drive the coastal C320; it will just take longer.

Then take the C336 Bream Creek Road, which quickly joins the C335 Kellevie Road until you reach the forked turning of A9 Arthur Highway. Turn left.

Continue along the A9, and it will take you to Port Arthur via two other places worth a stop. One is Eaglehawk Neck, The Blow Hole, and a weirdly sounded tourist attraction, the Tessellated Pavement.

A stop to see the Blow Hole at Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck is a narrow strip of land with water on both sides, and the blowhole is on it.

Stand and watch the ocean push through the ‘hole in the rock’ and blow its water high into the air. Stand close enough to the railings, and you are in for a soaking.

Landscape image of Eagleneck point in Port Arthur.

A stop to see the Tessellated Pavement

The Tessellated Pavement, formed of rock about 300 million years ago, proved hard to find.

When we did, I wasn’t that impressed, regardless of it supposedly being one of Tasmania’s best-kept secrets.

Unless you are really curious to see it, I would give it a miss.

Grey Tessellated Pavement beside the sea in Tasmania

After leaving the Tessellated Pavement, hop back on the A9 to Port Arthur. It is a 30-minute drive.

If you have time to spare, you might also want to stop at Port Arthur Lavender and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

We left these two Port Arthur landmarks out of our itinerary because we had to get to Hobart, and I didn’t want to drive in the dark.

Port Arthur historic penal settlement

One place you must visit in Tasmania is the Port Arthur historic site. This historic penal settlement is one of 11 places comprising the UNESCO Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

Wander around this massive 19th-century prison site and learn about the hardened criminals who lived alongside children who had committed minor crimes like stealing apples.

Many inmates, even children, had been shipped to Port Arthur from the United Kingdom when Australia was the place to send convicts!

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Information boards scattered around the site give you insight into what life was like at Port Arthur.

Don’t miss the shows with character actors portraying daily life for inmates, guards and the warden. The shows are excellent, and I would recommend watching one of them.

Make sure to take the leisurely boat ride in Carnarvon Bay. It sails around the Isle of the Dead, the convict’s burial site.

The scenery around Port Arthur is spectacular, so it’s easy to forget this was once one of Australia’s most significant penal settlements.

water and boats at Port Arthur penal site

While at Port Arthur, don’t miss visiting the ruins of the Convict Church, built by inmates – also the solitary confinement cells in the Separate Prison.

If you are brave enough, step inside the windowless cell, shut the door and see how long you can last. It’s not for the faint-hearted!

prison window in the ruins of a building in Port Arthur Tasmania

Driving Directions from Port Arthur to Hobart

After visiting Port Arthur, leave the site and drive back the way you came on the A9.

After driving for around 2 hours, you will come to the town of Sorell and the end of the Arthur Highway (A9). From Sorell, jump onto the Tasman Highway (A3 into Hobart).

You will cross by pretty bays and travel across large stretches of water with dramatic views as you get nearer to Hobart. We enjoyed seeing the changing colours at dusk as the sun began to set.

Sunset across the sea in Tasmania

Day Eight – Exploring Hobart

Hobart, the capital of tasmania.

Waking in Hobart only reminded me that we were coming towards the end of our time in Tasmania, which was a really sad feeling.

We had loved everything about Tasmania and would have stayed for a lot longer if we had known how beautiful and welcoming it would be. Nevertheless, we still had one full day left to explore Hobart, and we would make the most of it.

view of the houses in Hobart with Mt Wellington in the distance.

Being the capital of Tasmania means there are plenty of things to see in Hobart, and the waterfront is the best place to start.

You will find Constitution Dock and Franklin Wharf here, where you can wander around, see moored boats, and visit cafes and restaurants.

You can also visit Australia’s second oldest museum, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

a cruise liner in Hobart harbour with smaller vessels moored up beside it

Close by is Salamanca Place, home to the famous Saturday market in Hobart.

We missed the market as we arrived mid-week; however, Salamanca Place is full of lovely eateries, galleries and artisan shops.

Angie leaning against a full size bunny/woman sculpture in bronze in Hobart

Take the Kelly Steps from Salamanca Place to Battery Point to see the heritage houses in Arthur Circus, Hobart’s most affluent suburb.

Green heritage house with a road sign saying Arthur Circus.

And lastly, one place you must visit in Hobart is the botanical gardens ; the grounds are beautiful and if, like me, you love visiting botanic gardens around the world , this is one Hobart attraction you need to see.

Red Japanese Bridge across a pond in the Botanical Garden in Hobart

You can find out more about Hobart in my blog post Best things to do in Hobart in two days

Where to stay in hobart.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Hobart, there are many heritage hotels, chain hotels and private rentals.

I have detailed one from each price range and also linked to the Booking.com website, which will show a variety of pricing and availability for Hobart properties.

Luxury –  MACq 01 Hotel  – Each room is linked to real Tasmanian characters ranging from heroes, explorers and inventors, making it a fun place to stay in luxurious surroundings by the waterfront.

Comfort –  Hadley’s Orient Hotel  – Built in 1834 and heritage-listed, this is Tasmania’s oldest continuously operating boutique hotel. It is located in the Central Business District, close to all the main tourist sites.

Budget –  Shipwrights Arms  – A heritage pub with rooms built in the mid-19th century and close to Battery Point. The rooms are clean, basic and comfortable and receive a good guest rating.

Booking.com  list lots of  accommodation in Hobart  to suit all budgets. Reservations can be cancelled within 24 hours of arrival, allowing flexibility in your schedule.

My final thoughts on Tasmania

After an amazing 8 day road trip around Tasmania, it was time to fly to Sydney.

We were to continue our 6-week Australian trip along the East Coast, but if the truth be told, we didn’t really want to leave.

While spending over a week road-tripping in Tasmania had been a fantastic experience for us both, we still felt we had only rubbed the surface of this fantastic island.

Angie and Dominic hiking Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain during their Tasmania Road Trip

For this reason, I have vowed to return one day for an extended trip to Tasmania.

I will revisit places like Cradle Mountain and Hobart but also explore new places like Bridgestone Lavender, Billabong Bay, Mount Field National Park, Bruny Island and Maria Island, to name a few.

Until then, I have lovely memories of the sensational places in Tasmania I was lucky to see with my son and how one of the most unspoilt and beautiful places in the world has captured my heart forever!

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Three-Week Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

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Last Updated on February 11, 2024 by Sarah Puckett

Tasmania, Australia is one of those places I could return to again and again, which is why three weeks is the shortest itinerary I could write about this amazing island!

When Tim and I first visited Tasmania in 2014, people had one of two reactions. The first was, “Is that in Africa?” and the second was, “Why? There’s nothing to do there.” Now, four years later, the attitude towards Tasmania has changed dramatically! Australia’s island state (by the way, no, Tasmania is not in Africa) has become a hot destination for those who love hiking, wildlife, and locally sourced food.

While Tasmania has always had a lot to offer, the global travel community has only recently “discovered” the magic of this off-the-beaten-path destination. We loved Tasmania so much when we visited for a week in 2014, that we knew we would have to come back for a longer itinerary on our honeymoon trip around the world in 2018.

Below is the road trip itinerary we followed for this second visit. You can definitely cover this route in a shorter amount of time, but we wanted to take it slow. Alternatively, if you have 3 weeks or 21 days as we did but want to spend less time in each place, you can fit in a bit more, which I’ll highlight in my recommendations!

We recommend mixing and matching this Tasmania road trip itinerary to suit your needs. Whether you are building a 7-day itinerary, 14-day itinerary, 21-day itinerary, or even more, you can use our 21-day Tasmania itinerary as your base or take it as is!

Here’s what you’ll find in this three-week Tasmania itinerary.

Table of Contents

Day-by-Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4: hobart.

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is likely where you’ll be flying in and out of. This is also where you should plan to pick up and drop off your rental car for the duration of your time in Tasmania. We spent four nights in Hobart staying at an Airbnb, and I think this is a perfect amount of time for making the most of what the region offers.

>>> Click here to search for hotels in Hobart

Things to Do in Hobart

  • Mount Wellington – You can drive up to the summit of Mount Wellington, or hike from midway up the mountain from the Organ Pipes trailhead, linking that trail with the Zig Zag Trail and Panorama Trail for a great 2-3 hour hike. You’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Hobart and its surroundings.
  • Museum of Old and New Art – This museum is best known for its confronting and explicit exhibits, including a machine that makes actual poop.

Tours in Hobart:

Day Trips from Hobart

Hobart also makes a good base for several day trips in the southeastern region of the island.

  • Maria Island – This island is accessible by ferry from a town about an hour and a half from Hobart. It’s a great place for short day walks to see unique Tasmania wildlife and geology, as well as learn a bit of history! My guide to a day trip to Maria Island from Hobart covers everything you need to know to plan your day!
  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – This is a fantastic sanctuary for getting up close with Tasmanian wildlife in an ethical way.
  • The Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site – Port Arthur Penitentiary is a fascinating destination on the Tasman Peninsula , and on the way, you can visit the unique Tessellated Pavements . For more information, check out my guide and itinerary for a Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula day trip.
  • Mount Field National Park – This national park is a short drive from Hobart and is great for hiking, making it a perfect day road trip destination from Hobart!
  • Southwest National Park – You can explore the remote wilderness on a day trip from Hobart, where you can see the national park (most of which is inaccessible by car) on a scenic flight, bush walk, and harbor cruise. Check tours on Viator .

Port Arthur Penitentiary on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania Australia

Days 5-8: Bicheno

From Hobart, it’s a quick 2.5 hours drive to Bicheno . This was our second time visiting Bicheno, and we even stayed in the same Airbnb again.

Bicheno is a small coastal town with amazing seafood and adorable fairy penguins that come ashore to nest every evening.

>>> Click here to search for places to stay in Bicheno

Things to Do in Bicheno

Day 1 in bicheno.

  • Visit the Bicheno Blowhole to watch the explosion of water that bursts from the rocks during high tide.
  • Head over to a local fishmonger to buy some fresh catch and have them cook it for you or cook yourself back in your accommodation.
  • Once it’s dark outside, grab a red-light flashlight and head to the rocky beach to try to spot the fairy penguins . Please be respectful of these wild animals by not blocking their path or getting too close. Note that white light hurts their eyes, so it is important to use a red-light torch instead.

Bicheno Blowhole Tasmania Australia

Day 2 in Bicheno

Take a day trip to spend some time exploring Freycinet National Park , which is about a 45-minute drive from town. This is one of my favorite national parks. You can take the short hike up to the Wineglass Bay viewpoint, or continue on to Hazards Beach via picturesque coves for a full day of walking in the park. The spectacular aqua water and orange rocks are well worth the 6 hours hike! Bonus Tip: Don’t miss the Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Lookout!

Freycinet National Park Tasmania Australia

Day 3 in Bicheno

  • The Bay of Fires in the north is famous for the vibrant orange rocks that give the place its name, but to be honest, Tim and I didn’t think it was that impressive or different from what you see in Freycinet. That said, we also think we may have headed to the wrong place, and it was a cloudy day.
  • Near the Bay of Fires, you can also head inland about an hour to St. Colomba Falls for a short hike to see the waterfalls.
  • Visit the Pyengana Dairy Company and the historic Pub in the Paddock.

Bay of Fires Tasmania Australia

Days 9-11: Stanley

We headed straight to Stanley from Bicheno (about a 5-hour drive from the east coast to the northwest region of the island). Stanley is most famous for The Nut – an iconic lump of rock that looms over the city. What makes this landmark even more interesting is that it is the molten core of an ancient volcano!

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Things to Do in Stanley

  • Visit The Nut , which you can access right from town via a chairlift or a short but steep climb. Once on top of The Nut, you can walk the 2km loop around it to see amazing cliff views and spot wildlife like wallabies.
  • Visit Highfield Historic Site , which is a great example of homesteading in Tasmania in the 1800s. You can visit the inside of the buildings and have a great view of The Nut from there as well.

View of Stanley from The Nut Tasmania Australia

Day Trips from Stanley

  • Rocky Cape National Park and Fern Glade Reserve – Driving east from Stanley, you can stop in Rocky Cape National Park and take a few short hikes to aboriginal caves. Heading east a little bit more, you can visit Fern Glade Reserve, which is a great place to reliably spot the elusive platypus. When we spoke with a woman who was very involved with the reserve, she said that if you stay for at least an hour, she can almost guarantee a sighting. The platypus uses the river as a highway in the early evening just before dusk so you have a good chance of seeing one swimming by!
  • Tarkine Wilderness – South of Stanley, you can follow the tourist route around the Tarkine Wilderness to visit sinkholes, rivers, and viewpoints. My favorite stop was the Trowutta Arch . The route has two portions, which can be completed in one day if you don’t plan to do any of the hikes longer than an hour– a coastal portion and a rainforest portion. You can read more about the route here .

Rocky Cape National Park Tasmania Australia

Alternative Route

You can amend this itinerary to stop in Launceston for a day or two from Hobart before getting to Stanley. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and has a charming food and drink scene. When we visited in 2014, we stayed on a sheep farm Airbnb and saw an echidna (porcupine-like animal) while hiking at Cataract Gorge . From Launceston, you can then easily get to Stanley and sync back up with this itinerary. Bonus Tip : If you visit Launceston, drive a bit east to check out the stunning lavender fields at the Bristowe Lavender Estate!

>>> Search for hotels in Launceston

Days 12-16: Cradle Mountain National Park

It’s a short 2-hour drive from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park . The alpine region offers a large range of accommodations from luxurious to budget-friendly. We stayed on the budget end at Discovery Parks and it was perfectly located directly across the street from the National Park visitor center.

>>> Click here to book a stay at Discovery Parks near Cradle Mountain National Park

You really only need a couple of days in Cradle Mountain National Park, but we stayed several nights to unwind and really relax. I recommend staying longer if you have a few more days to add to your Tasmania itinerary. The weather here can be very erratic, but if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the unique spikes of Cradle Mountain over Dove Lake .

Cradle Mountain National Park Tasmania Australia

Things to Do in Cradle Mountain National Park

  • There are many hiking options in Cradle Mountain, ranging from the relaxing and easy Dove Lake Circuit to the very challenging Summit Hike . You can get more information from the helpful team at the visitor center about the hiking opportunities in the region!
  • If you are interested in Tassie wildlife (and who isn’t!?), Devils@Cradle is a great place to visit for a few hours. Tasmanian devils are at risk in the wild due to contagious face cancer. The breeding program at the sanctuary aims to create an “insurance population” with healthy genes that can resist the disease in the wild. They have a similar program for quolls, which look like bigger, spotted ferrets, kind of.

You can head further down the west coast from Stanley to visit Strahan for 2 nights. This is another stop we made in 2014. We enjoyed visiting Hogarth Falls , Henty Sand Dunes and the quirky town production “ The Ship that Never Was ”. Many visitors also love visiting the Gordon River via a cruise. We never did this river cruise, but if we had known that you visit haunted places during it we would have been much more interested! From here you can then drive back east into Cradle Mountain.

>>> Click here to search for hotels in Strahan

Days 17-18: Bruny Island

From Cradle Mountain, we headed way south to Bruny Island , the last stop on this Tasmania itinerary. To get to Bruny Island, you must take a car ferry. You can buy your return ticket when you get to the ferry terminal (about $30 AUD). We only stayed 2 nights in Bruny Island but I wish we could have stayed longer! This idyllic region is full of big coastal views, unique wildlife like white wallabies (which are albino), and amazing farm-to-table food.

>>> Click here to search for hotels on Bruny Island

We stayed in Adventure Bay on the southern half of the island, right by the trailhead for the Fluted Cape walk . This 3-hour walk climbs up the coastal cliffs and offers amazing views of the crashing waves below.

Fluted Cape Walk Bruny Island Tasmania Australia

After working up an appetite, I recommend heading to the northern part of the island to indulge in some food and drink. Enjoy beer and cheese tasting at the aptly named Bruny Island Beer and Cheese , followed by oysters at Get Shucked and ending with some honey at a little shack on the main road. If you still have some stamina, take the stairs up The Neck Lookout to get a view over both halves of the island and water surrounding either side.

Day 19: Fly out

From Bruny Island, it’s about 2 hours including the ferry ride back to Hobart to catch your departing flight!

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Don’t forget that day trips from Hobart to Port Arthur and Maria Island also fit perfectly in my comprehensive three-week Tasmania itinerary . Make sure you check it out and bookmark it for later!

Also, when you head to Cradle Mountain, consider doing the summit hike for a challenging but rewarding day!

If you plan on an in-depth exploration of Western Australia, make sure you check out (and bookmark!) my super-detailed Perth to Darwin road trip itinerary.

And while you’re in Perth, make sure you visit Rottnest Island on a day trip and spot adorable quokkas!

If you want to snorkel with manta rays or whale sharks (or both!) the Ningaloo Reef is the place to do it. My guide on snorkeling with whale sharks and manta rays has all the details.

If you’re heading all the way to the northern region of Western Australia, I highly recommend visiting Purnululu National Park and splurging on a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Range . My guide covers everything you need to know to make this bucket-list-worthy adventure happen!

Have a specific question about this Tasmania itinerary or anything Australia? Leave a comment below or contact me !

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I somehow never made it to Tassy when I lived in Australia for 2 years…it’s definitely top of my list for when I go back! Cradle Mountain looks epic for hiking and I’d love to go to the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary. You highlight some places I’d not heard of too, so I’m bookmarking this post for my next trip; looks like a fab itinerary.

Thanks so much for reading and I am glad you found it inspiring! It’s definitely a place I think we’ll keep coming back to 🙂

I would highly recommend going to Strahan and the surrounding areas. Stunning location, never been developed in many areas and well worth spending a few days in the associated towns.

Strahan is great!! Good recommendation!

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Self-drive Tasmania Itinerary (7 Days)

7-day tasmanian road trip itinerary, the 'tassie whirlwind' self-drive holiday.

This Tasmania self-drive 7-day itinerary is what I like to call the ‘Tassie Whirlwind’.

It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s jam-packed full of things to see and do, and you’re going to have the time of your life!

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Self-drive Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

Do you only have one week for your Tasmania itinerary?

Don’t listen to the nay-sayers… 7 days is all the time you need to get a taste of the Lap of Tasmania and have the road trip of your life!

At the same time, with 1 week in Tasmania it is important to realise that every minute counts.

Read More: Complete Guide to the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ Ferry

Day 1 – Hobart to Strahan (via Mt Field)

Day 2 – Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Day 3 – Cradle Mountain to Launceston (via Stanley)

Day 4 – Launceston to Bay of Fires (via Tamar Valley)

Day 5 – Bay of Fires to Freycinet

Day 6 – Freycinet to Port Arthur

Day 7 – Port Arthur to Hobart (via Richmond)

<Bonus #1> East Coast Loop

<Bonus #2> West Coast Loop

Fair warning, one week is the absolute minimum amount of time I recommend for a full  Lap of Tasmania .

It’s a small island, but it is also jam-packed full of things to see and do.

This Tasmania self-drive 7-day itinerary takes you to Tassie’s Big 12  iconic natural wonders and historic sites, while also giving you the chance to taste the amazing food you’ll find around every corner.

Do you like to live life in the fast lane? Do you try to pack as much as possible into your holiday? Do you find the drive just as enjoyable as the destination?

If you answered ‘yes’, then this exciting ‘Tassie Whirlwind’ is the itinerary you’ve been looking for, showing you the best bits of Tasmania in 7 days!

ps. If this sounds a bit too quick for you, then please have a look at my  Tasmania Itinerary (10 Days) , or  Tasmania Itinerary (14 Days)  for a more relaxed self-drive road trip.

 2x Bonus 7-day Self-Drive Loop Itineraries

I also provide two bonus 7-day itinerary options – the East Coast Loop  and West Coast Loop . 

With less driving , and more time at each destination these itineraries are a fantastic alternative to the full Lap of Tasmania – and they give you the perfect reason to return to Tasmania for another road trip!

Click here to find out more

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan (via Mt Field)

  • Explore New Norfolk – St Matthews church, Bush Inn and Drill Hall Emporium
  • Salmon Ponds
  • Russell Falls (Mt Field)
  • Wall in the Wilderness – OR – Lake St Clair
  • Drive the ’99 Bends’ between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown
  • Franklin River Nature Trail – OR – Nelson Falls Nature trail
  • Iron Blow Lookout (Queenstown)
  • Budget – Strahan Village (Strahan)
  • Bed and Breakfast – Harrison House B&B (Strahan)
  • Luxe – Wheelhouse Apartments (Strahan)
  • Camping – Big4 Strahan Holiday Retreat (Strahan)

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Book the ‘Bed, Breakfast & Boat’ package with Harrison House B&B, and when you mention the Lap of Tasmania you will also receive your choice of either:

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Strahan is a small town with limited late night dining options – especially on a Sunday.

View 42 (all week), Hamers Bar & Bistro (all week), and Risby Cove  (Wed-Sun) are your three best options, but make sure you arrive before 8:30pm. Regatta Point Tavern is also a good option, however they are only open from 6-8pm for dinner (all week).

For other venues around town try to arrive before 6:30pm.

Day 2: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

  • Gordon River Cruise  ( Promo Code : LAPOFTAS for 10% OFF ) – OR – ‘ River and Rainforest’ Wilderness Railway Tour
  • Zeehan – Spray Tunnel (if time allows)
  • Vale of Belvoir Lookout
  • Cradle Mountain Village – Explore short walks around the interpretation centre
  • ‘After Dark’ Tassie Devil feeding tour
  • Best of the Best – Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village –  Promo Code:  LAPOFTAS for 10% OFF
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain –  Promo Code:  TASBINGO  for  25% OFF
  • Budget  – Cradle Mountain Highlanders  
  • Luxe – Cradle Mountain Lodge

Read More: Cradle Mountain Accommodation – 6 Amazing Places to Stay

Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston (via Stanley and Sheffield)

  • Dove Lake loop walk
  • Hellyer Gorge scenic drive
  • The ‘Nut’ – Chairlift to the top of the ‘Nut and explore
  • Coastal drive through Burnie, Penguin and Devonport
  • Anvers Chocolates (Latrobe)
  • See the murals at Sheffield (if time permits)
  • Ashgrove Cheese – OR – Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm – OR – Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • Hagley – Hazelbrae Hazelnuts (enjoy a picnic in the beautiful orchard!)
  • Drive through the historic towns of Deloraine, Westbury and Hadspen
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Hadspen –  Promo Code:  TASBINGO  for  25% OFF
  • Budget – Leisure Inn Penny Royal Apartments   (Launceston)
  • Mid-Range – Kurrajong House  (Launceston)
  • Modern – Hotel Verge (Launceston)
  • Indulgence – Peppers Silo (Launceston)

Read More : Best Places to Stay in Launceston

Optional alternative

Day 3 is a big day. By staying in Sheffield or Devonport (instead of Launceston) you can have a bit more time in either Cradle Mountain or Stanley. 

The only downside is that Day 4 will be a little bit longer, and you won’t stop in Launceston – pushing through to Bay of Fires instead.

Day 4: Launceston to Bay of Fires (via the Tamar Valley)

  • Launceston – Cataract Gorge
  • Tamar Valley Wineries (after 11am) – Moores Hill, Small Wonder
  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm (allow an extra 40mins drive time)
  • ‘Tin Dragon’ – See the historic towns of Branxholm, Derby and Weldborough
  • Pyengana – Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe, St Columba Falls, Pub in the Paddock
  • Mountain bikers will want at least half a day to ride the world-class trails of ‘Blue Derby’
  • Camping – Big4 St Helens Holiday Park (St Helens)
  • Budget – Queechy Motel   (St Helens)
  • Relaxing B&B – Beaumaris Beach Guest House (Beaumaris Beach)
  • Indulgence – Sea Eagle Cottage (Binalong Bay)

🎉 Special Offer!

Use my LAPOFTAS code when booking your beach escape at Beaumaris Beach Guest House and receive 5% OFF all room rates !

Valid for direct bookings only, and not available in combination with other offers.

Day 5: Bay of Fires to Coles Bay (Freycinet)

  • Explore the Bay of Fires beaches, dunes and coves north of Binalong Bay
  • Four Mile Creek – Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery -OR – Apsley River Waterhole
  • Bicheno – The Bicheno blowhole
  • Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Friendly Beaches
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse
  • Camping – Big4 Iluka on Freycinet (Coles Bay)
  • Great Value B&B – Freycinet Waters B&B   (Swansea – 40mins from Coles Bay)
  • Indulgence – Freycinet Lodge  (Coles Bay)
  • Ultimate Luxury – Picnic Island (Coles Bay)

🌞 Special Offer - Freycinet Waters B&B

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your cosy seaside retreat at Freycinet Waters B&B and receive:

Day 6: Coles Bay (Freycinet) to Port Arthur

  • Walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout
  • East Coast Wineries – Devil’s Corner, Spring Vale and Milton vineyards
  • Swansea – Spiky Bridge
  • Pirate’s Bay Lookout
  • Tessellated Pavement – OR – Officer’s Quarters Museum (Eaglehawk Neck)
  • Tasman Arch / Devil’s Kitchen / Remarkable Cave
  • Port Arthur Ghost Tour
  • Camping – NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park   (Port Arthur)
  • Budget – Port Arthur Villas (Port Arthur)
  • Relaxing B&B – Storm Bay B&B (White Beach – 10mins from Port Arthur)
  • Indulgence – Stewarts Bay Lodge (Port Arthur)

🌞 Special Offer - Storm Bay B&B

Use my LAPOFTAS code online, or mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your relaxing escape at  Storm Bay B&B on the beautiful Tasman Peninsula and receive:

  • 10% OFF stays of 2-nights or longer

Valid for direct bookings only. Some blockout dates may apply. Not applicable to tours booked through Storm Bay B&B.

 🌞  Day Trip to Maria Island

For something truly special, if you have an extra day available why not consider a day trip to Maria Island?

This island is pure magic, getting you close to nature without the crowds. Wombats are everywhere, the walks are stunning, and there is plenty of history as well.

You will need to allow a full day, as you can’t drive onto the island. 

If you are keen for DIY day trip, the ferry takes 30 minutes each way from Triabunna Wharf. Don’t forget to take a packed lunch as well, as there are no shops on the island.

Alternatively, let the wonderful crew at Maria Island Cruises take care of you as you enjoy a cruise/walk combo. Both of their tours provide the opportunity to spend time on the island exploring by foot, but you also get the choice of either a full circumnavigation of the island, or a cruise to the stunning Ile des Phoques. Use my LAPOFTAS code and receive 10% OFF your cruise!

Click here to check prices and make your booking

Day 7: Port Arthur to Hobart (via Richmond)

  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Richmond Village – See St John’s Church, Richmond Bridge, historic Main Street, Richmond Gaol, and the Richmond Wine Wall
  • Wicked Cheese
  • Pooley Wines – OR – Coal River Farm
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Hobart –  Promo Code:  TASBINGO  for  25% OFF
  • Couples B&B (south side) –  Waterview Gardens B&B  (Margate)
  • Couples B&B (east side) –  Oceana B&B  (Howrah)
  • Budget (Families) – Bay Hotel Apartments   (Hobart)
  • Budget (Couples) – Alabama Hotel  (Hobart)
  • Budget (Historic) – Edinburgh Gallery (Hobart)
  • Mid-Range – RACV/RACT Hotel Apartments (Hobart)
  • Indulgence – MACq 01 (Hobart)
  • Ultimate Luxury – MONA Pavilions (Hobart)

Read More : Best Places to Stay in Hobart

🌞 Special Offer - Waterview Gardens B&B

Mention the  Lap of Tasmania  when booking your delightful Hobart getaway at  Waterview Gardens B&B  and receive:

  • 10% OFF  your booking; and
  • FREE bottle of bubbles 🍾 – OR –  cheese platter 🧀 upon arrival!

(Bonus) Tasmania Self-Drive 7-Day Itineraries

If you’ve only got one week in Tasmania and you don’t want your road trip to feel rushed, then you’ll love these two little loop itineraries.

Less driving. More sight-seeing!

East Coast Loop | Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

This 7-day itinerary takes you along Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast, up to Launceston and then back down through Tasmania’s midlands and the historic towns of Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands.

As with all my itineraries, you can drive it either clockwise or anti-clockwise and you also have the freedom of starting in either Hobart, Launceston or Devonport (with an additional 1hr).

Day 1: Hobart to Port Arthur

  • See : Richmond Village | Eaglehawk Neck | Tessellated Pavement | Tasman Arch
  • Eat : Coal Valley Farm | Wicked Cheese | Bangor Vineyard Shed | Port Arthur Lavender Farm
  • Stay : Storm Bay B&B

Day 2: Port Arthur to Freycinet

  • See : Port Arthur Historic Site | Spiky Bridge | Cape Tourville Lighthouse
  • Eat : East Coast Wineries | Freycinet Marine Farm | The Bay Restaurant
  • Stay : Freycinet Lodge – OR – Freycinet Waters B&B

Day 3: Freycinet

  • See : Wineglass Bay Cruise |   Freycinet/Maria Island Scenic Flight
  • Eat : The Edge Restaurant | Geographe Cafe

Day 4: Freycinet to Bay of Fires

  • See : Friendly Beaches | Bicheno Blowhole | Apsley River Waterhole | St Helens
  • Eat : Lobster Shack | Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery | Life Buoy Cafe
  • Stay : Beaumaris Beach Guest House – OR – Bay of Fires Eco-Hut

Day 5: Bay of Fires

  • See : Bay of Fires Eco Tour | Explore Bay of Fires beaches
  • Eat : Lease 65 Oysters | The Wharf Bar and Kitchen (St Helens) | Parkside Bar and Kitchen (St Helens)
  • Stay :  Beaumaris Beach Guest House – OR – Bay of Fires Eco-Hut

Day 6: Bay of Fires to Launceston

  • See : Pyengana Dairy Farm | Bridestowe Lavender Farm | Tamar Valley Wineries | Cataract Gorge
  • Eat : Pyengana Farm Gate Cafe | Piper’s Brook Vineyard Cafe | Stelo at Pierres
  • Stay : Change Overnight

Day 7: Launceston to Hobart

  • See : Josef Chromy Wines | Woolmers Estate | Brickendon Estate | Ross Female Factory | Callington Mill
  • Eat : Stillwater | Ross Village Bakery | Feisty Hen Pantry | Imbibers | Shene Estate and Distillery
  • Stay : MACq 01 Hotel – OR – Prospect House Private Hotel

West Coast Loop | Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

Day 1: hobart to strahan or queenstown.

  • See : New Norfolk | Russell Falls | Wall in the Wilderness | Lake St Clair | Queenstown
  • Eat :  Agrarian Kitchen | Salmon Ponds | Waterfalls Cafe | Tracks Cafe | View 42 | Empire Hotel
  • Stay : Harrison House B&B (Strahan) – OR – Penghana B&B (Queenstown)

Day 2: Strahan or Queenstown

  • See : Macquarie Harbour Cruise | The Ship That Never Was | Ocean Beach | Henty Dunes
  • Eat :  Risby Cove | View 42 | Empire Hotel
  • Stay :  Harrison House B&B (Strahan) – OR – Penghana B&B (Queenstown)

Day 3: Strahan/Queenstown to Cradle Mountain

  • See : West Coast Wilderness Railway | Zeehan Spray Tunnel | Cradle Mountain short walks
  • Eat : Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Tavern Bar and Bistro – OR – Highland Restaurant)
  • Stay : Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village   (Cradle Mountain)

Day 4: Cradle Mountain

  • See : Dove Lake loop walk | Cradle Canyons Tour |  Wilderness Gallery | Waldheim Alpine Spa
  • Eat : Picnic hamper | Wine and cheese tasting | Altitude Restaurant

Day 5: Cradle Mountain to Stanley

  • See : Hellyer Gorge | Table Cape | Boat Harbour Beach | Highfield House | The ‘Nut’
  • Eat : Touchwood | Stanley Hotel and Bistro 
  • Stay : The Ark Stanley B&B (Stanley)

Day 6: Stanley to Launceston (via Devonport and Sheffield)

  • See : Coastal drive | Sheffield murals | Mole Creek caves | Deloraine
  • Eat : Hellyers Distillery | Anvers Chocolates | Blacksmith Cafe | Ashgrove Cheese | Christmas Hills | Van Diemens Land Creamery | Hazelbrae
  • Stay : MACq 01 Hotel

Plan your Tasmania road trip

I hope you have found my 7-day Tasmania road trip itinerary useful in planning your holiday!

To put it all together just takes 5 simple steps…

  • Learn more about the Lap of Tasmania,  the best time to visit and places to see
  • Plan your road trip itinerary (right here!)
  • Book your flight or ferry to Tasmania
  • Book your hire car or campervan
  • Book your accommodation

Happy travels, Andrew.

ps. If this is your first time visiting Tasmania, or you are a bit nervous about planning your road trip, then you will love my eBook – “ How to Plan Your Tasmania Road Trip “. It  takes you through the whole process in easy-to-follow steps and also includes a free Holiday Planner that you can use for Tasmania and any other holiday you take in the future!

Travel planning resources

Tasmania’s remote location means there are internet ‘black spots’ across the island. 

A hard copy travel guide or map is the perfect backup, and I love the range from Lonely Planet.

Guide to Tasmania

Map of tasmania, road trip guide.

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