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by Emily Cass | Nov 6, 2023 | Australia & NZ , Most Popular | 14 comments

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.


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.


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.


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

  • 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:


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.


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


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 


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


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)


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.


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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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 🙂


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.


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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Australia , Oceania , Road Trips , Tasmania , Travel Itineraries · July 29, 2019

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.

Related Post: The Best Tamar Valley Wineries & Vineyards near Launceston, Tasmania

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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  • 4 Amazing Spots to go Glamping in Tasmania
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  • 50+ Famous Landmarks in Australia (in every state)

Disclosure: During our Tasmania Road Trip, we were hosted by  Europcar ,  Discover Tasmania , and  Accor Hotels . All opinions expressed in this post are my own. For further information, please visit the links above.

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May 1, 2021 at 8:18 am

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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tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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!


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 .

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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


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


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…


Bay of Fires

Suggested time – 1.5 days


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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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.


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.


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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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


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


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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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 .

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

  • 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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

  • 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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

  • 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

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

  • 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 best itineraries for a spectacular Tasmania road trip

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This post was originally published on A Globe Well Travelled in 2014. The content has been revised and updated with fresh information.

I spent 22 years living in this naturally beautiful Australian state.

My childhood was filled with day trips up the coast, hiking in national parks, visiting waterfalls and viewpoints and rock formations. This seemingly tiny state has a surprisingly large number of things to see and do.

Through various conversations about my home state, I realised that many people want to experience the best of Tassie but have no idea how to go about it, so I’m going to share some amazing Tasmania road trip itineraries with you!

Bruny Island, Tasmania

How to get to Tasmania:

The easiest way to get to Tasmania from mainland Australia is to fly into Hobart or Launceston (every time I step off the plane in Tasmania I take an alarmingly large breath of the fresh air. There really is nothing else like it!). Once you’ve arrived, rent a car from the airport for driving around the state. A regular small car will do the job – there’s no need for a 4WD or anything.

You can also take your own car across the Bass Strait from Melbourne to Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania . This is an especially useful option if you own a caravan or campervan and want to use it for your Tassie travels.

When to go to Tasmania:

Tasmania is great at any time of year, but generally speaking, the best travel time is October to March as the temperatures are more tolerable for you mainland folk. Expect large crowds around Christmas and New Year during the Taste of Tasmania festival and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Winter in Tasmania can be cold and wet but you can expect this weather any time of year, so be prepared for all weather conditions no matter when you travel. Every time I head down to Hobart to visit my family, I take clothing that I would wear on the coldest winter days in Sydney (no matter what time of year I head down), and I always pack waterproof boots and a rain jacket.

Tarn Shelf track at Mt. Field National Park in Tasmania

How long does it take to drive around Tasmania:

The number one biggest mistake people make when they visit Tasmania is thinking they can zoom around the state in a few days, but this is impossible unless you only plan to visit one or two destinations. There is so much to see and a million places to explore – you will seriously regret it if you don’t give yourself enough time to see the state properly.

I’ve compiled three recommended itineraries in this post which are 7, 10, and 14 nights. The shortest itinerary involves about 11 hours of driving time, and the longest itinerary is about 23 hours total.  I’ve limited the driving time to a max of 4 hours per day to slow the pace of these Tasmania road trips and make the itinerary manageable for everyone.

Entering Tasmania’s national parks:

All of the following itineraries include entering two or more national parks. If you’re driving around Tasmania, you’ll needs a parks pass each time you enter a park. Get a National Parks Holiday Pass for your vehicle, which costs $80 AUD and allows you to enter all parks over a two month period. This will save you a lot of hassle buying a day pass at each park, and will be much cheaper, too.

Tahune Airwalk in the Huon Valley, Tasmania

Destinations to visit in Tasmania:

  • Hobart:  Hobart is Tasmania’s capital and the largest city in the state. From here, you can do day trips to locations such as Richmond, Bruny Island, or the Huon Valley .
  • Tasman Peninsula: On the Tasman Peninsula you’ll find the historic Port Arthur convict settlement which is one of Tasmania’s most visited destinations.
  • East Coast:  The small towns of Coles Bay and Bicheno are popular spots for accessing Freycinet National Park and the world-famous Wineglass Bay.
  • North East Coast:  The township of St Helens is located near the Bay of Fires, which is known for having vibrant turquoise waters and red-tinted rocks.
  • Launceston: Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city. Close by is the popular Tamar Valley wine region and rolling fields of lavender that bloom mid-summer.
  • North West:  Stanley is a tiny coastal town with unique geological features. The town of Penguin is also an interesting stop with sculptures themed on its name.
  • Cradle Mountain: Cradle Mountain National Park attracts eco-conscious visitors with dramatic scenery and wildlife, located in a remote area far from civilisation.
  • Strahan:  On Tasmania’s West Coast is the historic township of Strahan, which is next to stunning natural landscapes in Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
  • Midlands:  Mount Field National Park in Tasmania’s midlands is frequented by locals with a range of hikes that visit waterfalls, rainforest, and alpine lakes.

Bicheno, Tasmania

Tasmania guided tour options:

If you just don’t have the time to drive around but still want to see Tasmania, there are a few multi-day tours that will allow you to see the best of the state in a short amount of time. Here are a few options:

  • 5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart (including Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston & Bicheno)
  • 6-Day Tasmanian Explorer Adventure Tour from Hobart (including Port Arthur, Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston & Bicheno)
  • 7-Day Super Value Tour of Tasmania (including Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston, Bicheno, Bruny Island & Port Arthur)

Tasmania road trip itineraries:

7 night Hobart to Launceston Tasmania road trip

7 nights – Hobart to Launceston

  • 2 nights in Hobart
  • 1 night on the Tasman Peninsula
  • 2 nights in Coles Bay or Bicheno
  • 1 night in Launceston
  • 1 night in Cradle Mountain

Total driving time: 11 hours

This itinerary is for those who can only wrangle a week off work and therefore have to travel weekend to weekend. If you can, try to fly into Hobart on a Friday night so that you can make it to Salamanca Market on the Saturday morning.

This Tassie road trip is truly a ‘best of’ itinerary that hits up the flashiest destinations in a short timeframe. You will be happily exhausted by the end of it and will feel like you got to see what Tasmania is all about.

10 night Tasmania road trip itinerary from Hobart

10 nights – Hobart to Hobart

  • 2 nights in Coles Bay or Bicheno
  • 2 nights in Strahan
  • 1 night near Mount Field

Total driving time: 17 hours

With 10 nights in Tasmania, you’ll be able to visit a decent amount of the state including the major cities, the small towns, and the national parks. You can choose to start this loop in either Hobart or Launceston. It’s a fairly comprehensive itinerary but at a reasonably fast pace.

14 night Tasmania road trip itinerary from Hobart, Launceston, or Devonport

14 nights – Hobart to Hobart

  • 3 nights in Hobart
  • 1 night in St Helens
  • 1 night in Stanley
  • 2 nights in Cradle Mountain

Total driving time: 23 hours

If you can manage to get two weeks in Tasmania for your holiday, this is the best way to fill it. On this itinerary, you’ll get to see Tasmania’s best destinations with a little extra time to do it all at a more relaxed pace.

This option is also the best one for those of you coming over on the Spirit of Tasmania, because that boat is fairly expensive and you will want to make the most of the trip over. It’s easy to start and end the loop in Devonport if this is your deal.

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U forgot Bruny Island esp the neck 🙂

True, though we’d have to make it a 3 week trip then! I did add Bruny into my comprehensive local’s guide to Hobart post 🙂

What an excellent article, makes me want to travel to Australia! Glad I found your website 🙂

Thanks so much JP, I’m really glad you like it! You should definitely travel Australia if you get the chance 🙂

I love Tasmania! Since I’m in Melbourne, it’s the perfect long weekend getaway! I haven’t seen it all yet though, so I’ll definitely use your guide here next time I’m heading down for a Tassy adventure. x

Tasmanians and Melbournians swap cities for weekend getaways I think, I used to head there about twice a year for shopping trips and AFL games! There’s definitely a lot to see in Tas, if you need any recommendations let me know 🙂

Oh wow, thanks for this post! 🙂 I just thought about making a road trip in Tasmania as I live in Australia as an Au Pair and wanna see as much as I can 😀 But like you said I had no idea where to start and what to see, though this really helps me. 😀

Cheers, Sanji

Wow, how much time have you got to travel Australia Sanji? It’s a big place, but there’s definitely a few key places worth seeing! If you need any recommendations let me know 😀

Thank you very much for the itenary! My family of 2 adult and a 10 years old girl inted to visit Tas this coming Aug/Sep. Would you suggest us to follow this itenary or make some changes due to the weather? We plan to spen 10 days in Tas and might want to include some ski lessons.

You’re welcome, Loke! If you do the 10 day itinerary and skip St Helens or Launceston, you can ski at Ben Lomond instead. The weather is usually wet around August, but not much you can do about it – take a good raincoat and you’ll be fine!

Hi, is there a fully guided tour for the 10-d itinerary u can recommend with details and price? Tks!

There are a few companies that do some great Tasmania tours – this 12 day Perfect Tasmania tour by Trafalgar is the closest one I can find to the 10 day itinerary! 🙂

Hi. I’ve been looking into doing this by myself. I don’t want to miss out on any of these fantastic places you’ve mentioned so thank you. Is there a chance on seeing the southern lights in any of those places?

That’s great, Cris! I’m so glad you’ll be seeing some of my home state. I’ve seen the southern lights about 2 or 3 times in my lifetime, so it is rare. Sometimes you’ll be able to capture the glow of the lights on the horizon with a long exposure photo, without seeing them with the naked eye. You can read a bit more about my experience photographing them here 🙂

Hello how much is your Hobart to Hobart 14 night self drive holiday & whats included in the price. Thanks. Awaiting your reply.

The 14d program looks good but I was wondering if this is all sealed as most of the campers don’t allow gravel and do you have details on what to do at each place?

We are a fam of 4 travelling at the worst time over late Dec, early Jan for 18d in Tas.

Looking at a campervan and staying at national parks and community or free caravan sites.

Yes the main routes on this itinerary are sealed road, through there are a few places where you will have to venture onto gravel road to access the sites (last time I checked, Freycinet National Park was one). If you’re worried about driving there in a campervan, there may be local tour options that will allow you to see the sites without using those roads. I have more posts on some of the destinations in my Tasmania archives 🙂

We’re going to Tassie with our caravan for a month, mainly October. Any additions to your ideas for a longer road trip itinerary for that amount of time? Thank you!

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

Self-Drive Tasmania: The Best Trip Planner for an Ultimate Road Trip

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Imagine this: I’m spending over a month in the rugged wilderness of Tasmania, an Australian island that’s a world unto itself. This place, one of the last accessible frontiers of raw, untouched nature, is a magnet for anyone with a thirst for adventure. The journey itself is captivating – empty roads meander through an ever-changing canvas of landscapes, making every mile an unfolding story.

In my trusty camper van, which quickly becomes more than just a vehicle but a mobile home, I dive deep into the heart of Tasmania. This extended stay isn’t just a visit; it’s a full immersion into the island’s soul. Every day is a new chapter, each destination a fresh revelation.

Given the luxury of time that many might not have, it didn’t feel right to just churn out a standard X-day Tasmania road trip itinerary. How could I distill this rich, sprawling experience into just a handful of days? Instead, I’ve put together a Tasmania trip planner, a guide born from my extensive explorations. This isn’t about prescribing a route; it’s about offering you the tools to weave your own Tasmanian tapestry, to build a journey that echoes your personal rhythm and style. So, get ready to chart your own course through Tasmania’s wild beauty!

How to get to Tasmania

Ferry - Spirit of Tasmania

As Tasmania is an island, which is not connected to the mainland by any tunnels or bridges, the only way to get there is by boat or by plane. If you want to bring your own car, you can take the ferry, the Spirit of Tasmania . They provide a regular daily service between Melbourne and Devonport.

If you prefer to fly , you can take a flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston, or Hobart. Launceston is a city in the North of Tasmania. Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, situated in the South.

Don’t miss: Our Complete Tasmania Travel Guide

Best time to visit Tasmania

Tasmania can best be visited between December and February. The temperatures are best during this time of the year. Nature is stunning and there are plenty of  activities  that can be done. But always be prepared for a cool day and cold nights.

Average day temperatures and rainfall in Tasmania. Blue indicates the best travel time

Car rental Tasmania

If you choose to fly to Tasmania, you can rent a car at both the airports in Hobart and Launceston. This is the easiest way to go, as there is barely any public transport in Tasmania, not even an option to bring you into town from the airport.

As the roads are pretty solid in Tasmania, you should be very fine with renting a 2WD car. This can either be a small car, a station wagon, a Camper Van or an RV.

Camping is very common in Tasmania and you will find a lot of free camps and campsites all around. But if camping is not your thing, don’t be afraid, as there are also many opportunities when it comes to B&B’s, hotels, and hostels!

Self-Driving Tasmania

Australia - Traffic Sign

In Tasmania, you drive on the left side of the road, just like in the rest of Australia. This also means that you have to stay on the left unless you are passing.

Always be aware of wildlife. They can cross the road literally any moment of the day. We had to stop a couple of times to let some wildlife cross the road, like an echidna, several wallabies, a goanna, and even a Tasmanian Devil!

If you didn’t see them in time and you hit an animal, always make sure to stop. See if the animal can be rescued or if it had any babies with it that need to be taken care of. Call the Wildlife Rescue at 1300 094 737 to report an animal that needs help.

Always wear your seatbelt and use hands-free devices. Stick to the speed limits, which is 50 km/h in urban areas, 100 km/h in rural areas, and 110 km/h on the highway. Please be aware that gas stations might be further away from each other than you expect, so don’t forget to fuel up on time!

If you don’t like to travel around Tasmania by yourself, check out this amazing 6 day tour.

Know before you go

There are a couple of things you need to know before you start your road trip around Tasmania.

Tasmania National Park Pass

National Park -Tasmania

A National Park Pass is a pass that gives you permission to enter a national park in Tasmania. You can either purchase a single-entry ticket, that gives you access for 24 hours, or you can purchase a holiday pass, that is valid for all the national parks in Tasmania for 8 weeks.

It might save you a lot of money on your Tasmanian road trip to purchase the holiday pass, even when you don’t spend the full 8 weeks in Tasmania. Below are the costs for the different national park passes:

  • Single entry (24 hours): AU$22, which is valid for 1 vehicle and up to 8 persons
  • Holiday pass (8 weeks): AU$56, which is valid for 1 vehicle and up to 8 persons

If you are planning on going to more than 2 national parks, it is more affordable to purchase the holiday pass.

Tip: You can purchase your national park pass at the entrance of any national park, any visitor center or at the Spirit of Tasmania I & II if you arrive by ferry.

Southern Lights

Southern Lights - Tasmania

You might not expect it, but in Tasmania, it is possible to see the Southern Lights! This is also called the Aurora Australis. It is the same natural phenomenon as the Northern Lights, but then in the Southern Hemisphere.

Actually, Tasmania is one of the best places in the world to see these incredible light shows. So, if you travel around, don’t forget to check the aurora forecast and set an alarm clock if the chances are high!

You can see the Southern Lights pretty much everywhere in Tasmania. Just make sure your view to the South isn’t blocked by large mountains or trees. It also helps a lot when you are away from the city so that you don’t have light pollution.

Tip : Join the Facebook group Aurora Australis Tasmania to get to know if and where there is a chance to capture the Southern Lights.


Tasmania - Bioluminescence

Another phenomenon to be seen in Tasmania is the bioluminescence, also called sea sparkle. When it gets dark the water lightens up in a bright blue color. The glow is caused by specific algae or plant plankton, flashing when they are disturbed by waves or currents.

This sea sparkle is especially known to be seen around Hobart. So, if you are around, check out if there is a chance to see it!

TIP : Become a member of the Facebook group bioluminescence Tasmania to get to know if and where there is a chance to see this blue fluorescence.

Self-Drive Tasmania Road Trip Planner

That was some basic information about Tasmania. You know where to rent a car and what you always have to look out for. So, now it’s time to finally dive into the beautiful sights, amazing things to do, and incredible National Parks to explore in Tasmania!

I start this road trip around Tasmania in Hobart, but you can literally start anywhere. If you fly to Launceston, scroll down to that point and start planning your Tasmania itinerary from there. Same story if you arrive by ferry in Devonport!

Interactive map of Tasmania

Below you’ll find an interactive map of Tasmania, where you can see all the stops, places of interest, things to do and places to sleep which I discuss in this post. Simply click on the map to integrate it into your Google Maps and navigate to the next stop on your route!

Hobart - Tasmania

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, but when you have been to Melbourne or Sydney, you will be amazed by the small size. It really is a cute and compact town where you are able to find anything you need. You can see it all in a day, but you can easily spend here 3 days as well.

Driving isn’t the most comfortable in the city center, as there are a lot of really small and narrow roads. Do you have a Camper Van? Don’t even bother trying to park in the city! Park just outside the center and walk in 10-15 minutes into town.

Tours we recommend:

Mount wellington.

Mount Wellington - Tasmania

Mount Wellington is one of the iconic sights in Hobart. You can drive all the way to the top of the mountain via a winding steep road. It is worth all your time and effort, as the views on a clear day are incredible! Especially during sunrise or sunset.

Once at the top, you can walk onto a viewing platform to have a view over the city and the ocean. There is also an inside viewing platform if you feel cold. Don’t forget, you can climb up a mountain and the temperature can easily be a couple of degrees colder than in the city! When we visited Mount Welling the temperature change was 12 degrees!

Also, don’t forget about the wind. Without any shelter, you will be fully exposed to it. Bring a windproof jacket, gloves, and a hat if you want to prepare yourself!

Salamanca Market

The Salamanca Market is a street market, held every Saturday from 8.30 am until 3.00 pm at Salamanca place. This is in the middle of the city center of Hobart. It is a very vibrant market with lots of handicrafts, arts, jewelry, organic produce, and delicious local foods and breweries.

With over 300 stands, you can easily spend there the whole morning. Wander around, take in the relaxed vibes and search for a beautiful souvenir.

MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art

Mona - Hobart Tasmania

This Museum of Old and New Art is a must-visit when in Hobart. You can get here by car or by ferry. It is a very interactive art museum, where old and modern art is combined.

So, what can you expect to see here? Although it is a very modern and interactive museum, there is also art hanging on the walls. But instead of figuring out what it is all about, you get a device where you can listen to the founder of the museum and sometimes the artist himself. They explain the story behind the art, which makes it way easier to understand.

There is also a lot of interactive art, where you can actually participate in to let it work. For example the pulse bulb, that shows your pulse when you hold on to a metal bar. And there is also a device that lets the wind do the work. Yes, you do understand it right, the wind makes the art here!

You can easily spend half a day at MONA. And if the weather is good you can enjoy lunch or a drink in the garden of the restaurant and watch the boats come by over the river.

Rektango Live Music

Every Friday night from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm there is a free live music event at Salamanca place. Right behind the Peacock theater people gather to enjoy the music with some drinks.

So, if you are around on a Friday night, definitely go here to get a real local Tasmanian experience!

Places to stay in Hobart

There are several backpacker hostels situated in the middle of the city center. A private room in a hostel is available from US$45 to US$50 a night.

If you want a bit more luxury the Tasmania Inn offers great value for their price. You can book a room from US$65 a night. It is still very close to the city center and they have a restaurant where you can enjoy a dinner buffet for US$21 per person.

The Lea Bush Camp is a very good campsite which is only a 15-minute drive out of Hobart. They only charge AU$10 per person for an unpowered site and AU$12.50 for a powered site. The amenities are spotless and the camp kitchen is a big plus. Outside the bush fire season, you are also allowed to make a campfire at one of the designated spots.

The Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site

Its time to actually start your self-drive Tasmania road trip! And it starts with a 70-minute drive from Hobart to the rugged Tasman Peninsula. Access to this Peninsula is via the ‘Eaglehawk Neck’, which is an isthmus of only 30 meters wide. Back in the old days, this place was guarded by dogs to prevent the convicts from escaping.

Most of the peninsula is a national park and it offers spectacular coastlines, blowholes, caves and two world heritage listed convict sites. There are also lots of walking tracks!

Depending on how much time you have I would suggest taking at least 1 day to explore the highlights of this part of Tasmania. If you do have an extra day, put on your hiking boots and take one of the incredible hikes!

Tour recommendation for Tasman Peninsula:

Enjoy a day in a sea kayak surrounded with a wide variety of wildlife. Tasman Peninsula Full-Day Sea Kayak Excursion

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur historic site is a world heritage listed site and is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia. Explore the old buildings and take in the history that still feels alive when you wander around.

One of the best things to do here is taking the  ghost tour ! Hear spooky stories and enjoy the atmospheric grounds and buildings while you learn something about history!

Coal mines historic site

Another world heritage listed site is the coal mines. A place where convicts were doing forced labor. Old buildings are still standing and you can have a look around and take pictures during a guided tour while you learn all about this place. You can also walk the Convicts Coal Mine Circuit which leads you around the place in two hours.

Tasmanian Devil UNZOO

Tasmanian Devil - Australia

In contrary to a regular zoo, the animals are free in their habitat and the visitors can watch them from certain ‘cages’ in this habitat. This creates spectacular up-close sights and a lot more interaction with the animals.

If you go to the Tasmanian Devil UNZOO, make sure to see the Tasmanian Devil feeding and the bird show! Both real impressive! For tickets check out their website , or click on the day tour below to combine Port Arthur with the UNZOO.

From Hobart: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo Day Tour

Walking tracks

There are a lot of walking tracks available on the Tasman Peninsula. One of the most famous hikes is the Tasman Coastal Hike which takes 3-5 days to complete. Luckily you can also do parts of this trail in half a day or a full day. Click here for more information.

Places to stay Port Arthur

Tasmania - Port Arthur

There are a couple of places to stay in the area of Port Arthur, as well as hotels as campsites, but they are all pretty pricey. If you just drive off the peninsula, passed the Eaglehawk Neck, there is the Lufra Hotel and apartments . Situated at the beachfront they are offering fully self-contained rooms for only US$80 a night.

Great Eastern Drive

Great Eastern Drive - Tasmnia

The Great Eastern Drive is a 176 km long road between Orford and St. Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast. The road leads you right through the East Coast wine region. There are lots of beaches to explore, hikes to do, and wines to taste!

Maria Island

Tasmania - Maria Island

Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary with historic ruins, beautiful bays, and incredible cliffs. It is a no-car island where you can only get to from the passenger ferry from Triabunna. It takes about 30 minutes with the ferry. You can find the ferry times here on the timetable.

There are several hikes to do on the island that will let you explore several highlights, like the painted cliffs, which are limestone rock formations, and the convict sites at Darlington.

During your visit, you will probably spot a lot of wildlife, like echidnas and wallabies. With a bit of luck, you might also spot a Tasmanian Devil!

Hiking and biking are the main activities to do on this beautiful island. Bikes are for rent from Darlington. Renting a bike will allow you to see quite a lot of the island in just one day! If you like to explore it on foot or want to spend the night there for a higher chance to see the wildlife, you can stay here an extra day.

Accommodation on Maria Island is very basic. It is either a room with 6 to 14 bunk beds or a campsite. There is also no possibility of purchasing any food or drinks, so you need to bring everything yourself! If you aren’t a big fan of this basic accommodation, but still like to see Maria Island, you can go there and back to the mainland within a day.

See below the tours we really like on Maria Island:

Top Tour: Maria Island: Day Trip with Walk, Wombats, and Picnic Lunch

Back on the mainland, you’ll drive 50km from Triabunna to Swansea. On your way, you’ll pass some small towns like Little Swanport and Rocky Hills.

From Swansea, it takes you another 50km to reach Bicheno. On this route, you’ll find some of the best vineyards of the East Coast of Tasmania. For example, check out Milton Vineyard, Gala Estate, Spring Vale Wines, Devil’s Corner, or Freycinet Vineyard to taste some of Tasmania’s best wines!

Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay - Tasmania

Freycinet National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Tasmania. It is beautiful and there are plenty of options when it comes to activities.

From the road junction before Bicheno, it is about 30 km one way to reach the car park of Freycinet National park. From here you can start pretty much all the hikes and explore the Freycinet Park.

Friendly beaches

Before you arrive at Coles Bay you’ll find Friendly Beaches. A lot of people skip them and drive straight into the national park, but I think they are worth a stop to stroll around.

There are tons of viewpoints to see this beautiful part of the coastline, it almost blinds your eyes! There are also many beach access points to get onto the beach and walk around or lay down on the soft white sand.

Coles Bay is a small town and the main entry point to the Freycinet National Park. You can get accommodation here if you like to spend a couple of days in the park, which I would definitely recommend. If you are camping you can book ahead for a campsite in the park itself, which is pretty affordable for an accommodation!

Don’t forget to return to Coles Bay after an intense day with lots of walking to get a super delicious ice cream from the Ice Creamery. Just because you really deserved it!

Our favourite tour:

This tour really impressed us Freycinet National Park: Guided Walking Tour

Wineglass Bay

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This is probably the spot every traveler wants to see when they go to Freycinet National Park and for a good reason! The view on Wineglass bay is absolutely stunning with the clear blue waters divided by a small strip of white sand and high mountains with green trees. The contrast just really crushes it here!

You’ll get the best view on Wineglass Bay from the top of Mount Amos. This is a fairly difficult hike where you need to climb over the rocks to get there. Really…climbing with both hands and feet is necessary to get there.

I understand that is not a suitable hike for everyone. Luckily there is also the Wineglass Bay Lookout Trail, which is a 1.5 km one-way moderate trail. From the Wineglass Bay Lookout, you can get to the beach in another 1.5 km. This trail is quite steep with a series of stairs. But it is worth all the effort because the beach is absolutely stunning!

Honeymoon Bay

Tasmania - Honeymoon Bay

The Honeymoon bay is actually part of the Oyster bay and is a picturesque stop. The white-sanded beach with the yellow boulders and the green trees make the view almost unbelievable. Definitely worth a stop for a picture or even a swim if the weather allows it!

Continue the Great Eastern Drive

Fulfilled after soaking up some beautiful views, doing some awesome hikes, and lovely swims, you can continue your Tasmania road trip going North on the Great Eastern Drive.

Tasmania - Bicheno

Bicheno is one of the bigger cities along the East Coast and is famous for all the wildlife that can be seen here. It is near the East Coast Natureworld , which is a Wildlife Sanctuary. At night you can take a penguin tour in Bicheno to see little penguins, which are the smallest penguins in the world. SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down to Burnie for an even better penguin viewing opportunity!

A famous sight in Bicheno is the blowhole. Watch the waves crashing on the cliffs and spray up high in the air!

Tip: In Bicheo, you have a lot of choices when it comes to accommodation. Simply check booking.com for a hotel or hostel, or check the Wikicamps app for a free campsite.

Tasmania - Surfing

The 50 kilometers between Bicheno and Scamander is called the Surf Coast. The white-sand beaches, the crystal clear blue waters and the reliable swells make it the place to be for surfers! But even if you don’t surf, you will enjoy the beauty of these beaches.

St Helens - Tasmania

The last 20 kilometers of the Great Eastern Drive takes you to St. Helens. This is the hub for fishing boats and a good location to try fishing yourself during a fishing trip. Don’t forget to taste the fish & chips. It doesn’t get fresher than that!

Bay of Fires

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

The next stop on your self-drive Tasmania trip is the Bay of Fires. This is a conservation reserve famous for its crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and granite boulders covered with orange mosses.

Unlike the name suggests, it isn’t just one bay where you can see these spectacular views. It is actually a 40 km long coastal strip between Binalong Bay and Eddystone Point.

When the sun sets it becomes even more magical. The orange sky colors the same as the orange mosses on the boulders and together with the white sand and the blue ocean it is perfect photo for a postcard!

There are lots of free camps along the coast, which make it very easy to access the beach during sunset or sunrise. If you prefer to stay at a hostel or hotel, St. Helens is your best chance to get accommodation for a reasonable price.

Tour Recommendation:

If you don’t have that much time but you really want a nice impression of the Island, check out the tour below:

North East Tasmania

After the Bay of Fires, you’ll start to drive to the West. The North-Eastern part you cross isn’t much to explore, yet there are quite a few stops worth it between Eddystone Point and Launceston!

Little Blue Lake

Blue Lake Tasmania

From Eddystone Point it is only a 40 km road trip to Little Blue Lake. Like the name suggests, it is a small lake with incredibly blue water. When I saw it, for a moment I thought I was in Canada.

The blue lake, deep down at the foot of the mountains, surrounded by incredible green trees, is absolutely stunning to see. Take some time to wander around and take some pictures before you continue your way. It is not very well known among tourists, so you might have the place to yourself!

Another 30 kilometers takes you to Derby, a small town famous for it’s Blue Derby mountain bike trails. So, if you have a day left and feel like getting out of the car and be active, this is your chance!

You can rent a mountain bike in the park and cycle uphill before you cross downhill on the 125 km available tracks.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe - Tasmania

Next stop on your self-drive Tasmania road trip: The Bridestowe Lavender Estate. This Lavender Farm, where they grow French Lavender, is open year-round. It is believed that it is the largest commercial plantation of Lavandula Angustifolia in the world!

The lavender flowers are during the high season. Normally the flowering season runs from somewhere in December until the end of January. This is also the only time a year that you have to pay an entrance fee of AU$10 per person

Tip: Before you pay your entrance fee, check out the status of the flowers on their website . It would be a shame to pay and not see what you expected.

Launceston - Tasmania

From the Lavender farm, you drive 50 kilometers South West to reach Launceston. A pretty vibrant city with lots of shopping and dining possibilities.

If you fly in on Launceston airport, this is where your self-drive Tasmania road trip starts.

Cataract Gorge

Tasmania - Cataract Gorge

The Cataract Gorge is Launceston’s own wilderness which you can reach in a 15-minute walk from the city center. It is crazy how close this is! The zig-zag trail takes you from the car park, over the Kings bridge towards the First Basin. Here, you’ll find a small cafe and a beautiful swimming pool. No wonder the locals call this Launceston’s beach!

If you have a couple of days extra to spend around Tasmania and have the budget, you can take a flight from Launceston to King Island or Flinders Island. Both these islands are only accessible by plane.

More North you’ll find the Cliff grounds, which is a garden with exotic plants and trees. At the Cataract Gorge, you also find a footbridge and even a chairlift to cross the river! The entrance fee to the park is absolutely free, but for the chairlift, they charge you a couple of dollars.

Explore the Gorge during this boat trip: Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

Fly to King Island or Flinders Island

Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley Tasmania

Only a 25 km drive from Launceston you’ll find the Tasmanians Tamar Valley. This area is known as an excellent wine region. With over 30 vineyards this is the place to be when it comes to wine tasting and culinary foods.

Places to stay

In Launceston, you can book a backpacker accommodation for US$45 a night and a hotel room from US$60 a night.

A nice campsite just off the road towards Devonport is Quamby Corner. They offer unpowered sites for AU$10 per person per night and AU$14 for a powered site. The amenities are very clean and you can use the laundry machine free of charge!

Devonport - Tasmania

Launceston – Devonport is a 100 km drive. Devonport is the main city where the ferry arrives. So, if you want to bring your own car, this is where your self-drive road trip around Tasmania will start.

It is a pretty big city for Tasmania and you can find a lot of shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs to enjoy dinner or a drink.

In Devonport, there are several accommodations available between US$70 and US$100 per room per night. Most of them offer a private bathroom and some include breakfast.

Tour recommendation

Spot the wildlife of Tasmania during this 2 hour night walking tour. Check this tour, Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark.

Cradle Mountain

Tasmania - Cradle Mountain

Your Tasmania road trip continues with a drive of almost 90 km which will get you from Devonport to Cradle Mountain National Park. This is the most famous National Park in Tasmania with the iconic Cradle Mountain.

There is a huge car park at the entrance where you can take a free shuttle bus to get deeper into the park. The shuttle service stops at several points in the park, so you can choose a spot to get off. This probably depends on your plan for the day and what you want to explore in the Cradle Mountain National Park.

Tours you have to check:

Click here to explore this amazing area and enjoy one of our favourite tours.

Dove lake is a lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain. You can follow the pretty easy trail that takes you all the way around the lake in 2 to 3 hours. The total length of the trail is 6 km and takes you along the iconic boatshed, which is really picturesque with sunset.

Cradle Mountain Summit

Cradle Mountain Tasmania

The trail to the summit of Cradle Mountain is a 12.8 km round trip with a climb of 600m. The trail leads you first to Marion’s Lookout, which gives you a breathtaking view over Dove Lake on the one side and on the other side, the Crater Lake.

Then the trail will take you to the Kitchen Hut, which is nothing more than a shelter hut for emergencies. You can drop your bag here before you start the last climb to the peak. But don’t forget to bring some water and drinks with you because this is the hardest part of the trail and you are going to need it!

The last part to the top is really rough and it takes both hands and feet to get there. It is no longer a trail, but a climb on the rocks. Therefore it is forbidden to go to the summit with rainy or snowy circumstances. The rocks get really slippery and it simply is too dangerous.

When you reached the top you take the same route back to the Kitchen hut and continue your way to Dove Lake to walk along the lake back to the bus station to take the shuttle from there to the main car park.

Overland track

Overland Track - Tasmania

Another hiking track, that starts in Cradle Mountain National Park is the overland track. This is a hike of 65 kilometers which takes about 5 to 6 days to complete. It is Australia’s premier alpine walk and an adventure is guaranteed!

This hiking trail, that is loved by hikers from all over the world, starts at the iconic Cradle Mountain and leads you all the way through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area towards Lake st. Clair. This is Australia’s deepest lake and the views from up the mountain are more than stunning.

Without any facilities on the way, you have to carry everything. Which means a place to sleep, food, and water. There are some opportunities to fill up water on the way, but always check where from the information center before you start.

Must Read: 11 essentials you need on every backpacking trip

And there are so many more things to do in Cradle Mountain National Park.

Cradle Mountain National Park can be explored in 1 or 2 days. The Cradle Mountain Highlanders is a good place to stay for a pretty reasonable price, taking the location into consideration. You will find it costs US$140 per night for a fully equipped cabin.

Another stunning accommodation at the edge of Cradle Mountains national park is the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge . They offer a luxury spa, wooden cabins with views and a breakfast buffet is also included. You can book a chalet from US$280 a night.

There are also a lot of free camps in the area!

Mole Creek Caves

If you like to explore caves, you should definitely visit the Mole Creek Caves. There are multiple tours a day that lead you around the underground lakes in the Marakoopa Cave. In this cave, you also have the possibility to see glow worms! The King Solomons Cave is characterized by the lavish colors and formations.

The caves have the same climate all year round. It is around 9 degrees, so be prepared and get dressed well before you enter!

Walls of Jerusalem

walls of jerusalem

Walls of Jerusalem is another national park, which is less visited because it is not accessible by car. This alpine wonderland is only to be explored by the true adventurers among us. You need to be able to handle a multiple-day hike, to get up to the walls and take in the beautiful views from there.

There are no facilities, so you have to bring your own camping gear and food for the time you stay. Luckily there is a possibility to fuel up on drinking water! Come prepared, as the weather is very unpredictable!

Burnie is a small town on the North shore of Tasmania. It has a few accommodations, a small shopping center, and some convenient stores. In my opinion, this place should really be a stop on your Tasmanian road trip if you want to see the little penguins.

Watching Little Penguins

The main reason we went to Burnie was to see the Little Penguins. In Burnie, they have an observation center and in the evenings they provide guided tours that are 100% free of charge.

The guides are very knowledgable and answer all the questions you have. They also tell you more about the cycle penguins go through each year, from nesting to pairing to breeding and to letting go of their young.

The most amazing thing about viewing penguins here is that you can get so close without disturbing them. There is a fence built along the beach to keep the penguins safe in their environment and not roam everywhere in town.

There are some nests right next to the fence and you can easily photograph the babies without having a crazy expensive zoom lens on your camera! Make sure to not use your flash! Once it gets dark, the penguins return from the sea to feed their babies, which is a spectacle to watch.

Tasmania - Penguins

When it comes to accommodation in Burnie, my best recommendation is: Burnie Ocean View Motel and Caravan Park . They offer fully self-contained studios with a sea view. You don’t even need to get out and you can participate in a tour to view the penguins coming from the sea. You can literally see it from your balcony!

Besides the incredible beach view, they have a heated indoor swimming pool, barbeque facilities, and free Wifi. All that for only US$100 per night.

Stanley & the Nut

Self Drive Tasmania Stanley & The Nut

From Burnie, it is around 75 km to get to Stanley. A small town at the foot of The Nut. This is an extinct volcano, which you can access by foot. A short, but steep climb will get you to the top (you can also take the chairlift for a fee). Walk the short circuit on the top and enjoy the many beautiful views over Stanley. You will see the ocean and over to the other far corners of Tasmania.

Tarkine National Park

Tasmania - National Park

After a 50 km drive from Stanley, you’ll arrive in the Tarkine National Park which is in the North West of Tasmania. The Tarkine Forest Reserve is an area where you can find rainforest, sand dunes, and coastal heathlands.

Just driving through the park gives you beautiful views. Don’t forget to stop at ‘the edge of the world’. If you cross the ocean to the West from here, you won’t see any landmass until you reach Argentina. It is the longest uninterrupted distance in any ocean on Earth!

Besides driving through the park, which is already incredible, there are a lot of activities to do. Especially water activities like kayaking or a riverboat cruise. From here you can explore the waterways which are surrounded by blackwood forests.

Tarkine National Park offers lots of camping opportunities. There are also lots of free camps along the coast and campsites with some more facilities in the heart of the park.

If you prefer a hotel there’s only one possibility, which is the Tarkinegrove . It is very close to Roger River in the heart of the Tarkine National Park. Rooms can be booked from US$150 a night and offer a fully self-contained cabin with patio.

Train - Tasmania

Leaving the Tarkine National Park you’ll head towards Strahan. This will probably be your longest drive as it takes 230 kilometers of windy mountain roads to get there. Don’t underestimate this distance, as it can easily take up to 3.5 to 4 hours to drive!

Strahan is iconic for the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Join the train ride and step back in history to the 1950’s. It is an unforgettable railway journey along 35km of wild rainforest tracks between Queenstown and Strahan.

From Strahan, it is only a short drive to Queenstown, situated in a valley on the western slopes of Mount Owen on the West Coast Range. It is a cute little town that makes you feel like being back in the time of the cowboys!

There are a couple of pubs where you can dine a pub meal and it is also a good place to stay overnight. For only US$56 a night you can sleep in the Empire Hotel , which includes breakfast.

Tour recommendation Strahan:

Ready for a nice morning cruise? Check out this tour: Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch.

Frenchman’s Cap

frenchmans cap tasmania hike

Driving out of Queenstown will lead you along the Horsetail falls. This is a seasonal waterfall that can best be seen after some rainfall. A parking spot next to the highway gives you the opportunity to get out of the car and walk on the boardwalk for a closer view.

After 55 km from Queenstown, you’ll reach the parking area at the Lyell Highway inside the Wild Rivers National Park. You can’t miss it, as many signs will inform you where to park. This is where the trail to Frenchman’s Cap starts.

This is another place that can only be explored on foot. A tremendous 4-day hike takes you afoot to one of the most scenic mountain peaks of Tasmania , the Frenchman’s Cap.

Also with this hike, you have to carry everything yourself. You won’t find any facilities or shops along the route, so be prepared and take enough food, water, and a tent. Don’t forget to bring proper clothes as the weather can change rapidly.

If you are not sure what to bring, check out our blog post about the 11 essentials you need to bring on every overnight backpacking trip . Bring these and you know for sure you will be well prepared!

Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park - Tasmania

Another 170 km further you arrive in Mount Field National Park. This park was the first National Park of Tasmania and is well catered for tourists. A visitor center, souvenir shop, and a cafe provide you everything you need.

Russel falls

Russel Falls Tasmania

The Russel falls is the most popular attraction of this park and with a good reason. The beautiful waterfall thunders down over several plateaus and is surrounded by true green exotic trees and plants.

Falls circuit

The Russel falls is actually the first of many waterfalls you come across when you walk the waterfall circuit. A 4.5 km hike leads you along the Horseshoe falls, the tall trees area and the Lady Baron Falls.

The trail contains a lot of steps and goes through the middle of the rainforest, where you can see some amazing plants and trees. Also, keep your eyes open to spot wildlife!

Tour recommendation:

Enjoy a day trip full of wildlife and stunning nature, check out this tour: Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip.

Gordon Dam – Tasmania Wilderness Reserve

Gordon Dam - Tasmania

Drive another 100 km further into the Tasmania Wilderness Reserve and you get to the Gordon Dam. This dam, also called the Gordon River Dam, is 198m long and 140m high.

At full capacity, the dam holds back so much water that Lake Gordon becomes the largest lake in Australia! It is also one of the world’s highest commercial abseils, so if you are in for an adventure, you can get it here!

Bruny Island

The Neck - Tasmania

Drive 100 km back towards the junction with the highway and from there it is another 100 km to the ferry terminal for Bruny Island. This will be the last stop on your self-drive Tasmania road trip! Last, but not least I can say!

Tour recommendations for Bruny Island:

Bruny Island has so much to offer, we made a list of our favourite tours to make your trip the best.

Ferry to Bruny Island

It takes about 20 minutes to cross over to Bruny Island. The ferry departs regularly 1 or 2 times an hour, depending on the season. It is smart to bring your car along, as the island is quite big, and exploring on foot will take you a lot more time.

The ferry fee is AU$38 for a return ticket, which you mainly pay for the car, since pedestrians and any other passengers are free of charge.

Tasmania Travel Guide Freycinet

Once on Bruny Island, the first highlight you will pass is the Neck. This is a small isthmus connecting the Northern part and the Southern part of Bruny Island. Walk up the stairs to the viewing platform to get a 360 degrees view!

At the beach of the Neck, there is also a Little Penguin viewing platform. Get there just before the sun sets and wait for the penguins to arrive at the beach. You can see the Little Penguins from September till January.

November and December are the best times of the year, as it is the breeding season. This time of the year you can watch the penguins feed their young!

White Bennet’s Wallabies

White Bennet's Wallabie - Tasmania

The South Bruny National Park is the only place in the world where you can see the White Bennet’s Wallabies. A genetically modified Bennet’s Wallaby that is missing the pigment color to their fur. Some are albino’s which results in a white wallaby with red eyes and a cute bright pink nose.

Your biggest chance to see these animals is at the Southside of Adventure Bay, which is their main habitat. People have often spotted them at the campgrounds. But another good place to look for them is at the start of the Fluted Cape Walk. Which is a nice hike to do anyway!

Whale Watching

Tasmania - Whale Watching

From June till October, you can also watch whales from Adventure Bay! This is the main season that the whales are migrating between Antarctica and the more Northern tropical waters.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Lighthouse Bruny Island - Tasmania

Drive to the Southernmost point of Bruny Island and you find the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The drive takes about 45 minutes from the Neck and takes you on some windy and very scenic roads.

The walk from the car park to the Lighthouse is easy and short. Take some time to walk around and to take in all the stunning views. Also, keep your eyes open for Echidnas, as they love to wander around on this place!

Although Bruny island can be explored within a day, you might want to spend the night here. Especially if you’d like to view the Little Penguins at the Neck.

Camping is easy on Bruny Island, with lots of free camps and paid camping spots. If you like to stay in a hotel , you can book a stay from US$100 a night.

Back to Hobart

To make your self-drive Tasmania road trip complete, you take the ferry back to the mainland and drive in 35 minutes into Hobart city Centre. Here you can stay another night or two before flying back to the mainland of Australia.

If you started your Tasmania road trip in Launceston or Devonport, your next stop will be the Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur.

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10 thoughts on “Self-Drive Tasmania: The Best Trip Planner for an Ultimate Road Trip”

So many great places to visit in Tasmania! Bridestowe Lavender Estate, the beaches, and Russel falls look simply stunning! I hope to them up close!

Wow there’s so many incredible places to see in Tasmania! I want to visit soo much more of Australia and Tasmania just shot up to the top of my list!

Tasmania´s natural landscapes look stunning! I´d love to see the Aurora Australis and visit The Russel falls! Thanks for the useful tips!

SUch a detailed post and great tips!

Thanks for the great guide! What a picturesque drive!

Hannah | https://getlost.blog/

Tasmania looks gorgeous-and you had me sold at whale watching! I’m so close to Australia, but I haven’t been out there yet.

I spent 6 months in Australia and never found the time to explore Tasmania, but it looks so incredible with no shortage of things to do. Hopefully I can get there soon.

Who would have thought there are so many beautiful and wonderful places. Thanks for the great pictures.

Really like your Always around the world. On Tasmania Very useful. Is it possible to get a hard copy of this ? Regards Graham

Hi Graham, I’m happy you like it! We really loved Tasmania! Unfortunately, we do not provide hard copies of our posts. But you could print it at home 🙂 Have a nice and safe trip!

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14-Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Your 'ultimate' self-drive holiday and tasmania road trip.

This self-drive 14-day Tasmania itinerary is what I like to call your ‘Ultimate’ Tasmania road trip.

No rush. No pressure. Just 14 days of pure driving pleasure as you experience the best natural wonders, gastronomic delights and historic sites Tasmania has to offer!

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Self-drive Tasmania Itinerary (14 days)

Want to experience the very best Tasmania trip? 

14 days is the perfect amount of time, and a Tasmania road trip is the ultimate way to explore this amazing island.

But what should you see? Where to stay? And do you know the best places to eat?

To make things easy and stress-free I’ve used my extensive local knowledge to create this 14-day self-drive Tasmania itinerary.

Together with my wife I have called Tasmania home for more than 15 years now, so you can rest assured that all my recommendations come from personal experience and my passion to get out on the open road.

Day 1 – Hobart to Derwent Bridge

Day 2 – Derwent Bridge to Strahan

Day 3 – Strahan

Day 4 – Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Day 5 – Cradle Mountain

Day 6 – Cradle Mountain to Stanley

Day 7 – Stanley to Launceston (via Devonport and Sheffield)

Day 8 – Launceston to Bay of Fires (via Tamar Valley)

Day 9 – Bay of Fires

Day 10 – Bay of FIres to Coles Bay (Freycinet)

Day 11 – Coles Bay Freycinet)

Day 12 – Coles Bay to Port Arthur

Day 13 – Port Arthur to Richmond

Day 14 – Richmond to Hobart

When it comes to the structure of this 14-day Tasmania itinerary, I understand that  everyone has different travel priorities , and that’s why I’ve provided multiple options on some days so you can choose the place or activity that suits you best.

For some travellers, family-friendly activities are essential. Or perhaps you want to focus on the outdoors over historic sites? Maybe you prefer to self-cater, rather than eat out. And of course many of us need to stretch our travel dollar as far as it can go, while others will want to experience the Lap of Tasmania in luxury.

It is so important to me that your Tasmania road trip is as special as possible, no matter what your style of travel – which is why I have tailored this Tasmania itinerary to be extremely flexible and adjustable.

You can follow this itinerary exactly, or adjust it to suit your own preferences . Clockwise or anti-clockwise doesn’t matter at all – it’s that easy!

If you have any questions at all, or need more advice, we would love to hear from you over in our Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group . It is a super-friendly community without any grumpy buggers or keyboard warriors to spoil your fun – come and say g’day 😊

I feel that 14 days is the ideal amount of time for a Tasmania driving holiday .

The distance covered per day in this itinerary varies from as little as 110km up to 250km at the most, and this means you can drive around at a leisurely pace while still making the most of your time in Tasmania.

To ensure you aren’t feeling too rushed I’ve also included 2-night stays in the 5 most popular locations.

That’s enough chat… let’s get this show on the road!

Day 1: Hobart to Derwent Bridge (via Mt Field)

📌  Derwent Valley

  • New Norfolk – St Matthews church, Bush Inn and Drill Hall Emporium.
  • Pulpit Rock lookout
  • Mt Field – Russell Falls short walk, Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery (souvenirs!)
  • Westerway – Westerway Raspberry Farm (Dec-Mar) – OR – Platypus spotting
  • Hamilton – Kingdom Gallery at Glen Clyde House
  • Tarraleah – Highland cows and Hydro history
  • Budget –  Highland Cabins and Cottages   (Bronte Park – 20mins from Derwent Bridge)
  • Mid-Range – Derwent Bridge Chalets and Studios (Derwent Bridge)
  • Indulgence – Tarraleah Lodge (Tarraleah)
  • Camping – Mt Field National Park – OR – Left of Field (Mt Field)

Read More : Best Places to Stay in the Derwent Valley

🗺️ Got a couple of extra days? Extend your road trip!

For me, the Derwent Valley is one of Tasmania’s most special places and you could easily spend 3 or 4 nights in the region.

If you have the time, I recommend basing yourself in New Norfolk at the stunning  Explorers Lodge B&B ( read my review here ) and using it as a base to drive up to Mt Field, and out to Maydena, Lake Pedder and Strathgordon.

One other region that flies waaaay under the radar is the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, you will love a couple of nights at the gorgeous  Ratho Farm  in Bothwell ( read my review here ) and doing day-trips into the surrounding region.

Day 2: Derwent Bridge to Strahan

  • Wall in the Wilderness wood carving – OR – Lake St Clair walking trails
  • Drive the ’99 Bends’
  • Franklin River Nature Trail
  • Nelson Falls Nature trail
  • Queenstown – Iron Blow Lookout
  • Option 1: RoamWild Tour   – OR – Mountain biking on Mt Owen
  • Option 2: Explore Queenstown by foot (Paragon Theatre, Soggy Brolly shared art space, Missing Tiger book store, historic Empire Hotel)
  • Drive to Strahan
  • 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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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 3: Strahan

  • Gordon River & Macquarie Harbour Cruise – Promo Code : LAPOFTAS for 10% OFF
  • Ocean Beach
  • Platypus spotting at Hogarth Falls (Strahan) – OR – Henty Dunes
  • Strahan – The Ship That Never Was

🗺️ Want more time on the West Coast? Queenstown is fantastic!

Queenstown is one of the most fascinating towns you will find anywhere in Australia.

Stay an extra night or two on your way to/from Strahan and discover its emerging arts scene and stark landscapes with a couple of nights at historic Penghana B&B ( read my review ). 

Many road trippers tell me that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is at its best when you start from the Queenstown end as well! 

Day 4: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

  • ‘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
  • Best of the Best – Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village  – Promo Code:  LAPOFTAS  for  10% OFF
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain  – Promo Code:  LAPOFTAS  for  20% OFF
  • Budget  – Cradle Mountain Highlanders  
  • Luxe – Cradle Mountain Lodge

Read More: Cradle Mountain Accommodation – 6 Amazing Places to Stay

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Cradle Mountain Hotel (non-guests are allowed)

  • Option 1: Dove Lake loop walk
  • Option 2: Cradle Canyons Tour (summer)
  • Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery
  • Waldheim Alpine Spa – Spa Treatment
  • Peppers Lodge – Wine and cheese tasting
  • ‘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:  LAPOFTAS  for  20% OFF

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Day 6: Cradle Mountain to Stanley

  • Hellyer Gorge scenic drive
  • Table Cape – Lighthouse
  • Table Cape – Tulip Farm (Sep-Oct)
  • Boat Harbour Beach
  • Drive on to Stanley
  • Highfield House – Self-guided tour
  • The ‘Nut’ – Chairlift to the top of the ‘Nut
  • The ‘Nut’ – Explore the walking trails on top
  • Camping – BIG4 Stanley Holiday Park (Stanley)
  • Budget –  Stanley Upstairs (Stanley)
  • Bed and Breakfast – The Ark Stanley (Stanley)
  • Indulgence – Horizon Deluxe Apartments (Stanley)

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Day 7: Stanley to Launceston (via Devonport and Sheffield)

  • Coastal drive
  • Burnie – Tastings at Hellyers Distillery
  • Turner’s Beach – The Berry Patch
  • Penguin – The ‘Big Penguin’
  • See Ulverstone and Devonport
  • Latrobe – Anvers Chocolates
  • Sheffield – Explore the murals
  • Ashgrove Cheese / Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm / Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • Hagley – Hazelbrae Hazelnuts   (enjoy a picnic in their beautiful orchard!)
  • See the historic towns of Deloraine, Westbury and Hadspen on your way to Launceston.
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Hadspen –  Promo Code:  LAPOFTAS  for  20% OFF
  • Budget – Leisure Inn Penny Royal Apartments  
  • Mid-Range – Kurrajong House  
  • Modern – Hotel Verge  
  • Indulgence – Peppers Silo 

Read More : Best Places to Stay in Launceston

Day 8: Launceston to Bay of Fires (via Tamar Valley)

  • Launceston – Cataract Gorge – OR – Tamar Wetlands Walk
  • Tamar Valley Wineries (after 11am) – Moores Hill, Small Wonder
  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm (allow an extra 40mins drive time)
  • ‘Tin Dragon’ Trail – 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)

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Day 9: Bay of Fires

  • Bay of Fires Eco Tour (by boat)
  • Lease 65 Oysters
  • Option 1: Explore the Bay of Fires beaches, dunes and coves north of Binalong Bay
  • Option 2: Visit Suncoast Gallery, The Shop in the Bush, and Priority Ridge Winery (Sep-May)
  • Sunset over the rocks of Binalong Bay ( here )
  • Budget – Queechy Motel   (St Helens)
  • Relaxing B&B –  Beaumaris Beach Guest House (Beaumaris Beach)

Day 10: Bay of Fires to Coles Bay (Freycinet)

  • Four Mile Creek – Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery
  • Douglas Apsley National Park – 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)

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Day 11: Coles Bay (Freycinet)

  • Option 1: Wineglass Bay Cruise
  • Option 2: Walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout and then either spend the rest of the morning looping back via Hazards Beach, or return the same way you went in and then explore Coles Bay until lunch
  • Option 1: If you book the cruise then lunch is provided
  • Option 2: Enjoy lunch at The Bay Restaurant at Freycinet Lodge
  • Option 3: Enjoy a casual meal at Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar (Coles Bay)
  • Option 1: Freycinet and Maria Island scenic flight
  • Option 2: Visit Providore Wine Glass (Freycinet Lodge) and then enjoy a Tasmanian Tasting session – wine, whisky or gin – at the Lodge (Freycinet Lodge)

Day 12: Coles Bay to Port Arthur

  • Apslawn Wineries – Devil’s Corner, Spring Vale and Milton vineyards
  • Swansea – Spiky Bridge and Spiky Beach

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Let the wonderful crew at  Maria Island Cruises   take care of you as you enjoy one of their two cruise/walk combo tours departing from Triabunna.

Both 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.

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  • 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 Bed and Breakfast – Storm Bay B&B (White Beach – 10mins from Port Arthur)
  • Indulgence – Stewarts Bay Lodge (Port Arthur)

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Day 13: Port Arthur to 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
  • Families – Tara’s Richmond Farmstay  
  • Budget – Every Man and His Dog Vineyard  
  • B&B –  Mulberry Cottage  
  • Luxury and Romance – Prospect Country House   – Stay 3 Nights & Pay for 2 – Mention the Lap of Tasmania over the phone to claim!

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Day 14: Richmond to Hobart

  • Mt Wellington Summit
  • Salamanca Market (Saturday) – OR – Farm Gate Market (Sunday)
  • Hobart Waterfront – Salamanca, Brooke Street Pier
  • Visit Beauty and the Bees
  • Lark Distillery
  • Kelly’s Steps
  • Walk to Battery Point and explore
  • Alternative Option – Hobart’s Hop-on Hop-off Bus
  • MONA Ferry and Museum – Splurge and get a ‘Posh Pit’ ticket ( my guide )
  • Sunset drinks at The Glass House
  • Camping – Discovery Parks Hobart –  Promo Code:  LAPOFTAS  for  20% OFF
  • Bed & Breakfast (south side) – Waterview Gardens B&B (Margate)
  • Bed & Breakfast (east side) – Oceana B&B (Howrah)
  • Budget (Families) – Bay Hotel Apartments  
  • Budget (Historic) – Edinburgh Gallery  
  • Mid-Range – RACV Hobart Hotel  
  • Indulgence – MACq 01  – OR –  MONA Pavilions  

Read More : Best Places to Stay in Hobart

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Plan your Tasmania road trip

I hope you have found my 14-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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10D Tasmania Itinerary — A Road Trip for Adventure Seekers

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

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

Tourism Tasmania Trip Planner Tasmania Road Trip Route - Tasmania Itinerary

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

Derby Kookaburras - Tasmania Itinerary

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.

Maria Island National Park - Tasmania Itinerary

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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In A Faraway Land

Tasmania 10 Day Road Trip Itinerary for Photographers and Outdoor Lovers



  • August 1, 2023


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. 


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.


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.


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


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. 


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. 


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! Such a great itinerary. I was wondering if you had winter specific recommendations, or any specific recommendations for July/Aug/Sep. I’m looking to see some snow! I’ll also be taking a 4wd over from Sydney. Do you reckon I’ll need winter tyres? Thank you 🙂

Hi Alexandra. Winters in Tasmania are mild, but you might have to carry snowchains visiting places like Cradle Mtn NP. You might find some snow on the top of Mt Wellington in Hobart and in Cradle Mountain NP. I live in the Alps so we always change to winter tires in the Fall, but NZ and Australia don’t.

Hi Marta, thanks for this amazing blog and itinerary, really helpful. My husband and i are planning to take a trip down this July and have about 8 full days to spare. Would be great if you can advise the recommended route and if there are any places to skip (apart from lavender field) given that we’re visiting right smack winter. We are thinking of self drive, flying in and out from Hobart. Thanks a bunch!

Hi Stephy. Thanks so much for your feedback. I haven’t travelled Tasmania in Winter, but I worked in the Cradle Mtn Hotel until the start of winter and everything was still open. Hiking will be more difficult, but other than that everything is still open, so apart from the Lavender fields I would visit everywhere.

Hello, this post is amazing!! me and my partner are planning on travelling to Tas in December. We are tossing up whether to hire a car or hire a campervan. we are in our early 20’s and want to get out and do as many things as possible. Any other suggestions would be amazing.

Hi Ellie. December is a great time to travel Tassie in a Campervan. However days when you could just plan your trip day to day are gone and nowadays I would recommend pre booking campsites in advance. With that said campervan travel doesn’t give you the freedom that it used to. It really comes down to your budget and personal preferences. I prefer campervan travel because I don’t have to pack my things every day and check in and out of hotels. I hope that helps

Did you have any issues taking your furry friend into any of the parks and reserves?

I would love to bring my little cattle dog along the ride with me 🙂

Hi Zac. No, Jasper my dog joinied the team recently when I came back to Europe. Look up the rules for certain areas directly on the Tasmania Parks site.

I’m headed to Tassy with my son (7yo) this July. Will the outdoor hikes be unbearably windy/intolerable? (We’re New Yorkers, so we can stand the cold:)). Just want to make sure this is still going to be a good trip for us during this time of year. (Thank you for providing so many details!!)

Hi Nicole. Thanks for visiting. I wish I could give you a straight answer but I can. July is the mid winter season in Tasmania. But winter in Tasmania is very different to winter in New York 🙂 It is very mild and it only snows in the high parts of the mountains. You won’t be able to hike in Cradle mountain much but you should be able to do coastal walks and waterfall walks etc.

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 – 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 in 6 days

Find hotels in Hobart

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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Tasmania Explorer

Tasmania Explorer

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.

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 in 6 days

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 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.


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

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  • 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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Positioned south of Victoria is the Australian island state of Tasmania. Magically rugged Tassie is blessed with dazzling beaches, astounding mountains, charming hamlets and a rich history. Culture Trip has planned a lap of the map road trip from Devonport all the around to Cradle Mountain. Take your time on Apple Isle, venture off the beaten path and discover the beauty of Tasmania.

Day 1: spirit of tasmania.

Your journey begins in Port Melbourne as you depart on the Spirit of Tasmania across Bass Strait towards Davenport. Sit back in a recliner, choose from a range of private accommodation options or book a day ticket and roam the ship. On board, you’ll find three bars, a buffet-style eatery, two cinemas, live music, kids’ activities, a tourism hub and more. The voyage takes between 9 and 11 hours with both day and night trips available. Vehicle fares start from AUD $89.00 and human fares start from AUD $79.00. To make the most of your time in Tasmania, we recommend bringing your car or camper van over from the mainland as there are no passenger trains on the island.

Spirit of Tasmania Port Melbourne

Day 2: Disembark in Davenport

If you’ve opted for the overnight trip, you’ll arrive into Davenport between six am and seven am. Disembark and take the National Highway 1 towards Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Australia. The drive is just over an hour, allowing you to spend the rest of the day exploring this charming riverside city. Only a 15 minute walk from the city centre is Cataract Gorge Reserve , which features the world’s longest single span chairlift as well as walking trails, a swimming pool, Victorian gardens, wildlife and panoramic lookouts over the icy South Esk River. For an award winning dining experience visit Stillwater, a restored flour mill on the Tamar River serving contemporary Tasmanian cuisine. Stay the night at The Sebel.

Cataract Gorge, Launceston TAS – Bridge

Day 3: Bay of Fires

Follow the Tasman Highway/A3 for two and a half hours northeast to Binalong Bay, the gateway to the Bay Of Fires which was named after the Aboriginal fires spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed along Tasmania’s east coast in 1773. Stretching over 50 kilometers from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, the striking shoreline is renowned for its string of pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and tangerine granite boulders. We recommend staying at Tidal Waters Resort in St Helens.

Bay of Fires

Day 4: Freycinet National Park

Moving south down the Tasman Hwy/A3, Freycinet National Park is a pristine outcrop home to Wineglass Bay which is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Dive into the crescent cove, go sea kayaking, or laze on the luminous white sand. One of the best ways to see Wineglass Bay is to step aboard a four hour cruise where you’ll be treated to spectacular views, wildlife sightings and a Ploughman’s lunch courtesy of the Head Chef at Freycinet Lodge. We recommend staying at the peaceful Freycinet Lodge.

Wineglass Bay

Day 5: Maria Island

Travel further along Tasmania’s East Cost to the fishing village of Triabunna where a 30-minute ferry ride costing AUD $50.00 will bring you to the historic Maria Island. Watch as wombats graze undeterred by visitors, wander through the ghost town that is Darlington, see the convict station and stroll to the breathtaking Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach. Once back in Triabunna, it’s time to hit the road again on route to Port Arthur via C335 and Arthur Hwy/A9 which will take less than two hours. Upon arrival, check into Stewarts Bay Lodge where you can tuck into dinner at the on-site restaurant Gabriel’s on the Bay.

Painted Cliffs

Day 6: Port Arthur

A ten-minute walk down Church Street will bring you to the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site , Tasmania’s top tourist attraction that welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year. Site entry tickets cost AUD $39.00 and include a guided walking tour, access to over 30 historic buildings including the museum which contains artifacts from the Convict era and a harbor cruise on board the MV Marana. Other ticket packages are available, including the must-see lantern-lit ghost tour featuring unsettling paranormal accounts dating back to 1870.

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Day 7: Hobart

Tasmania’s capital city is only 90 minutes from Port Arthur. We recommend staying at the waterfront Grand Chancellor Hotel which overlooks River Derwent and Constitution Dock. If you happen to be in Hobart on Saturday, don’t miss Salamanca Market which has over 300 stalls selling a variety of goods from fresh produce to arts and crafts. Another popular attraction is David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art. Australia’s largest privately owned art gallery houses a collection of 1,900 works of art from Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art. Admission starts at AUD $25.00. For dinner we recommend Da Angelo.

If you have time, visit the Huon Trail, about an hour south-west of Hobart and pick up a bag or two of apples at one of the many farm gates within the area which use an honesty-box system. Just be sure to carry coins with you as pay wave isn’t an option.


Day 7: Drive to Lake St Clair

Before setting off to the western side of Apple Isle, mosey through the maritime village of Battery Point and see gorgeous Victorian homes before grabbing breakfast at Jackman & McRoss bakery. Looming over Battery Point is Mount Wellington , located just 27 minutes away. Mount Wellington is 1,271 metres high and the pinnacle observation shelter offers panoramic views of Hobart. Once back down the mountain, make your way onto the Lyell Hwy/A10 for two hours and 45 minutes until you reach The Wall in the Wilderness in Derwent Bridge. Artist Greg Duncan’s sculptural site features carved wooden panels commemorating the history of Tasmanian’s Central Highlands. Two minutes away is Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake at a depth of 160 meters. There are a number of short and longer walks to choose from as well as overnight walks. National park passes are required. Resting on the water’s edge is Lake St Clair Lodge , which has a range of accommodation options as well as a restaurant and wellness centre.

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Day 8: Cradle Mountain

From Lake St Clair, journey three hours via A10 to the picturesque Cradle Mountain. From alpine heaths to chiseled mountain peaks and glacial lakes, the landscape is one of Tasmania’s most awe-inspiring attractions. Hike through the iconic region on a self-guided or ranger led walk, visit the reflective Dove Lake and glistening Enchanted Forest, climb to Marion’s Lookout, go horse-riding, fly fishing and see magnificent waterfalls. While in Cradle Mountain, you may come across native wildlife, but if you’re keen to see the Tasmanian Devil then visit Devils@Cradle. Spend the night nestled by the fireplace at the cosy Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge . If you can’t get enough of Cradle Mountain, explore the region further on the renowned 65km Overland Track .

Cradle Mountain

Day 9: Return to Devonport

After a well-deserved sleep in, enjoy a buffet breakfast at the Highland Restaurant before setting back out into the national park. When you’re ready, pack the car and drive the final leg of your road trip back to Devonport along Cradle Mountain Rd and C132 which will take you less than 80 minutes. The Spirit of Tasmania night cruise typically leaves at 7:30pm, allowing you to see Devonport. From the Mersey River, to Bass Strait Maritime Centre and Devonport Regional Gallery , there is plenty to do before you wave goodbye to Tassie.

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6-day journey through Tasmania’s western wilds

Follow historical routes, learn the tales of Tasmania’s early pioneers and become immersed in unique wilderness experiences.

Tasmania’s spectacular  western region  is much more than the rugged and remote coastline it is renowned for. This six-day Western Wilds journey is full of discovery­­.

What to expect

  • A captivating journey with spectacular scenery
  • Unique wilderness retreats coupled with first class Tasmanian produce
  • Experience the Western Wilds by car, boat and train
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Distance: 1172 kilometres (728 miles)
  • Transport: Car
  • Nearest major city: Hobart

6-day journey through Tasmania's western wilds

6-day journey through Tasmania's western wilds

Day 1: Hobart to Lake Pedder

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Lake Pedder, Southwest National Park, Tasmania © Tourism Tasmania

Leaving Hobart behind as you embark on your Western Wilds journey, follow the Derwent River as you pass through historical hop growing country and on to Mount Field National Park  (about a 1.5-hour drive). Take the short walk to Russell Falls or drive further on to Lake Dobson as you travel through the glacier-sculpted landscape. If extreme sports are more appealing, continue on to Maydena (about a 40-minute drive), home to Maydena Bike Park. This extensive world-class mountain bike park has trails to suit most abilities and a full rental fleet of bikes and safety gear.

The Western Wilds are calling so keep heading west, leaving the dense forest behind as you drive one-hour into the weather sculpted Southwest National Park and arrive at Lake Pedder . Spend the night at Pedder Wilderness Lodge and enjoy the views in this wild location while warming yourself in front of the fire.

Day 2: Lake Pedder to Lake St Clair

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Pumphouse Point, Lake St. Clair, Tasmania © Tourism Tasmania

Leaving Lake Pedder, retrace your steps back to Westerway where you will turn towards Ellendale and drive through to the Lyell Highway before continuing your journey west. Stop for a break in the old Hydro Electric Commission town of Tarraleah (just over a two-hour drive) and read about the early pioneers who worked in harsh conditions building dams and laying the complex pipework that now feeds Tasmania’s electricity grid. Leaving Tarraleah and heading west for 45 minutes, enjoy the high country scenery, stopping at The Wall in the Wilderness sculpture to learn about the people who shaped the Tasmanian Central Highlands. A short drive down the road will bring you to the unique wilderness accommodation Pumphouse Point on the shore of Lake St. Clair. Go for a stroll on the Frankland Beaches or put your feet up with a glass of fine Tasmanian wine and enjoy the picturesque lakefront views and surrounding mountain peaks.

Day 3: Lake St Clair to Wild West Coast

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Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania © Jason Charles Hill

If you are feeling energetic, make the most of an early start and enjoy one of the short walks Lake St. Clair has to offer before hitting the road and continuing your journey west. Driving towards the west coast from Lake St. Clair will provide you with stunning wilderness views as you travel just under two hours through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.

Make a quick stop at the Iron Blow Lookout in the ghost town of Gormanston before descending to Queenstown, once claimed to be the world’s richest mining town. Spend some time discovering the history of this rugged old town and its unexpected attractions such as the Paragon Theatre.

Continuing from Queenstown, drive about 40 minutes west to arrive in Strahan , your final destination for the day. You will have plenty of time to explore this bustling little harbourside town nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. Feeling adventurous? Book in an afternoon from Queenstown with RoamWild for some off the beaten track tours, giving you a great insight in to the local history and wild scenery. Strahan ATV Adventures can also cater for the adrenaline-seekers in your party and will guarantee a good time. For great atmosphere, spend the night at Strahan Village and enjoy the fresh local seafood buffet at View 42° Restaurant and Bar .

Day 4: Strahan

Strahan Village, Strahan, TAS © Strahan Village

Strahan Village, Strahan, Tasmania © Strahan Village

Strahan has a rich historical past and has long been the gateway to explore Tasmania’s West Coast. With plenty to fill your day you won’t be stuck for things to do, and there are options to suit any budget. One must-do experience is a trip on the award-winning Gordon River Cruise . Relax on their new Spirit of the Wild purpose built catamaran as you travel across Macquarie Harbour and out to the infamous Hells Gates before cruising past Sarah Island and up the Gordon River. Enjoy this experience in first class comfort with expert local guides while you venture deep into Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area.

Strahan is also home to Australia’s longest running play, ‘The Ship That Never Was’. Telling a true story of the last escape from Sarah Island, this dramatic and comical tale is an iconic experience and great for young and old. Evening session times are 5.30pm daily, September through to May at the Richard Davey Amphitheatre on the waterfront. Finish your day with a drink at the local favourite, Hamer’s Hotel .

Day 5: Strahan to Corinna

Tarkine Forest Adventures, Dismal Swamp Forest Reserve, TAS © Tourism Australia

Tarkine Forest Adventures, Dismal Swamp Forest Reserve, Tasmania © Tourism Australia

Spend a relaxing morning visiting some of the local artisans with a coffee stop at the Cove Gallery and Café . If that doesn’t take your fancy, the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway is a great way to take in spectacular scenery only accessible by steam train whilst listening to stories from its construction during the mining boom. Half and full-day trips are available leaving Strahan with experiences suitable for all ages.

An afternoon drive to Corinna (just under two hours) will take you northwest and further into the West Coast wilderness and Tarkine Reserve, home to Australia’s largest area of temperate rainforest. This remote outpost stationed on the banks of the Pieman River was once a base for prospectors during the gold rush, holding the Tasmanian record for the largest gold nugget to be discovered, weighing in at a whopping 7.5 kilograms (16.5 pounds). There are several accommodation options at Corinna, all run by the same operator so booking is simple but recommended prior to travel.

Day 6: Corinna to North West Coast

Pieman River, Corinna, TAS © Tourism Tasmania

Pieman River, Corinna, Tasmania © Tourism Tasmania

Before you hit the road, take the time to enjoy the surrounds at Corinna. There are several short walks through the rainforest, with attractions such as the wreck of SS Croyden, now sitting at the mouth of Savage River. The Pieman River Cruise is another memorable river journey and the historic Arcadia II , a beautifully restored 17-metre (55-foot) boat constructed from Tasmanian Huon pine is an attraction all in itself.

There are plenty of driving options from Corinna once you have taken the Fatman barge across the Pieman. For some more remote and wild scenery, consider driving further north towards Marrawah (about a two-hour drive) where exposed and raw coastlines meet lush green farming pasture, contrasting the two main industries on this part of the coast. Pre-booking accommodation in Marrawah is also recommended, with a stop at the local pub for a chance to hear some wild tales from local fishermen who pioneered the Tasmanian rock lobster and abalone industries.

Spend your last day enjoying the 5.5-hour drive back to Hobart, or choose to fly out of Launceston , which is only 3.5 hours from Marrawah.

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Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, TAS © Stu Gibson

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A girl's adventure in food and travel around the world, 5-day tasmania itinerary: road trip from hobart.

I have heard a lot about Tasmania – about the unique and beautiful nature down there, and how they have the cleanest air in the world because they are so far removed from everything else.

I’ve seen the rugged beauty of Tasmania in Lion , a true story made into an Oscar-nominated drama movie featuring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Needless to say, I was very excited about this trip. It also helped that my Australian friends would gush about how food in Tasmania just tasted better and that their local produce is considered superior even among Australians.

In this post, you can find the details of planning a road trip in Tasmania and the East Coast itinerary I ended up with.

My 5 Days in Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

In my past Australia posts , I’ve talked about how surprised I was at the sheer size of the country-continent. Well, Tasmania is no exception – even though on the map it looks like a small portion of Australia, it’s still quite huge. If you want to hit everything Tasmania has to offer then I reckon you’ll need a good 10-14 days.

Now here comes the problem – I only have 5 days in Tasmania. So I knew I had to make some sacrifices. I narrowed down what my must-dos are: I want to see at least one national park, I want to eat Tasmanian oysters, and I want to still see some sights around Hobart. Keeping these in mind, I had to settle for the shorter option, which meant driving only halfway up the east coast to Freycinet National Park before driving back down again.

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The final itinerary I went with was this:

  • Day 1: Explore Hobart (Fly in the morning)
  • Day 2: Drive up to Bicheno (3 hours)
  • Day 3: Explore  Freycinet National Park
  • Day 4: Drive down to Port Arthur and Tasman Island (3 hours)
  • Day 5: Bruny Island Foodie Day trip

If you have more time – You can always opt to drive further up towards Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires, before ending up at Launceston, the second biggest city in Tasmania.

Cash Management in Australia

In Australia, you can use your credit card pretty much everywhere. I didn’t use cash for most of my trips there. However, if you prefer to transact in cash, then exchange your money before the trip. Do NOT exchange your money in Australia, especially at the Airport. They generally don’t give you a good exchange rate and sometimes apply a fee for the transaction – check out this article for horror stories .

My friend tried to exchange AUD for SGD at Sydney Airport and was given a rate of $1.43 when the going rate was $1.04. His A$163 became S$115 when it should have been S$155. I know as a general rule you are not supposed to change currency in airports, but to his defense, we’ve changed currencies in other airports and were not ripped off as badly as in Australia.

General Tips for Driving in Australia

  • Rent a car and arrange to pick it up straight from the airport you’re flying into. Saves you tons of time!
  • Have an International Driver’s License with at least a month’s validity.
  • Keep to the speed limit! I have been told the Australian police is very strict on speeding.
  • Fill up the tank before returning your car, or it’s going to cost you.
  • Most businesses (except restaurants) are closed by 4-5 pm. Yes, even grocery stores, so plan ahead if you need to replenish resources.
  • Bring an Adapter for USB Charging in the car. Something like this is perfect. You’ll be driving a lot, so you’ll want to use your phone for music, GPS and research and that stuff will eat into your battery.
  • Bring a power bank. My favorite power bank is the Xiaomi 10,000 mAh. This stuff is super powerful. It can charge my iPhone 7+ more than twice.

My Itinerary of 5 Days in Tasmania

As you can imagine, there are lots to do in Tasmania so I’ve broken up the posts to guide you through the special highlights of the trip:

Day 1: Hobart & Surrounding Area

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, and likely the starting point if you are an international traveler like us. In this Hobart City Guide post , you’ll find the low-down of this quaint city – what to eat, where to stay, and day trips you can take from Hobart.

A viewing deck on top of Mount Wellington in Hobart

Day 2-3: Bicheno and Freycinet National Park

When driving through the east coast of Tasmania, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that you have to stop by Freycinet National Park . This post will guide you through the planning of visiting the park: how to get there, where to stay, and what to do.

At the top of Mount Amos, Freycinet National Park

Day 4: Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur

The Tasman Peninsula is only a short 1-hour drive from Hobart and houses some of the most beautiful terrains Tasmania has to offer.

Hint: It’s one of the locations for the movie  Lions , which if you haven’t seen – you should. It’s both shot beautifully and the story is very unique.

While you are there, I recommend stopping by Port Arthur , a historic village that served as a convict settlement built in the mid-18th century!

Here are some tours to Port Arthur / Tasman Peninsula from Hobart you can consider:

  • Port Arthur Day Tour from Hobart – In addition to the village, you’ll also get to see some of Tasman Peninsula’s popular sites, such as Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch, and the Blowhole.
  • Tasman Island Cruises  by Penicott Wilderness Journeys  – If you are the adventurous type, I highly recommend checking out this cruise. This is done by the same company I went to  Bruny Island  with. We got to see dolphins and other wildlife in this cruise!

Find more info about this in my Hobart Guide !

Day 5: Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a holiday island 45 minutes south of Hobart. The island is formed by two large land masses, separated only by a narrow stretch of sand called “The Neck”. More importantly, for me, the island is famous for its gourmet local produce!

You can read about my day of eating and drinking on Bruny Island here .

The House of Whisky is also a very beautiful place to grab a drink and wind down

Getting a Car Rental/Hire

Here is a tip for road trip newbies like myself: You can arrange to rent/hire a car and pick it up straight from the airport you’re flying into. All car rental companies would have their own drop-off zone at the airport parking lot. This saves you time and money since you don’t have to worry about your airport transport anymore!

I booked a car hire through Cheaptickets , which connects you to local car rental companies. I recommend doing this a few weeks before your actual trip!

Tip: You can also book excess insurance with your booking, which covers you in case you get in an accident. If you get this insurance through Cheaptickets, it’s only $9.90 a day. However, if you buy the insurance at booking point, it would cost you $30-40 a day so I recommend to buy the insurance online.

Not a fan of booking ahead? You could just get a car when you get to the airport since all the car rental companies have an office in the airport. However, if you do it this way you might risk not having a car available for hire on the day of your arrival. Just an example, when I was in Hobart it so happened that a huge cruise ship was docking in the city for a few days. A bunch of its 3000-something passengers was looking to hire cars and explore the region and I heard most car rentals were fully booked until Monday when I arrived Saturday morning.

Booking Accommodations in Tasmania

I also booked all my accommodations through Cheaptickets . Cheaptickets’ hotel booking engine is powered by booking.com, so you can be assured you get the best deal and good cancellation policy – though I would still pay attention to each booking since the cancellation policy differs hotel to hotel.

I find the accommodations in Tasmania to be on the more expensive side, especially as you get into the smaller cities. The accommodations I booked ranges from AU$150-200 (US$115-155) per night. Here are the hotels I booked for my itinerary above:

  • Shipwright Arms (Hobart) – This is a really small no-frills hotel & pub located in the historic Battery Point neighborhood of Hobart. Their rooms are very simple and there is no dedicated receptionist at the desk (the person checking us in was also tending to the bar, but this hotel was the cheapest I could find in Hobart that isn’t a hostel or with a shared bathroom.
  • Bicheno by the Bay (Bicheno) – A beautiful lodge just minutes’ walk away from the beach and city center of Bicheno (which is a very small town). I loved this hotel as they have the best shower out of all the accommodations I had on this trip! The hot water heats up in seconds, has good water pressure and they have a heating lamp in the bathroom – something I truly missed on cold nights when I was stepping out of the shower.
  • Rydges Hobart  (Hobart) – The hotel is a renovated heritage building, located conveniently close to the center of Hobart. I’m not sure if they upgraded us, but our Manor Twin room was huge! It has its own living room and a huge bathroom. It’s definitely the most spacious and modern out of all three accommodations.

Example of Cost of the trip

Since I was tracking my spending throughout the entire trip, I am sharing them here with you so you can get an idea of how much you’ll be spending in USD.

Hotel and transport were non-negotiable – I think no matter what you do, you’ll end up spending around that much per day/night. Perhaps you could spend a bit less on the hotel if you are going the backpacking route – shared bathrooms / rooms and all.

For Meals , it varied greatly since on some days we skipped lunch, and on some days we had expensive dinners. I think $45/person/day is a more accurate estimate if you eat a modest breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also save some money on meals if you choose to cook yourself or eat at a fast food restaurant.

Activities are also negotiable. The price above included a cruise and a full-day food tour which consist of about 70% of the amount above. The rest are the museum entrance, park entrance, etc.

What to expect from driving in Tasmania

Here are a few small things I noted during our road trip:

  • Lots of roadkill along the Tasmanian roads! I’m not sure why since I didn’t see this when we drove in Queensland, but in Tasmania, you can expect to see road kills of varying sizes (from squirrels to wallabies) every time you drive out from the city.
  • All businesses tend to close early, so try to check in to your hotel before 5 pm or be sure to notify the hotel if you are arriving at an off-house so that they can arrange an alternative check-in method and you won’t be left stranded!
  • Yes, even grocery stores will close early so plan ahead if you need to replenish resources. I find this to be very true, especially in Tasmania.
  • Weather changes fast, so bring various layers. Super strong sun – bring adequate sunscreen and layer up with extra clothing to shield yourself, even when you are driving in the car.
  • 3G and 4G were widely available in the areas I went to, but I still downloaded offline maps on my Google Maps app just in case we go off the grid. I experienced low connectivity only at Freycinet National Park .

General Tips on Traveling in Australia

  • A credit card works everywhere in Australia – even in small towns. We brought $200 Aussie Dollars with us and only ended up spending about $50 of it.
  • Have an International Driver’s License that has at least a month of validity left.
  • With rental cars, you should fill up the tank before returning your car, or it’s going to cost you extra.
  • Bring an Adapter for USB Charging in the car in case your car doesn’t have a USB charging point, so you can still charge your  Something  like this  is perfect.
  • Bring a power bank. My favorite power bank is  the Xiaomi 10,000 mAh . This stuff is super powerful. It can charge my iPhone 7+ more than twice.

And that’s all folks! I hope that was helpful to you.

  • April 19, 2021

Tasmania has a lot to offer for travel enthusiasts and will surely not disappoint! There’s always food for the eyes (sceneries) and the tummy. Love this itinerary, so handy!

  • July 20, 2020

Some good points about considerations for overseas travellers. Tasmania is a fabulous place to visit and the National Parks there are world class. Our favourite spots included Freycinet National Park and a summer beach stay in Bicheno.

  • June 9, 2019

Hello Melissa, for the Bruny Island tour, did you do any hotel pick up or you drove somewhere to park your car before the shuttle bus picked you up? Where would you recommend parking the rented car? Thank you 🙂

Hey Joel, we walked to the pick up point since it was close to our hotel. There are plenty of parking around but you’ll have to pay since it’s in the central area.

  • April 16, 2019

awesome post thanks for sharing

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Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary | 17 days around Van Diemen’s Land

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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


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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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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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!


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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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.


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 .

Winding Tasmanian roads in the Western Wilds


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.

Lake Burbury from above | Tasmania


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.

Exploring Hobart CBD


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.

Bustling Salamanca Markets in Hobart Tasmania


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 .

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A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Updated On 10th May, 2024

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

If you’re planning a trip to Tasmania and are wondering what your Tasmania road trip could look like or what you should do with your time there, you’ve arrived at the right blog post. In this blog post, I am going to share a 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary with you, jam-packed with all the best places to visit in Tasmania. It’s one of the best places to visit in Australia and certainly somewhere you should consider for a road trip in Australia!

This 10-day Tasmania road trip is perfect for those who want a real taste for what Australia has to offer. Whether you like hikes and bikes, penguin watching, distilleries or heritage sites, Tasmania is an absolute must for internationals visiting Australia as well as Australians looking for a domestic trip that feels like you have gone on an international adventure. This epic road trip itinerary, which is one of the best things to do in Australia , will take you through all the best places to visit in Tasmania.

Of course, this Tasmania road trip itinerary is going to assume you have a car or van with you. I’m not sure it would be of any use for me to write an itinerary for you whilst staying at your hotel lol. However, if you have booked to stay in one place during your time in Tasmania, you may want to use this post to inspire a day trip in Tasmania or to add an extension to your existing booking.

If you want to know more about renting a campervan in Australia, check out this blog post. 

After all, road trips are the best!

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A 10-day road trip itinerary for Tasmania…

I’m going to begin and end this road trip in Tasmania in Devonport, so it’s the perfect Australia road trip if you’re looking for a loop route! This itinerary focuses on East Tasmania and goes in a clockwise direction, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t enjoy this Tasmania road trip itinerary in the other direction. 

This is a 10-day road trip itinerary for Tasmania, but there’s no reason why you can’t adapt it to be a 1-week itinerary, or take your time and spend 3 or 4 weeks completing this route! The absolute best way to see this magical wild place is by camping and caravanning. Tasmania is a camper’s heaven with so many beautiful waterfront and nature immersed campsites. With many of these being free, you can save your money for the experiences, park entry and local food! 

See my guide to freedom camping in Australia here. 

I explored Tasmania in my own van, if you don’t have a van/caravan you can easily rent one from places like Appolo or Britz , or if you’re looking for something more homey, you can rent vans on Camplify starting at $70 a day. Trying to do it on a budget? Then pack a tent and you are ready to go!

However much I love van life, this trip is equally doable in a car, if you prefer. I’d recommend using Airbnb or  Booking.com  for the best accommodation along your route.

In terms of getting to Tasmania, this island state is only a short 2-hour flight from Sydney. You can also get to Tasmania by The Spirit of Tasmania. This ferry runs twice a day and can take you and your car/van from Melbourne, Victoria to Devonport, Tasmania in around 11 hours. Tickets start at around $130 per adult and $100 for a car/motorhome each way. You can also choose to book a cabin to get a good night’s sleep starting at $149 per cabin. Be aware that prices fluctuate in peak season and do sell out, so book in advance! Book your Spirit of Tasmania tickets here. 

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Weather in Tasmania: When to visit Tasmania…

Whether you decide to do the full 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary, pick and choose your favourites for a weekend getaway or immerse yourself for a longer stay, these are a few of my absolute favourite places to visit in Tasmania from my four months exploring this beautiful island state in my van.

If you’re planning a road trip in Tasmania and wondering ‘what is the weather like in Tasmania?’ or ‘when to visit Tasmania’, the best months to visit are between November-February, to avoid the winter closures of some areas. Either way, be sure to pack some warm clothes and a rain jacket (even in the summer months!), so you can enjoy whatever the weather throws at you on your Tasmania road trip. Also, be sure to grab a Tasmania Parks Pass (2 months for $80), which will allow you access into some campsites and all major parks for the trip. 

Day 1: The Nut, Stanley

  • Driving time: 2 hours

It’s Day 1 of this Tasmania road trip itinerary and I hope you’re raring to go! 

After taking the Spirit across from what the locals call “the mainland”, you will arrive in Devonport in Northern Tasmania. Head west for 1.5 hours towards the historic seaside village of Stanley, one of the best places to visit in Tasmania and best known for ‘The Nut’: a sheer sided bluff that is all that remains of the volcanic plug. 

The Nut is accessible by chairlift for $17 pp, or on foot, but be prepared for a short steep climb to get to the top. Follow the 4.6km circuit around the grassy plains of the Nut taking in the stunning sights from above.  

When you’re finished, head into town and wander down Church Street to try the Tasmanian special: the famous scallop pie at Touchwood Cafe. They are also known for their ‘The Nut’ scones that are made even better when enjoyed from this rustic wall to wall glass dining room overlooking the town. 

Make the 20-minute drive towards Peggs Beach Campground for the night ($13 for 2 people).

Day 2: Cradle Mountain

  • Driving time: 3 hours

On your second day of your Tasmania road trip  you’re heading to one of the best places to visit in Tasmania: Cradle Mountain.

Get an early start on the day and drive southeast towards the wild west of Cradle Mountain. This iconic wilderness world heritage destination is a 2.5 hour drive from Stanley and is home to some of the most diverse natural beauty that Tasmania has on offer. From the moss covered rainforests to glacial lakes, it’s no wonder Cradle is such a popular place to visit in Tasmania year round. 

The park provides a free shuttle with purchase of a Parks Pass, so park in the main car park, head to the visitor information centre to get your shuttle tickets, and make your way into the park. 

Take the shuttle to Dove Lake where you can choose from an array of walks in Cradle Mountain. You can spend the full day (8hrs+) hiking to the peak, or keep it to a half day loop winding your way up to Marrion’s Lookout overlooking Dove Lake, and then back through the forest towards Ronnie Creek, where you can encounter a wisdom of wombats traversing the wide grassy plains.  

If you have ever dreamed of seeing a Tasmanian Devil then be sure to check out the after dark feeding tours at the Devil’s at Cradle Sanctuary where you have the chance to interact with these near extinct animals at their most active time ($37.50 AUD pp). This is definitely one of the best things to do in Tasmania! 

Head about 30 minutes out of Cradle to find camp for the night at Lake Gairdner Campground. 

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Day 3: Launceton

Heading east for 2 hours, make your way towards the riverside city of Launceston for the day. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Tasmania and a must do on your road trip in Tasmania!

The first stop is Grindelwald, a small village in Tamar Valley Resort on the outskirts of Launceston. This stunning little village was in fact named and inspired by a village in Switzerland and created by a local businessman for his wife who wanted to move to Switzerland.

It features traditional Swiss-German architecture and is a great place to come try your hand at Putt Putt, feed the resident ducks down by the lake and grab some freshly made crepes and a coffee from Miss A Sippy Cafe overlooking the courtyard. 

Once you have had your fill, head into Launceston to explore the beautiful Cataract Gorge. One of the best things to do in Tasmania is to take a walk down the original 1890’s pathway towards the South Esk River to the urban reserve with its rolling lawns and meandering peacocks.  

If you love Indian, be sure to finish the day by grabbing dinner at Pickled Evenings. Open from 5pm, they do an incredible Cheese and Garlic Kulcha and their curries are divine. Portions are on the smaller side, so grab extra rice if you’re hungry, but the flavours are worth it. 

Then make the short 30-minute drive east to camp for the night at Lilydale Falls Campground. 

Day 4: Lavender Fields and Floating Sauna

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Start the day with a quick explore of the Lilydale Falls and then head 20 minutes east to Bridestowe Lavender Estate to explore the picturesque fields. This is one of the best things to do in Tasmania, not only because of the beautiful purple of the lavender but also because of the cafe! Try one of the many lavender infused items from the cafe, like the subtle flavoured lavender ice cream!

Then drive about 1 hour to the little mountain town of Derby to finish the afternoon with an hour of relaxation at the famous Floating Sauna. Only a short 10 minute walk from town, this woodfired sauna with a window overlooking Derby lake offers a scenic, one of a kind, hot-cold immersion experience. Sessions run for an hour and cost $45 pp. Be sure to book as these spots sell out fast!

Head back into town and sleep at the free camp in town. 

Find out more about freedom camping in Australia here. 

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Day 5: Derby

  • Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Derby is the one of the best places to go mountain biking in Australia. The Blue Derby network consists of 125km of trails winding through the beautiful local forests and ancient ferns beginning in the centre of town. 

One of the best things to do in Tasmania is to get a taste of the trails by renting a bike in town and spend the morning exploring! Beginners can enjoy a scenic ride around Derby Lake, while more intermediate and advanced riders can head up on a shuttle and explore the downhill trails. 

Finish your ride with a well deserved pizza at The Hub from $13-22 AUD and make your way east for 1.5 hours to Swimcart Beach Campground in the Bay of Fires for the night. 

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Day 6: Bay of Fires and Bicheno

It’s day 6 on our Tasmania road trip itinerary and it’s a good day for an early start. Wake up for sunrise and enjoy coffee with views overlooking the crystal clear blue waters of the Bay of Fires. Spend the morning exploring the beaches, go for a dip, or a surf if the conditions are right!

After that, pack up and head 1.5 hr south to Bicheno. Grab a pastry from Little Bay Collective and take a walk on the beautiful Waubs beach. 

In the evening be sure to check out the penguins in Bicheno! You can book a tour with Bicheno Penguin Tours for $40 pp or go down by yourself down near the boat ramp, but be sure to not shine lights on them or take photos with a flash. Pick a spot, be still and enjoy the magic. 

Drive 15 minutes south to sleep at Friendly Beaches campground. 

Day 7: Mt Atmos and Wineglass Bay

  • Driving time: 1 hour 25 minutes

The next stop is a 25-minute drive to Freycinet National Park to hike the rugged Mt Atmos overlooking the beautiful sweeping beach of Wineglass Bay. These are two of the best places to visit in Tasmania. 

The Mt. Atmos track is 3.6km and I recommend you allow 3 hours with its steep climb with rocky wet slabs in some parts. Be conscious of recent rainfall, bring water and wear comfortable grippy shoes. 

Not up for a climb? Then check out the 2.6 km return Wineglass Bay Lookout track, another one of the best things to do in Tasmania, which delivers similar views from a more accessible vantage point. 

Finish with dinner in town with a casual bite to eat at Richardson’s Bistro or for a more fine dining experience check out The Bay Restaurant with their seasonal menu. Then drive 1-hour to Mayfeild Beach campground for the night. 

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Day 8: Hobart Outskirts

  • Driving time: 2 hours 50 minutes

In the morning of day 8 of this Tasmania road trip itinerary head 1 hour south to the National Heritage Listed Richmond Bridge to see Australia’s oldest stone arch bridge built by convict labour in 1825. 

Then, if it’s a weekend, one of the best things to do in Tasmania is to head into Hobart’s Salamanca markets on Saturday and farmgate markets on Sunday to sample the best of Tasmania’s artisans, designers, wine makers and distillers. 

Finish the afternoon driving south along the beautiful Huon Valley for a cider tasting at Pagan cider cellar door. You will be able to try their full range of ciders including their seasonal small-batch blends that you can only get at the cellar door (the quince is an absolute must!).

Free camping is limited near Hobart, so either head back into town and treat yourself for a night in a hotel, or head to The Leah bush camping area for $10 pp. 

A 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary

Day 9: Mona and Mt Wellington

  • Driving time: 1 hour 50 minutes

On day 9 of your road trip in Tasmania drive into Hobart and up to Mt Wellington. Get a coffee at the Lost Freight Cafe and then drive the rest of the way to the top to enjoy your coffee overlooking Hobart. 

Head to MONA and spend a few hours getting connected to the wacky and weird in the Museum of Old and New Art. Throw out the stereotypical ‘boring’ museums and make sure you don’t miss this unique place to visit in Tasmania: this one of a kind labyrinth leads you down a spiraling staircase to the basement, that progressively winds its way through an array of art. Come with an open mind and enjoy this eclectic museum for $30 pp.

When you’re done, grab a plant based burger from Dubsy’s and enjoy it while sitting on the lawn and see if you can spot the resident chickens running free.  

Head to Kempton free camp for the night. 

tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

Day 10: Jacob’s Ladder / Kempton Distillery

  • Driving time: 4 hours 20 minutes (or 2 hours 30 minutes if skipping Jacob’s Ladder)

Jacob’s ladder, a moody and winding cliffside road in Ben Lomond National Park, is a 3.5 hour drive from Hobart. This is an invaluable habitat for wallabies and pademelons and a photographer’s dream. It’s by far one of the best places to visit in Australia, never mind one of the best places to visit in Tasmania, and if you are up for a longer drive today, you absolutely must go.

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However, if you’re not wanting to take the detour on the last day of your road trip in Tasmania, you can skip Jacob’s Ladder and book yourself a tour of the Kempton Distillery at 11am for $35pp to enjoy their range of small batch whiskies.

And with that, our Tasmania road trip itinerary has come to an end, and it’s time to head back to Devonport!

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To help plan your visit, I have put together a 7-Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary, based on my previous visit to Tasmania.

Suggestions on food and accommodations for this Itinerary are also provided to remove some hassles out of your trip planning process.

7 Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary – Overview

Day 1: hobart, day 2: tasman peninsula, day 3: freycinet national park, day 4: bicheno > bay of fires > launceston, day 5: launceston.

  • Day 6: Launceston > Cradle Mountain
  • Day 7: Cradle Mountain > Lake St Clair > Hobart

Mt Wellington Summit, Hobart

  • Battery Point : Lined with charming sandstone cottages and quirky antique shops, a stroll around Battery Point is a great way to start your day in Hobart.
  • Salamanca Place : Well-known for its Salamanca Market on Saturdays . With that being said, Salamanca Place is lined with impressive colonial buildings & it is worth a visit even on those non-market days.
  • Hobart Waterfront : The buzzing Hobart Waterfront is only a 5-minute stroll from Salamanca Market, but presents a different feel.
  • Breakfast : Check out Jackman & McRoss during your morning stroll in Battery Point.
  • Lunch : Enjoy a Fish & Chips near Hobart Waterfront.

Where to Stay

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula

  • Tasman Bay National Park Lookout : Tasman Bay National Park Lookout is among the first few attractions you will come across when driving into the Tasman Peninsula. Be sure to stop by and admire the breathtaking views of Pirates Bay when driving by.
  • Tessellated Pavement : Check out the impressive rock formations at Tessellated Pavement.
  • Port Arthur Historic Site :  A must-visit historic landmark in Tasmania & make sure you plan out at least half a day to check out this site.
  • Doo Town : A peaceful seaside village, famous for its Doo themed signage and house names.
  • Tasmans Arch & Devil’s Kitchen : Check out the spectacular views at Tasmans Arch and Devil’s Kitchen after visiting Doo Town.
  • Lunch : Port Arthur Historic Site has a cafe on-site, which can be a convenient option when visiting.
  • Dinner : There aren’t many options for dinner on the Tasman Peninsula & you may wish to cook something instead.
  • You can also stay closer to the Freycinet National Park tonight, so you don’t have a long drive tomorrow morning.

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

  • Mt Amos Summit: If your fitness level allows, you may wish to hike up the Mt Amos Summit for a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Freycinet National Park.
  • Wineglass Bay:  Shaped like a wineglass, Wineglass Bay is one of the most picturesque and well-known attractions in the Freycinet National Park.
  • Guided Penguin Tour in Bicheno: Spend the night viewing those cute fairy penguins surfing out of the sea & heading back to their colonies.
  • Lunch : Enjoy a picnic within the Freycinet National Park.

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

  • Binalong Bay to Launceston : It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Binalong Bay to Launceston & make sure you take sufficient breaks to avoid fatigue.
  • Breakfast : Start the day at Little Bay Patisserie in Bicheno.
  • Lunch:  Try out the delicious tacos from Spicy Mamas (food van near Bicheno IGA).
  • Launceston offers a range of accommodations for every budget.

Tamar Valley, Launceston, Tasmania

  • Brady’s Lookout:  Check out the spectacular views from Brady’s Lookout, where you can have the entire Tamar Valley and Launceston in one glance.
  • Low Head Lighthouse : Check out Low Head Lighthouse for the best views of the river mouth of Tamar River.
  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm: If you are visiting Launceston in December and January , be sure to visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm for a perfect Instagram photo.
  • Cataract Gorge Reserve : Only a brief drive from Launceston CBD, you can find a range of hiking trails within the stunning Cataract Gorge Reserve.
  • Lunch:   Bridestowe Lavender Farm offers a delicious lavender inspired menu, which can be interesting to try out.
  • Stay in Launceston for its convenience.
  • Or stay closer to Cradle Mountain , to reduce your driving time tomorrow.

Day 6: Cradle Mountain

7 Days Tasmania Road Trip from Launceston and Devonport

  • Launceston / Sheffield > Cradle Mountain : Cradle Mountain is a 2-hour drive from Launceston & a 50-minute drive from Sheffield.
  • Wildlife Spotting: Near Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, you can spot many Wombats and Wallabies after dark. You can even spot platypuses in the creeks near Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
  • Lunch : Enjoy a picnic during your walk in Cradle Mountain.

Day 7:  Cradle Mountain > Lake St Clair > Hobart

Lake St Clair, Tasmania

  • Iron Blow Lookout:  Take a break at the impressive Iron Blow Lookout to appreciate its unique landscape.
  • Nelson Falls:  An easy 10 minutes stroll in a stunning rainforest, for a spectacular view of Nelson Falls.
  • Breakfast : Check out Elements Cafe  before leaving Cradle Mountain .
  • Try to stay near Hobart Airport , if you are departing Tasmania by air tomorrow.

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The Perfect 10-Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

24 March 2019.

Australia’s southern island state is a place of incredible beauty and its compact size makes it the perfect place for a good old fashioned road trip.

Zoom along winding country roads through thick eucalypt forests where a sweet piney scent hangs in the air. Take an afternoon stroll down a wide swathe of powdery white sand lapped by turquoise seas that would look very much at home in the Caribbean. Hike through rugged landscapes and fairytale forests in search of spectacular mountain views. Or simply indulge in the many fantastic wineries and restaurants where virtually every dish is crafted from locally grown ingredients.

Whether it’s your first time down under or you’re an Aussie local, Tasmania has so much to offer and beautifully combines some of Australia’s best nature, best beaches and a charming snapshot of rural life.

Planning your trip? Here’s my complete 10-day Tasmania road trip itinerary that takes in some of the most beautiful spots this island has to offer.

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We flew into Launceston on an early morning flight and hit the ground running, picking up our rental car at the airport and beginning the slow meandering drive towards Tasmania’s spectacular east coast. If you’re arriving in the afternoon, it’s probably best to spend the evening in Launceston and kick off the road trip the following day instead as there’s plenty to see along the way.

Setting off, we were immediately thrust into the Tasmanian countryside, weaving between eucalypt forests and yellowing pastures on a narrow country road. We made a beeline for Lilydale Falls, stopping off at the small minimarket in town for supplies, though in hindsight, visiting one of the larger supermarkets in Launceston would have been a better idea.

The shaded tables made a lovely spot for a picnic lunch before setting off on the 10-minute walk towards the small cascades.

Next up was the much-anticipated sprawling lilac fields of Bridestowe Lavender Estate which, as our luck would have it, were at their fullest bloom and ripe for the summer harvest. Frolicking through the blossoming lavender fields had long held a place on my bucket list; breathing in the heady floral aroma and watching the bees whizz about in a frenzy. Little did I know that dream would eventually be realised here in Tasmania rather than in the south of France.

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The peak flowering season is very short lasting from December to February at which point the harvest transforms the purple fields into neat rows of green. For prime lavender viewing, mid-December to mid-January is the ideal time to visit. During this peak period, entry to the estate is $10 (it’s free at other times of the year) which includes a free guided tour that traces the estate’s origins, the harvest and the distillation process. If you’re not visiting during the flowering season, however, I’d perhaps suggest skipping this stop.

After a slow ramble through the brightly coloured fields, stopping for plenty of pictures and sampling the very generous servings of lavender infused ice-cream on offer, it was time to hit the road again. Next up was Pyengana Dairy Company for an afternoon caffeine hit and to sample their award-winning cheeses, before setting a course for the Bay of Fires.

Following an early seafood dinner beside the marina, we headed off to explore the bay beneath the radiant glow of the setting sun. Though many visitors assume this pretty piece of coastline gets its name from the vermillion streaks of lichen that encircle many of the boulders in the area, in fact, it originated in the 1700s when a passing ship noticed the plumes of smoke along the coast from the fires of the land’s indigenous communities.

Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. Tasmania Road Trip. Tasmania Itinerary. Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary. Tasmania Australia.

Our first stop at Binalong Bay and the Skeleton Bay Reserve led us to some sublime beaches which we vowed to return to the following morning, followed by a drive up Gardens Road which passes through thick eucalypt forests that offer up brilliant glimpses of the rugged coastline. Pulling into one of the many parking bays, we found a perfect spot for a sunset drink to watch the rough turquoise seas, our feet buried in the powdery white sand and the fading glow warming our backs.

If you’re skipping over the lavender fields, you’ll have plenty more time to explore the beautiful coves and coloured rocks of Binalong Bay, and if the sun is shining, a refreshing dip is certainly a good idea.

Where To Stay For The Bay Of Fires

If you’re travelling by van or with a tent, there are a number of basic but perfectly situated and completely free beachside camping spots along Gardens Road. See here for the official campgrounds and available facilities.

Otherwise, St Helens, set just 12 km from Binalong Bay, makes an ideal base for exploring the area. Check rates and availability here.

Waking to a glare of brilliant sunshine, we decided to change up our plans and return to Binalong Bay to spend the glorious morning paddling in the cool blue water, lazing on the sand and clambering over the rocks before setting off along the beautiful coastal road towards Coles Bay that, as we quickly discovered, would provide many more opportunities for spontaneous swims throughout the day.

There are a number of scenic viewpoints points as you make your way along the coast, but it was the view coming into lovely little Bicheno that had us all glued to the window, oohing and aahing as a wide isthmus of white sand lapped by clear turquoise waves sprung into view. There was no deliberation needed here – this would make the perfect stop for lunch.

After whiling away a few hours, eating lunch on the sand, walking the wide arch of Redbill Beach, traversing the narrow sandy strip toward Diamond Island Nature Reserve, taking a thoroughly refreshing dip at Waubs Beach and stopping for a look at the Bicheno Blowhole, we pushed on towards Coles Bay and our very first glimpse of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Be sure to catch the sun setting over the famous Hazards when the knobbly hills burn a deep orange as the sun dips below the horizon. Some of the best viewing spots are the waterfront of Coles Bay, the far end of Muirs Beach or from the rock platforms surrounding the Edge of The Bay Resort.

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Where To Stay For Freycinet National Park

There’s not a great deal of budget-friendly accommodation around Freycinet National Park, but you’ll find plenty of luxury waterside lodges in the park itself, or a selection of lovely self-contained homes in Coles Bay, just a 10-minute drive from the park entrance. Otherwise, many people also opt to stay at Swansea instead which is about an hour’s drive away.

The Blue Shack   |  As a group of 4, this spacious 3-bedroom home made the perfect base for a few days at Freycinet National Park. The kitchen was huge and well-equipped, it’s walking distance to town and the waterfront, and the lounge area was super comfortable for kicking back after a long day of hiking. Check rates and availability here .

Freycinet Lodge   |  Set inside Freycinet National Park, this 4-star lodge receives excellent reviews online and boasts modern rooms amidst the eucalypt forests, nearby beach access and buffet breakfast included. Check rates and availability here.

Otherwise, you can search the full range of Coles Bay and Swansea accommodation here .

Today meant ditching the car and exploring Freycinet National Park on foot. Try to arrive early to beat the crowds and remember to pay the national park entry fee at the Visitor Centre before leaving your vehicle in the parking lot.

In search of the absolute best views of the famous Wineglass Bay and the hulking mass of the Freycinet Peninsula, we set off on the challenging but incredibly fun rocky scramble up Mount Amos .

The hike only takes about an hour each way but is not one to be taken lightly requiring plenty of clambering up steep and slippy rocks and trying desperately not to overbalance backwards, scuttling up narrow crevices, hoisting yourself over boulders and grasping clumsily onto well-placed trees to stop from falling on your arse (or face).

If you have some level of upper body strength and are feeling adventurous, it’s a really fun way to experience the area and enjoy the fantastic views on offer.

Hiking Mt Amos. Mount Amos Hike. Freycinet National Park. Freycinet Peninsula. Tasmania Australia.

Returning to the car, ravenous after the morning’s exercise, we wolfed down our lunch before setting off again, stopping in at the ridiculously crowded Wineglass Bay Lookout before jumping down the hundreds of stairs to the iconic bay itself for a daily dose of sea spray.

If you’re not up to climbing Mt Amos but still want to explore the national park on foot, there are a number of other hikes such as the 5-hour Hazards Beach Circuit or the multi-day Peninsula Track.

After a much-needed afternoon cup of tea back at our accommodation, we headed up to Cape Tourville and Sleepy Bay in the hopes of catching the sunset across the peninsula. Instead, it was grey skies and tempestuous seas that wrapped around the rocky cliffs which was, in some ways, even more dramatic. The short boardwalk at Cape Tourville offers up some pretty views and if the weather is clear you can expect a brilliant show as the fading light plunges between the folds of the mountains.

On the recommendation of the friendly staff at the Visitor Centre, we moved on to Sleepy Bay, and while the vibrant orange rocks and peaceful cove were quite lovely, they were slightly overshadowed by the gloomy weather and swarms of mosquitos.

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With aching legs from the previous day’s adventure and not too much of a drive on the day ahead, a bit of a lie in was definitely in order, followed by a much-needed and completely delicious brunch at Artifakt Cafe in Swansea, a cosy spot on the main road with an art gallery out the back, before pushing on to Hobart. If you can, try to coincide your visit with a Friday and Saturday when the city’s markets burst to life.

After checking into our hotel, the first stop on our agenda was a very windy Mount Wellington to enjoy the full panorama over the city and its beautiful coastline. The conditions tend to be a little wild up here so don’t forget to bring a jacket, even if it’s mid-summer.

Then it was time to hit the Hobart institution Street Eats @Franko , a bustling street food market set in Franklin Square where you can find everything from vegan tacos and bao buns to seafood platters and mouth-watering curries, and enjoy the live music on offer.

The market runs between 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and food does sell out so it’s best to arrive earlier rather than later so you don’t miss out. Depending on the time of year, it may make more sense to eat here first and then head up Mount Wellington for sunset rather than the other way around.

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Where To Stay In Hobart

Hobart has a wide range of accommodation to suit any budget.

Aside from Mount Wellington, the city’s main attractions are all within easy walking distance so I’d suggest staying somewhere near the centre so you can ditch the car and explore on foot instead. Many streets have metered parking during the day which can be somewhat problematic, but if you’re visiting over the weekend, you’ll find a number of options for free parking.

Check rates and availability in Hobart here.

If you’re here on a Saturday, start the day at the Salamanca Markets before jumping on the ferry to the infamous Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA . Whether you’re an art enthusiast or not, you simply can’t leave Hobart without paying this place a visit.

Home to Australia’s largest private collection of art by David Walsh, many pieces are interactive, immersive and truly critique and push the boundaries of the modern art realm. Most notably controversial are Cloaca Professional , a mechanical digestive system that eats, farts and poops on schedule, Cunts… and other conversations , a series of plastered female genitalia, and Tim, a living, breathing and heavily tattooed man who is himself the artwork and sits in silence in the gallery on and off throughout the year.

Controversy aside, it’s easy to lose hours wandering the enormous chambers that are a world away from the stuffy galleries you may be used to. The space is devoid of wall texts, replaced instead by ‘The O’, a hand-held device that guides you between the pieces providing context, insightful commentary and amusing tidbits from the curators.

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A ferry trip to MONA on one of the camouflaged catamarans, MR-l and MR-ll, is often said to be the perfect bookend to this overwhelmingly original experience, and while cruising up the River Derwent is a lovely way to reach the island, at $22 each, if you’re on a very tight budget I’d say you’re not missing out on a great deal by simply driving yourself. It’s possible to park for free, but be sure to arrive early as spaces are limited.

Spend the final hours of the afternoon amongst the pretty pastel streets and parks around Battery Point before moseying back down to the waterfront for a seafood dinner and evening stroll around the picturesque marina area.

With a long day of driving ahead, we set off relatively early, though with a number of roadworks to navigate and several stretches of narrow winding roads that seriously hampered our progress, it took us the better part of the day to reach Cradle Mountain and was certainly far longer than the 4 hours suggested by Google Maps. Luckily there are several lovely places to stop along the way to break up the trip.

There are three possible ways to drive between Hobart and Cradle Mountain depending on how much time you’ve got. Fastest is along the A1 via Campbell Town where you’ll find the town’s famous red bridge and fascinating Convict Brick Trail which is dedicated to the nearly 200,000 convicts sent to Australia between 1788 and 1868 and details the crimes for which they were convicted. There’s also a large bakery with a well-stocked oven of freshly made pies which makes a decent lunch stop.

Taking more or less the same amount of time is the A4 through the Central Highlands which weaves between a series of lakes but doesn’t provide much opportunity to stop along the way. Sealy’s Cafe in the historic town of Bothwell makes a lovely, if rather expensive, place for a morning coffee break.

The longest but perhaps most spectacular route is via the A10 which skirts around the back of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park through the remote and beautiful backcountry. On this route, you might consider breaking up the trip with the 3-hour hike to Montezuma Falls which leads you across a suspension bridge and through lush rainforests to one of Tasmania’s highest waterfalls.

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The first two routes converge in Deloraine which has a huge supermarket where we stopped to pick up food for the rest of the week and stock up on hiking essentials. Don’t miss the nearby Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm for all manner of delicious raspberry treats – think smoothies, pancakes and scones with homemade jam. The perfect place to refuel before the final leg of the drive.

Keep an eye out for the huge murals as you pass through Sheffield before hitting the winding mountain road that funnels you toward Cradle Mountain National Park. Despite the speed limit indicating 100km/h, this stretch is a series of tight hairpin bends and narrow roads that call for much more care. As you near the national park, be especially cautious of wildlife on the road.

We arrived at Cradle Mountain shortly before dusk and set off along the short but impossibly wonderful Enchanted Walk followed by an evening drive into the park to catch our first glimpse of Dove Lake. Within minutes we had spotted a platypus, wombat, pademelon and an echidna – a theme that would repeat itself much to our delight in the days to come. While the mountains were shrouded with thick clouds and a light drizzle filled the air, there was certainly a touch of magic to the place.

Dove Lake Boatshed. Cradle Mountain Walks. Cradle Mountain Hikes. Cradle Mountain National Park. Tasmania. Australia

Where To Stay In Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is an impossibly beautiful place to visit, but staying overnight in the area sure doesn’t come cheap. You’ll find a handful of lovely but fairly pricy mountain lodges set near the park entrance, as well as a holiday park for the more budget-conscious travellers.

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village   |   We stayed in an amazing self-catering cabin at this property with a balcony looking straight out across the eucalypts. Despite the chilly outside temperatures, it was incredibly cosy indoors with a lounge area to relax after a day of hiking and a small kitchenette. It’s also well located just across the road from the Visitors Centre. A beautiful place to stay amongst nature. Highly recommended!  Check rates and availability here.

Discovery Parks   |  This Australia-wide chain of holiday parks is the only ‘budget-friendly’ option in the area, offering powered and unpowered campsites, dormitories and basic cottages for larger groups. Facilities include a shared guest kitchen, barbeque and laundry. Check rates and availability  here  and  here .

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge   |  Set right beside the entrance to the park, Peppers has a beautiful outlook over the wilderness and a small lake, perfect for wildlife spotting when things spring to life around dusk. This luxury property boasts spacious rooms each with a fireplace, a buffet breakfast, comprehensive spa and top-notch in-house restaurant.  Check rates and availability here.

Cradle Mountain Highlanders   |   This well-situated property amongst the trees offers up charming mountain cabins adorned with rustic wood detailing and equipped with a fireplace and kitchenette.  Check rates and availability here.

Cradle Mountain Hotel   |   The remaining hotel in the area is set a short way further from the park with modern rooms overlooking the landscapes.  Check rates and availability here.


Cradle Mountain National Park is a veritable hiking paradise, whether you’re after a short afternoon stroll or a challenging all-day adventure.

In fact, it’s far too easy to lose hours moseying from one spectacular boardwalk to the next, tracing the curves of this pristine bushland, clambering up to jaw-dropping viewpoints and wandering between ancient forests and blushing meadows where Australian fauna are abundant and every landscape like a scene from Middle Earth.

Greeted by gloomy skies and light rain we stuck to the lower trails, weaving our way around the Dove Lake Circuit, taking in the views from Marion’s Lookout and snapping pictures of the adorable wombats at Ronny’s Creek before following the beautiful boardwalk past Snake Hill all the way to the Visitor’s Centre with a short detour to see Pencil Pine Falls.

Between the bushes blanketed in tiny white wattle flowers, the golden fields of buttongrass and the spindly grey forests, it was a full and wonderful day of hiking through the wilderness, closed off with a well deserved evening G&T in our cosy cabin.

Marion's Lookout. Cradle Mountain Walks. Cradle Mountain Hikes. Cradle Mountain National Park. Tasmania. Australia

By the second day, the weather had deteriorated even further with low slung cloud, persistent rain and little visibility of the stunning views on offer. Still, we set off to explore, tackling Hanson’s Peak, the Face Track which runs beneath Cradle Mountain Summit, the Horse Track and back down to Ronny’s Peak.

We had hoped to attempt the summit on this day but with the final stretch consisting of an intense rocky scramble with sheer dropoffs, heavy rain and zero visibility was hardly the best conditions for it. If you’re lucky enough to get a clear weather window, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the higher trails that offer up stunning views over the lakes and peaks while you can.

By the afternoon the weather had cleared casting brilliant glimmering gold across the landscapes and so we set off for one final hike, the Dove Canyon walk. While still beautiful, it wasn’t quite as impressive or well-maintained as the other trails.


After two fantastic days in Cradle Mountain National Park marred by some truly dreary weather, the final morning brought clear skies and a radiant sunrise over Dove Lake that was well worth the early wake up.

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Onward to Launceston, there’s not all that much to see en route, though if you happened to miss Christmas Hill on your way up, this is a perfect time to rectify the situation.

Feeling decidedly lazy after a few jam-packed days of hiking, we whiled away the afternoon at Cataract Gorge just outside of town, lounging on the grass and paddling about the lake. It’s a popular hangout spot with a constant rotation of people between the public barbecues and plenty of short walking trails to better explore the area on foot.

Where To Stay In Launceston

Launceston has much more of a small-town feel than Hobart with plenty of accommodation options to be found in the centre.

Check rates and availability for Launceston here.

Tamar Valley first landed on my radar a few years ago when I bought a tub of their yoghurt from a supermarket in Sydney and after one delectably creamy scoop was convinced it was the best I’d ever tasted.

Stretching north from Launceston towards the coast, the lush banks of the Tamar River play host to some of Tasmania’s most fertile farmlands, but today we would be focussing on just one of its famous products – the wine.

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A short stroll through the Tamar Island Wetlands and a morning tea break at Brady’s Lookout to admire the sweeping valley views and it was time for our first wine stop of the day at Goaty Hill Wines . With an absolutely beautiful setting beneath the trees, a friendly bunch of staff and a very generous and affordable tasting menu, this is one the best (and not at all pretentious) wineries to visit in the area. The wine is absolutely delicious as well so you’ll be clamouring to buy a bottle or two following your visit.

With the day seriously getting away from us by this point, we cast off the wine-induced afternoon stupour and made a beeline for the windswept Low Head Lighthouse in the hopes of laying eyes on the resident penguins before squeezing in just one more wine tasting at Pipers Brook with its sweeping vineyards and rolling hills before returning to the city.

With a day full of wine behind us, it was time to switch things up with a visit to the very low-key Red Brick Road Ciderhouse which serves up paddles of five cider samplers and allows BYO snacks, before wandering over to Alchemy Bar for a final dinner in Tasmania.

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Get To Tasmania

You can fly direct to Tasmania from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, landing in either Launceston or Hobart. If you’re flexible with your dates and planning well ahead, keep an eye out for sale fares on Australia’s low-cost carriers which regularly have deals for less than $50 each way.

Search flight deals for Tasmania here.

Otherwise, as I recently discovered, it’s also possible to take the Spirit Of Tasmania Ferry between Melbourne and Devonport. Crossings are not particularly cheap, but if you’re travelling with a vehicle that will act as both transport and accommodation during your visit and you’ll be staying in Tasmania for a few weeks, this may be the more economical option.

Compare ferry prices here and here .

Prices for car rental in Tasmania can vary wildly so be sure to check out a few operators to find the best deal. I usually do an initial price comparison on rentalcars.com before going directly through the car rental operator, however, for Tasmania we managed to find a car for around half the price on the annoyingly similarly named carrentals.com  and so decided to book directly through that platform instead.

As I understand it, they book their cars in bulk before allocating them to customers which leads to prices being significantly cheaper. In the end, we booked with Europcar through this platform and then bought additional car insurance directly with Europcar on arrival.

Compare prices through rentalcars.com and carrentals.com .

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Accommodation in Tasmania

Tasmania has some truly beautiful places to stay, though in many areas, especially around the national parks, options can be fairly limited. In fact, in our actual itinerary, we were forced to make a beeline up to Cradle Mountain from Freycinet and then return to Hobart later on as these were the only days that we managed to find the accommodation we wanted in the national park and had to rearrange our plans accordingly.

Given how limited accommodation is in some parts of the state, it’s definitely a good idea to lock your accommodation in well in advance, especially if you’re travelling in peak season.

Start searching for your Tasmania accommodation here.

Any good road trip needs a good soundtrack and after quickly tiring of the radio we chose an audiobook to listen to for the rest of the trip.

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What a lovely post on Tasmania! You have inspired me to add this destination to my travel photography bucket list! Great photos by the way. You have some wonderful techniques! 🙂

Thanks Hillary! It’s one of my favourite parts of Australia 🙂

I love the lavender farm and all of Tasmania’s national parks! Lovely photos! So many great spots to visit in 10 days. This will definitely come in handy. Thanks!

Thanks Sharon! Hope you have a wonderful trip 🙂

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Planning on traveling for the Fourth of July holiday? Here’s how to avoid the rush


FILE - Motorists head southbound in the local and express lanes on Interstates 90-94 in slow and thickening traffic as a CTA train enters a station on the first day of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, July 1, 2022, in Chicago. Millions of Americans are preparing to get out of town sometime in the coming Fourth of July holiday week, which will likely mean busy roads as well as packed airports and train stations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and the travel rush is already heating up.

Millions of Americans are preparing to get out of town sometime in the coming holiday week. That will likely mean busy roads, as well as packed airports and train stations.

Motor club AAA projects that some 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more from their homes over a nine-day Independence Day travel period — surpassing pre-pandemic numbers for the U.S. holiday. And the Transportation Security Administration expects to screen over 32 million individuals in airports from this Thursday through July 8, up 5.4% from last year’s numbers.

Are you traveling for the Fourth? Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.

When is the best time to hit the road for July Fourth?

Smooth sailing for travel around any holiday is never a given. But avoiding the most hectic times, when others are rushing out of town, is a good way to start.

If you’re traveling by car for the Fourth of July, it’s best to hit the road in the morning, according to transportation data and insights provider INRIX. Peak traffic congestion varies by location, INRIX data published by AAA shows, but the worst times to drive on, or leading up to, the holiday are generally between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Either way, be prepared for the roads to be jammed.


“Road trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal,” Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, said in a prepared statement.

July Fourth falls on a Thursday this year, and many travelers will likely take Friday July 5th off to extend their trip into a four-day weekend. Drivers in large metro areas can expect the biggest delays on Wednesday July 3 and Sunday July 7 — as travelers leave and return to town, Pishue added.

And if you’re renting a car ahead of July Fourth, the busiest pickup days will be Friday, Saturday and Wednesday before the holiday, AAA notes.

When will airports be busiest?

Airports will also likely be packed all week long — but the TSA expects most people will take to the skies on Friday.

It anticipates that it will screen more than 3 million individuals Friday. That would surpass the agency’s current record for most people screened on a single day, which reached just under 3 million last Sunday.

“We expect this summer to be our busiest ever,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said, adding that travel typical peaks around Independence Day.

Last year, the busiest day for Fourth of July air travel was also the Friday ahead of the holiday, TSA data shows. If past trends hold, travel will likely be higher on the days before and after the Fourth — particularly closer to the weekend. In 2023, for example, more than 2 million people were screened on the Fourth, which landed on a Tuesday last year, down from 2.88 million the Friday before.

What should I do if my flight is delayed or canceled?

Flights can be delayed or canceled for an array of reasons — from plane-specific mechanical problems to major storms impacting popular travel paths.

If your flight is canceled, airlines are required to provide refunds for customers, even if the cancellation is due to weather . Delays are trickier, because they typically have to meet certain criteria for relief, such as refunds or compensation — but carriers will often give customers to chance to switch to alternative flights, if available, at no cost.

In April, the Biden administration issued final rules that include requiring airlines to provide automatic cash refunds within a few days for canceled flights and “significant” delays. Those rules are set to take effect over the next two years, but the Department of Transportation has a site that lets consumers see the commitments each airline has made for refunds and covering other expenses when flights are canceled or significantly delayed.

Always check your itinerary before leaving home

It’s better to be stuck at home than locked in hourslong traffic or stranded in an airport terminal. Before heading out the door this holiday week, do yourself a favor and check the status of your travel plans.

Was your flight, train or bus ride delayed? Are there are traffic incidents set to disrupt your drive? And what about the weather? A quick look through your itinerary — such as trip updates on a carrier’s website — checking weather forecasts and monitoring traffic safety through services like the 511 hotline or your phone’s navigation apps can go a long way toward avoiding travel misery.

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

— Leave early: There are more people everywhere during a holiday week, so lines will be longer and roads will be busier. Give yourself more time to get to your destination or to make your way through airport security.

— Keep an eye on the weather — and not just for your destination: Look at the weather for your entire travel path. Even if it’s sunny skies both at home and the place you’re headed, it’s important to keep an eye out for any storms in between. You may need to do some rerouting.

— Be kind: A trip delay or cancellation can be really frustrating — but if you’re running into disruptions, chances are others are too. Customer service agents have a lot on their plate at this time of year, and it’s important to be patient and respectful as they try to help you.

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tasmania road trip itinerary in 6 days

10-Day California National Park Road Trip Itinerary

  • California is home to a variety of national parks, including 9 official national parks and a total of 28 national park units.
  • A 10-day road trip through California is a great way to explore the highlights of the state, with stops at Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Pinnacles, Muir Woods, and Point Reyes.
  • Each national park offers unique activities and experiences, from hiking and scenic drives to stargazing and exploring ghost towns. Visitors can also enjoy the diverse landscapes of California, from deserts and mountains to the coast.

California is a huge state with a variety of unique landscapes and vibrant cities. There are a number of scenic road trips to take through California , highlighting the coastline, the mountains, and everything in between.

Road trip travelers particularly enjoy visiting California’s national parks, which often mean two different things. When visitors think of national parks, they often jump to the 63 national parks throughout the US , 9 of which are in California. However, the National Park Service actually refers to all the protected areas managed by the NPS as national parks. With this in mind, there are actually 428 national park units in the US , including national monuments, national battlefields, national scenic byways, and national seashores. 28 of these national parks are in the scenic state of California.

While a 10-day national park road trip through California isn’t enough time to see all 28 national park units, or even the 9 national parks in California, it is plenty of time to explore the highlights of this great state. This 10-day California National Park road trip winds through deserts, mountains, and scenic beaches, highlighting many of the most famous landscapes in California. By focusing on the southern and central parts of the state, driving time (which can quickly get out of control in California) is mitigated, leaving more time for scenic stops along the drive.

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Day 1: Los Angeles To Joshua Tree National Park

Driving distance: 131 miles, time to drive: ~2.25 hours.

Los Angeles is one of the easiest starting points for a California road trip, with several international airports and direct access to the first California National Park road trip stop. The first day of the trip allows plenty of time to arrive in the Golden State before heading to Joshua Tree National Park, which is just over two hours away.

Joshua Tree National Park is a true can’t-miss road trip stop. Even those with just an hour or two can enjoy one of the short, easy hikes in Joshua Tree National Park . With so much scenery so close to the roads, Joshua Tree is the perfect first stop on what is sure to be a busy road trip.

About Joshua Tree National Park

  • Park Hours: 24/7
  • Entrance Fee: $30/vehicle
  • Popular Things to Do at Joshua Tree National Park (Day 1): Scenic Drives, Stargazing, Easy Hiking Trails, Scenic Overlooks

Day 2: Joshua Tree National Park

Since the first day of the road trip can often be slowed down by flights, check-ins, and car rentals, the scenic part of the adventure may have to wait for day two. Thankfully, whether this is the first or second day exploring Joshua Tree National Park, travelers will have plenty to take in.

In addition to being one of the most scenic places in California, Joshua Tree National Park has a variety of activities to enjoy beyond hiking. Soaking in hot springs and stargazing are popular pastimes in this desert landscape.

Just 20 miles north of the park itself is a truly out-of-this-world experience. The Integratron is an upscale sound bath experience with an extraterrestrial past. Originally built to communicate with aliens, today, guests at the Integratron can enjoy a soothing sensory experience in the heart of the desert. Book well in advance; this place sells out quickly.

  • Popular Things to Do at Joshua Tree National Park (Day 2): Hiking, Scenic Drives, Integratron Sound Bath, Stargazing, Hot Springs
  • Integratron Fees: Shared Sound Bath from $55/person

The drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park is about four hours. Those following this itinerary may want to drive to Death Valley National Park on the evening of day two in order to make the most of their day in Death Valley itself.

Day 3: Death Valley National Park

Driving distance: 228 miles, time to drive: ~4 hours.

Death Valley National Park may not have the most inviting name, but there is still something magical about visiting one of the hottest places on the planet . The second destination on a California National Park road trip, Death Valley, straddles the California/Nevada border.

In addition to the unique arid landscape, Death Valley National Park is home to several of the best hikes that lead to ghost towns in the US . With nine different ghost towns in Death Valley National Park , all preserved in the dry air, one could easily fill a day simply exploring the past.

About Death Valley National Park

  • Popular Things to Do at Death Valley National Park: Hiking, Biking, Off-roading, Ghost Town Visits, Scenic Drives

Death Valley National Park’s roads were heavily damaged by Hurricane Hilary in August 2023 . As of December 2023, the park is open to visitors, but many of the roads remain closed for repairs. Check the map on the NPS Death Valley National Park website for current road conditions and closures.

Day 4: Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

Driving distance: 302 miles, time to drive: ~5.5 hours.

With two national parks comes twice as much fun. The first day in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks involved driving there from Death Valley. Despite how close they look on the map, the roads necessitate a fairly big loop to get from the desert to the forests. As a result, approximately five and a half hours of this day of the California National Park road trip will be spent en route.

Thankfully, both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are worth the effort. Home to the biggest tree in the world, the famous General Sherman (in Sequoia National Park) , these parks are filled with literal giants. After spending the first three days of this road trip in some of the driest parts of California, a couple of days among the giant sequoias is the perfect change of pace.

About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

  • Park Hours: 24/7 (both parks)
  • Entrance Fee: $35/vehicle (covers both parks)
  • Popular Things to Do at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Hiking, Ranger-led Activities, Scenic Walks, General Sherman Viewing, General Grant Viewing

While Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are listed separately, their proximity means that they are easily visited together. Additionally, the $35 entrance fee covers admission to both parks for up to seven consecutive days.

Day 5: Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

While driving is indeed a key part of an epic California National Park road trip, every good vacation needs a couple of days that move a little slower. Having done the drive the day before, day five of this trip is all about truly enjoying the forest.

There are plenty of things to do at both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks , including hiking, biking, taking a guided tour, or hopping back in the car for a scenic drive. Despite being located near the Sierra Nevadas, both parks are fairly mild in their climate, making them an ideal stop, even for a winter road trip through California.

While it comes second to General Sherman, the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park is just as magnificent to look at and frequently less crowded than its slightly bigger brother in Sequoia National Park.

Day 6: Yosemite National Park

Driving distance: 111 miles, time to drive: ~2.5 hours.

A California National Park road trip would not be complete without a couple days in California’s most visited national park. Yosemite National Park is a true spectacle, with towering pines, clear mountain lakes and rivers, and some of the most unusual granite formations in the world.

It takes just over two hours to get from Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, leaving plenty of time to enjoy both scheduled days in this spectacular destination. The first day may be perfect for hiking the smaller trails or chasing some of the best waterfalls in Yosemite National Park . As this is a road trip, the scenic drives in Yosemite National Park are another perfect way to spend a day here.

About Yosemite National Park

  • Entrance Fee: $35/vehicle
  • Popular Things to Do at Yosemite National Park (Day 1): Short Hikes, Scenic Viewing, Waterfall Hikes, Scenic Drives

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Day 7: Yosemite National Park

Two days may feel like a long time to spend in one place on a short 10-day California National Park road trip, but a quick look around Yosemite National Park proves this place needs the extra time.

The second day in Yosemite National Park is the perfect time to schedule activities that require more advance planning. The Half Dome hikes, for instance, are one of the best hikes in the US and require a permit to complete. Additionally, those road tripping in February can make a reservation to see Yosemite’s famous Firefall .

Even those not interested in these scheduled activities can find plenty to do in and around Yosemite National Park. As part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, there are a number of amazing caves to explore near Yosemite National Park . The day’s adventures complete, guests can bundle up in one of the cabins or lodges inside the park grounds (or simply set up a tent!) before starting the final sprint of the California road trip.

  • Popular Things to Do at Yosemite National Park (Day 2): Half Dome Hike, Firefall Drive or Hike, Cave Exploration, Ranger Programs, Scenic Drives, Hiking

Day 8: Pinnacles National Park

Driving distance: 173 miles, time to drive: ~3.5 hours.

If Yosemite National Park is the most visited national park in California, Pinnacles National Park may be one of the least visited. Pinnacles National Park is located near the coast of Central California, just three and a half hours from Yosemite.

Here, road trip travelers can marvel at the unique pinnacle rock formations as they hike, bike, and drive through the park. Those watching carefully may also notice some important feathered companions among the rocks. The California Condor, once effectively extinct in the wild, has made a major comeback, largely thanks to the sustainability efforts of US national parks like Pinnacles.

Today, Pinnacles National Park is one of the most important nesting grounds for this endangered bird, proving that this underrated destination deserves a day on the California national park road trip.

About Pinnacles National Park

  • Park Hours: 24/7 (East Gate Only)
  • Popular Things to Do at Pinnacles National Park: Hiking, Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing

Due to the fragile nature of the California Condor population, some parts of Pinnacles National Park are closed seasonally to protect nesting grounds. Always follow local signage to help protect these vulnerable animals.

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Day 9: Muir Woods National Monument

Driving distance: 146 miles, time to drive: ~3 hours.

Along the coast near San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument is a serene coastal forest that serves as both an area of protection and research. With only ten days on this California national park road trip, going all the way north to Redwood National and State Parks may be unrealistic, so spending a day in Muir Woods National Monument, which also protects large groves of old-growth coastal redwoods, is a scenic alternative.

Muir Woods is particularly special thanks to its huge variety of hiking trails , ready for visitors of all ability levels. Located just fifteen minutes from San Francisco, one of the must-see stops on a cross-country road trip , travelers can easily spend their second-to-last day in both the wilderness and the big city.

About Muir Woods National Monument

  • Park Hours: 8 am - Sunset
  • Entrance Fee: $15/person
  • Popular Things to Do at Muir Woods National Monument: Hiking, Scenic Drives, Wildlife Watching, Trip to San Francisco

Day 10: Point Reyes National Seashore

Driving distance: 23 miles, time to drive: ~1 hour.

This 10-day California National Park road trip starts in the middle of the desert and ends surrounded by the ocean, a true testament to the huge range of natural landscapes in California.

Point Reyes National Seashore offers some truly picturesque views for the end of the road trip.

Located just an hour from Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco, Point Reyes has both classic sandy beaches to lounge on and crashing rocky shores to hike above. In fact, visitors can easily hike in Point Reyes National Seashore , which features 47 hiking trails, ranging from very easy to hard, so that everyone can explore the California coast in all its glory.

Whether enjoying a full day on the beach or catching one of the many Point Reyes National Seashore park programs , this national park road trip promises to end just as dramatically as it began.

About Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Park Hours: 6am - 12am
  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Camping Fee: $30/night (1-6 people)
  • Popular Things to Do at Point Reyes National Seashore: Hiking, Ranger Walks, Visit Point Reyes Lighthouse , Scenic Drives

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