PERFECT TASMANIAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY
June 17, 2021
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Australia’s Island State, Tasmania is like no other. The exotic wildlife, picturesque landscapes, historic structures; the perfect correlation between modern art and historic past within such a small area is what makes it so peculiar; making Tasmania perfect for road trips. The beauty here, it really is untouched and waiting to be known. So, go onto this adventure with high expectations because they are going to be filled in no time.

 

Here’s a 9 day itinerary for your road trip around Tasmania but you can change it based on your preference.

 

Day 1 

 

Must Visit  : Salamanca Markets 

                    Battery Point 

                    MONA the Museum of Old and New Art

                    Mount Wellington

 

When you reach the capital; Hobart, you will be mesmerized by its beauty instantly. You can check in your hotels, freshen up and leave for a stroll around the city. The Salamanca market, within a walking distance, is famous for its fresh produce, live music, artistic goods and an amazing range of goods to take food. There are taxi, buses available everywhere but you have an option of renting vehicles as well. You can visit the Battery Point, MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) for the proper Hobart experience. The stunning view over Tasmania’s capital from Mount Wellington at night, is truly one of a kind. 

 

Hobart. Photo: pixabay/Peter Robinson

 

Day 2

 

Must Visit  : Eaglehawk Neck

                   Tasman National Park

                   Cape Hauy

                   Cape Raoul

                   Port Arthur

 

Leave early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise along with geological attractions at Eaglehawk Neck, just an hour distance from Hobart. Continue your drive to Tasman National Park for awe-striking sceneries and the famous Tasman Arch where you can try rock climbing and abseiling. You can hike up to Cape Hauy and Cape Raoul if you have enough time. The next stop is the infamous Port Arthur, a former convict confinement area. This world heritage property, famous for its stunning architecture and representation of Australia’s colonial history, surrounded by Carnarvan bay is a must visit. If you are a horror enthusiast you can stay for a 90 min night time ghost tour. There are many hotels near the Port so the accommodation is not an issue.

 

Port Arthur. Photo: pixabay/Peter Robinson

 

Day 3

 

Must Visit  : Richmond Village 

                   Freycinet National Park

                   Bay of Fires

 

Drive to Richmond village, a Georgian architectural masterpiece. You can learn about colonial history while enjoying the food, trying out different wines, visiting aesthetic cafes, galleries and museums. Then, head towards the Freycinet National Park amidst stunning coastal landscape. One of the major attractions in this place is the Wineglass Bay. The stunning crescent which separates the crystal white sand, green trees and the deep blue water is what makes this beach so peculiar and on top of that Sea kayaking, bushwalking, fishing, boating, there is no stopping. You can also visit Mount Amos, which is a challenging hike because of its steep and slippery path; nonetheless, it really is worth it. Then, head towards the Binalong Bay to see the famous Bay of Fires.

 

Wineglass Bay. Photo: unsplash/Patrick McGregor

 

Day 4 

 

Must Visit : Cataract Gorge

                   Devonport

                   Bridestowe Lavender Estate

                   Low head lighthouse

 

After driving for two and half hours you will arrive at Launceston City. Take the Cataract Gorge cruise along the banks of Tamar river, and don’t forget to look out for peacocks. Enjoy delicious gourmet lunch, go on wine tasting tours, try varieties of decade old cheeses in Tamar valley. You can visit Devonport for amazing food, exceptional water sports, museums, which is only an hour away from Launceston. Bridestowe Lavender Estate is also a good option for photo worthy lavender fields if you have enough time.Then, towards the end of the day go to the Low Head Lighthouse which is only an hour away; the perfect stop for an evening stroll to enjoy breathtaking sunset and penguins lurking all around. Return to Launceston where the accommodation is very convenient.

 

The LowHead Lighthouse. Photo: unsplash/Tim Whybroe

 

Day 5 

 

Must Visit : Mole Creek 

                   Liffey Falls

                   Walls of Jerusalem

                   Cradle Mountain

                    

Brace yourself for a tedious day. Just an hour from Launceston is Mole creek, a sanctuary for the native wildlife. Marakoopa and King Solomon's Cave will easily be the highlight on the way because of its erratic formations, reflection pools, stalagmites, sparkling crystals and the astonishing glow worms. You can visit the Liffey Falls which is a 45 minute walk near the Mole creek or the Walls of Jerusalem for stunning views with pencil pine forests, like no other. The picturesque Cradle Mountain is the next stop on our list, one of the most famous destinations in the whole of Tasmania. The famous Overland Circuit and Dove Lake circuits are some of the famous trek trails. Make sure to look out at the stunning ragged Boat shed on the shore of Dove Lake. You can stay at the beautiful cottages around Cradle mountain. 

 

Dove Lake. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit 

 

Day 6 

 

Must Visit : Strahan 

 

Strahan, a beautiful harbour on the west coast of Tasmania, two and a half hour drive away from The Cradle Mountain is a luxurious and peaceful retreat after a tiring day. A must visit when you come to Tasmania, the half day Gordon River Cruise may be the major reason why. Pretty isolated from modern civilization, it is mesmerizing and a must visit. The scenic wilderness makes it so eccentric that you want to live here forever. 

 

Gordon River. Photo: unsplash/Roselyn Cugliari

 

Day 7 

 

Must Visit : Lake St Clair 

                   Mount Field Park

 

Start your vehicle and drive an hour and half north to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Catch a ferry and go for a relaxing session of fishing and sightseeing. Then, drive further north to the Mount Field National Park. Upon arriving, hike along the 2 hour circuit where you will be mesmerized by the spectacular wildlife and diverse flora and faunas. Known for its huge Eucalyptus trees and cascading waterfalls; Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls, the scenic forests are truly worth all the hardships. If you are feeling adventurous you can opt for camping under the stars. The camping gears are easily available here.

 

 

 

                                    Horseshoe Falls. Photo: unsplash/Jeremy Manoto 

 

Day 8 

 

Must Visit : Maria Island 

 

One and half hour drive towards the north will lead you to Hobart. Upon arriving, head straight to enjoy seafood on the waterfront and piers of Hobart City. There are several art museums and extraordinary historic buildings in Hobart, so visit them while you’re there. Then, head to Maria Island which is an hour and 50 minutes away. Tasmanian devils, Wombats, Pardalotes, Wallabies, kangaroos, Cape Barren geese, you name it, Maria Island’s exquisite wildlife doesn’t disappoint. Stroll further to the breathtaking Painted cliffs, often confused as outdoor art galleries for amazing pictures. Towards the end of the day, the view of wombats all over the island, sparkling sea and green meadows together will make you reminisce about it for all your life. Head back to Hobart city for nice and reasonable hotels.

 

Maria Island. Photo: unsplash/Fidel Fernando 

 

Day 9 

Must Visit : Bruny Island

 

The journey has now come to an end; But, before that make sure to visit the Bruny Island Neck, an isthmus of land connecting south and north Bruny island in southern Tasmania offering a 390 degree view.  Hit the steps and you’ll be able to see birds flocking around, fairy penguins and short-tailed Shearwaters from boardwalks and viewing platforms.

 

 

Bruny Island Neck. Photo: unsplash/Tamara Thurman