How to do a Tasmanian Road Trip (the ultimate guide)

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Ahhhh Tassie. The world’s cleanest air, fresh produce straight from the farm, effortless landscapes…

tasmania Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania

The scenery is diverse yet also distinctly unique to the apple isle, with some of the most pristine beaches on the East Coast, through to the rugged Midlands and the village coastal life on the North West Coast. Strahan, Tasmania’s most celebrated town on the West coast, is a common favourite among travellers. While the underdog in the North, Launceston, boasts a national park in the centre of town. And that’s just the start of what you’ll uncover down in underrated Tasmania.

In fact there is so much to see in the realm of ‘must not be missed’ sights and attractions, that a 7 day itinerary should be your absolute minimum. With everything so spaced apart (expect a 2-3 hour drive between major cities), your best bet is a Tasmanian Road Trip.

This is easier than you think with the Spirit of Tasmania departing twice daily in each direction from the ‘mainland’ of Australia. The Ferry will take you (and your vehicle) across on the 7 hour journey from as low as $59 per person. And from there, paradise can be explored…

The Ultimate Tasmanian Road Trip (7 day itinerary)


Day 1 – Arrive in Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania

The Spirit of Tasmania will dockΒ in Devonport in the early hours of the morning, ready for you to begin your Tasmanian Road Trip.

Drive along the Northwest Coast until you reach Stanley (1.5 hours non-stop from Devonport).

Overnight: If you’re looking to splurge on a little luxury, check-in to @VDL. Super stylish.

Day 2 – Stanley to Cradle Mountain

Today’s road trip journey will take you through to Cradle Mountain. Try to start and arrive early, there are plenty of walks inside the Cradle Mountain National Park.

Overnight: Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Day 3 – Cradle Mountain to Strahan

After a hearty breakfast to refuel, head west to Strahan.

Spend the afternoon exploring Strahan, one of Tasmania’s most celebrated towns.

Overnight: There are many great accommodations on offer in Strahan – be sure to book in advance if travelling in the summer.

Day 4 – Strahan to Hobart

Today you will cross through the rugged Tasmanian terrain as you head from the West over to the South to visit Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. A great stop along the way is Russell Falls, but there are many other opportunities to stop and enjoy the Tasmanian wilderness.

The Salamanca Markets on a Saturday are a must visit, as well as MONA Art Museum.

Seafood is the local specialty, so be sure to indulge at one of the many restaurants in Salamanca.

Overnight: The Henry Jones Art Hotel is uber luxurious.

Day 5 – Hobart to Freycinet National Park

Rise early for the best encounter of one of Tasmania’s most photographed icons – Wineglass Bay. Walk through Freycinet National Park to the Wineglass Bay lookout point and if you’re feeling active, walk the extra route to the bay itself.

Overnight: For a dabble of luxury, stay overnight at the stunning Saphire Lodge – one of Australia’s premiere lodges.

Day 6 – Launceston and Tamar Valley

Be sure to head straight for the cataract gorge, Launceston’s National Park located smack bang in the middle of town. Here you can cross a suspension bridge, take a journey on a chairlift, spot peacocks up close, and walk in some truly breathtaking surrounds.

In the evening, make your way to one of Launceston’s 10 best restaurants.

If you’re around on a Saturday, make your way to the Evandale Markets in the morning – just 15 minutes drive from Launceston. Afterwards spend your afternoon at leisure visiting the semi-rural towns of Evandale and Longford, and make a stop at popular estates such as Woolmers and Brickendon for a look into Tasmanian history and heritage.

Be sure to spend today visiting nearby wineries in the Tamar Valley Wine Region. A hidden gem located just 10 minutes from Launceston in Relbia is Josef Chromy’s Vineyard – perfect for late afternoon wine tasting and cheese.

Overnight: A comfortable stay can be had at Elphin Villas in the East of town or for a dabble in luxury, head to The Charles Hotel.

Day 7 – Leisurely return to Devonport to catch the Spirit of Tasmania

Stop off at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for morning tea and if you’re still peckish, stop by Anvers Chocolate Factory a little further along the way (really, really, really good chocolate – if you’re not hungry I suggest stocking up on snacks for later).


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    Rekha Chauhan
    February 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    great post……..

    Rekha Chauhan
    December 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    its nice

    June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Great guide! I’ve never thought of roadtripping tasmania, now I do πŸ™‚ xoxo

    May 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Great post! Thank you for the perfect Itenirary! Wow, Tasmania looks breathtaking! I would love love love to visit it! Definitely going on my Bucketlist :)x

    May 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Definitely on my to-do list while I’m in Australia!