Explore Tasmania from top to bottom with our 9-day road trip from Launceston to Hobart via the rugged west coast. You’ll be treated to scenic drives throughout, passing towering peaks and skirting shimmering lakes. Visit Cradle Mountain and spot native wallabies, wombats, possums and even the Tasmanian Devil. Discover Macquarie Harbour for a glimpse into Australia’s convict history, cruise the Gordon River and pack in some gentle hikes before making your way to Hobart where you’ll stay in a waterfront hotel with plenty of time to explore.
This Australia road trip can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream Tasmania itinerary, as well as multi-stop flights to Australia.
Arrive in Launceston and collect your rental car. You can choose from either of the following itineraries:
Drive north and stay on the banks of the River Tamar in stunning surrounds. Visit the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania’ at Narawntapu National Park and the historic gold mining town of Beaconsfield
Head west to an eco B&B run by an accomplished chef and ecologist. Staying at the edge of the World Heritage Wilderness you can take a guided rainforest walk and enjoy a gourmet dinner.
Your drive today will take you through breath-taking scenery as you head into the bush for a two night stop. Enjoy walks spotting wallabies, wombats and possums and visit a nearby wildlife sanctuary to see the native Tasmanian Devil.
Heading deeper into the Wilderness World Heritage area of Tasmania’s rugged west coast, today you’ll drive to Strahan, which is nestled on the shores of the enormous Macquarie Harbour. This area is steeped in convict history with a dark and fascinating past relating to the prisoners housed here.
Take a twilight cruise to Bonnet Island to see the fairy penguins returning from their fishing expeditions in the Southern Ocean.
Cruise the Gordon River through the towering rainforest, or take a day trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway which crosses huge ravines and climbs steep mountains.
In the evening catch, Australia’s longest running play - The Ship That Never Was. It's a dark but hilarious account of the mutiny and hardship suffered by Australians and audience participation is likely!
Today your drive will wind through Queenstown to the Highlands past beautiful lakes and mountains. Stop for gentle hikes or perhaps a ferry ride on the waters of Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. The scenery here is just stunning.
Your final drive brings you into the state capital of Hobart today. It’s an arty city, nestled under Mt Wellington and overlooking a pretty harbour. On the journey in there are plenty of places to stop and take a walk or enjoy waterfalls and nature.
Your waterfront accommodation offers you the perfect position to enjoy local cuisine in a beautiful setting. If you're in Hobart on a Saturday, you'll also be able to enjoy the famous Salamanca market, which showcases local arts, crafts and produce.
Return your rental car to the airport before continuing to the next leg of your trip.
The seasons are distinct in Tasmania;
While Hobart is Australia’s second driest capital, the west coast is home to lush rainforests and sees plenty of rainfall.
8 nights in charming, locally owned B&Bs and 3-4* hotels