The best of the Apple Isle: a Tasmanian driving itinerary!
The wild landscapes, the unrivalled food, the glorious mountains, the world-class wine… there is so much to discover on Australia’s Apple Isle that a quick in-and-out visit simply isn’t enough! So, we recommend driving your rig down and staying awhile for this action and beauty-packed itinerary that will reveal all of Tasmania’s best bits… and then some!
First stop off the Devonport ferry is the glorious Cradle Mountain region, a short 90-minute drive to the southwest. Here, the rugged, unspoiled scenery can be taken in best when traversing by foot around pristine Dove Lake. Marvel at the soaring cliffs, fairytale Ballroom Forest, and weathered Boatshed along the way. Remember to pay your park access fee before you go!
Back in your car and it’s time to unplug. Beeline to Tassie’s western coast and the tiny fishing village of Strahan, around 150km from Dove Lake. Here you’ll find the charming Lettes Bay-side bolthole, Captain’s Rest… and little else, save for a decent coffee shop and handy grocery store. Like the name suggests, this remote and picturesque stay will give you a delightful moment of pause amid the frenetic bustle of life. And… breathe!
Feeling rested and restored, it’s time to restart that engine. Set your nav east and begin your cross-state jaunt, stopping at World Heritage-listed Lake St Claire for a hike and nature appreciation moment along the way. Or, if time permits, an overnight stay at the lovely, myrtle forest-enveloped Pumphouse Point is not an evening wasted! There are electric bikes and row boats for wilderness exploring, and in-room honesty bars for cheeky pouring.
Onwards to the Big Smoke. Stop on the way at pretty Russell Falls for that all-important photo op, then it’s full steam ahead to state capital Hobart, where a myriad of delightful diversions await. Don’t miss what is arguably Australia’s most boundary-pushing museum experience, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Here you’ll find macabre and mind-bending ancient, modern, and contemporary art from founder David Walsh’s $110 million private collection, as well as rotating exhibitions, quirky architecture, an adjoining winery, and bi-annual festivals.
While you’re in town, be sure to drive or hike up Mount Wellington for a stunning (albeit windy) city-wide vista, visit bustling Salamanca Market, and take a day trip to the historic and poignant Port Arthur site, about 90 minutes out of town.
Northwards! The breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula and National Park are absolute must-sees for anyone spending time in Tassie. The state’s most famous (and photogenic!) beach, Wineglass Bay, can be found here, along with pink granite peaks, lush bushland, the Cape Tourville lighthouse, and the dreamiest of stays, Saffire Freycinet, with a wine and culinary program that has won consistent acclaim.
Last stop, Launceston. This delightful heritage town, and UNESCO “City of Gastronomy” has it all: The Cataract Gorge Reserve, James Boag Brewery, Tamar Valley Vineyards, and—naturally—incredible food at every turn. Don’t miss Stillwater, Burger Junkie, and Charlie’s Dessert House to name but a few.
Finally, waddle your way back to Devonport full of experience, gratitude, and Charlie’s to-die-for choccy fondue for two. Phew!