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Itineraries for an epic Tasmanian road trip

Itineraries for an epic Tasmanian road trip

I spent 22 years of my life 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.

On the most recent visit to 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 epic Tasmanian road trip itineraries with you!


General travel tips for Tasmania:

  • The easiest way to get there is to fly into Hobart and rent a car from the airport. You can also fly into Launceston, or take your own car across to Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania.
  • The best travel time is October – March. Expect large crowds around Christmas and New Year during the Taste of Tasmania festival and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
  • Winter gets cold and wet but you can expect this weather any time of year, so be prepared for all weather conditions. Yes, I have experienced snow in February before!
  • Get a national parks pass. This will save you a lot of hassle buying a day pass at each park, and will be cheaper than buying separate passes. You can buy them online through Parks & Wildlife.

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Spectacular scenery on Bruny Island

HOW LONG WILL YOU NEED?

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 just not possible. 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.

For this reason the following recommended itineraries are 7, 10, and 14 nights. I’ve also limited driving time to less than 3 hours per day. If you do this trip any faster you won’t get a chance to step out smell that fresh Tasmanian air! (Confession: Every time I step off the plane in Hobart I take an alarmingly large breath of this air. There really is nothing else like it.)

Great spots to stop

These places are great for stopping for a day or an overnight stay. Many of these places can be seen in a day trips from Hobart or Launceston – the links will take you to some day tour options.


Recommended itineraries

Tasmanian Road Trip Map, 7 days

7 nights – Hobart to Launceston

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

Tasmanian Road Trip Map, 10 days

10 nights – Hobart to Hobart

  • 2 nights in Hobart
  • 1 night in Port Arthur or Tasman Peninsula
  • 2 nights in Coles Bay or Bicheno
  • 1 night in Launceston
  • 1 night in Cradle Mountain
  • 2 nights in Strahan
  • 1 night along the way back to Hobart

Tasmanian Road Trip Map, 14 days

14 nights – Hobart to Hobart

  • 3 nights in Hobart
  • 1 night in Port Arthur or Tasman Peninsula
  • 2 nights in Coles Bay or Bicheno
  • 1 night in St Helens or Bay of Fires
  • 1 night in Launceston
  • 1 night in Stanley or North West Coast
  • 2 nights in Cradle Mountain
  • 2 nights in Strahan
  • 1 night along the way back to Hobart

Guided tour options

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


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14 Responses to “Itineraries for an epic Tasmanian road trip”

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      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 🙂

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  1. JP

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

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

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

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  2. Chalsie

    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

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      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 🙂

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  3. Sanji

    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

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      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 😀

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  4. Loke

    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.

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      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!

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  5. Cfamily

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

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  6. Cris Santos

    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?

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      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 🙂

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