The ultimate Tassie road trip

The pristine coastline, World Heritage forests and rivers, fresh produce and friendly locals make a road trip through Tasmania memorable.

It’s not easy to define the ultimate Tassie road trip. Suffice to say even if you spend a couple of weeks touring the island, you’ll wish you had more time to continue exploring.

Here’s one option for a seven-day itinerary that will open your eyes to the wonders of Tasmania — you just have to drive to Melbourne first. If art is your passion, here’s a cultural road trip to remember.

Day 1 – Arrive in Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania

Dock in Devonport in the early hours of the morning, ready to start your Tasmanian road trip. Drive along the Northwest Coast until you reach Stanley (1.5 hours non-stop from Devonport). This remote town sits on what feels like the edge of the world and is full of history, nature and adventure.

Day 2 – Stanley to Cradle Mountain

Today’s road trip journey will take you through to Cradle Mountain. Try to arrive early as there are plenty of walks inside the Cradle Mountain National Park. Stay at the Cradle Mountain Lodge. The more adventurous spend a few days hiking the mountain.

Day 3 – Cradle Mountain to Strahan

Enjoy a big country breakfast before heading west to Strahan. Spend the afternoon exploring Strahan, one of Tasmania’s most-celebrated towns. It is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie’s wild west.

Nearby in Macquarie Harbour is Sarah Island, once a notorious convict prison and a powerful reminder of the brutal treatment of Tasmania’s convicts. Explore the shops selling artisan wares and eateries serving up delicious local produce.

Day 4 – Strahan to Hobart

Cross through the rugged Tasmanian terrain 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 in Hobart 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.

Day 5 – Hobart to Freycinet National Park

Freycinet is home to one of Tasmania’s most photographed icons – Wineglass Bay. Walk through Freycinet National Park to the Wineglass Bay lookout point, or if you’re up for a half-day hike, walk the extra route to the bay itself. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the remote beach and pristine coastline. There’s a range of local accommodation from camping to five-star luxury resorts.

If you can, make time visit the local wineries for a tasting and to stock up on a bottle or two.

Day 6 – Launceston and Tamar Valley

A leisurely, two-hour drive leads to Launceston. You can go direct to Cataract Gorge, located fifteen minutes walk from the middle of town. Here you can cross a suspension bridge, catch a chairlift, spot peacocks up close and walk through some truly breathtaking surrounds.

If you’re in town on a Saturday, make your way to the Evandale Markets in the morning. Then spend your afternoon visiting the semi-rural towns of Evandale and Longford.

Check out Woolmers and Brickendon estates for a look at Tasmania’s history and heritage. Be sure to spend time visiting nearby wineries in the Tamar Valley Wine Region.

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

Depart for Davenport and stop at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for morning tea. If you have a sweet tooth, drop into Anvers Chocolate Factory a little further along the way.

Interested in a trip to Tasmania? Call RACQ on 1300 096 166 to book your Tasmanian holiday before 31 October and as a special bonus receive a car hire upgrade and a $100 credit towards tours and attractions. For more information on the available packages visit the RACQ website.