How to Plan Your Travel Time to Visit the Best Tasmania Destinations


To help you decide on the itinerary for your trip, we have broken the Island up into six different Tasmania Destinations.

If you are arriving on the Spirit of Tasmania, you will arrive into and depart from Devonport. Devonport is in the north of the State, about three hours drive from Hobart and one hours drive from Launceston.

If you are flying into Tasmania, most flights will come into either Hobart or Launceston. Regional flights into Devonport and Wynyard (Burnie) leave from Melbourne.

Launceston & Tamar

Tasmania Destinations Launceston and Tamar Valley Vineyards
  • The scenic Tamar Valley
  • Boutique vineyards and fruit farms

 Launceston and Tamar Valley


Tasmania Destinations Cradle Mountain and Northwest Coast

  • Stanley and the far Northwest
  • Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair NP

 Cradle Mountain

 Stanley and the Northwest Coast

West & Southwest

Tasmania Destinations Strahan and the Gordon River Wilderness Cruise
  • Gordon River Wilderness Cruise
  • Fly to the Southwest Wilderness

 Strahan and West Coast

 Southwest Wilderness Tasmania

Port Arthur

Tasmania Destinations Port Arthur Historic Site
  • The REAL story behind the Convicts
  • Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site

 Port Arthur

 Tasman Peninsula

East Coast

Tasmania Destinations Freycinet and Wineglass Bay

  • Wineglass Bay and the Hazards
  • Freycinet National Park

 Freycinet and Wineglass Bay

Time, Distance and Getting Around the Tasmania Destinations

Tasmania looks very small on the world map – it is tucked right down underneath the Globe, and looks as though you could drive around it in a few hours.

Size can be deceptive, however. At about 65,000 square kilometres (25,000 square miles), Tasmania is the same size as Ireland, West Virginia or two thirds the size of Korea.

I have listed the main destinations and suggest these as environments offering different features that show the diversity of the State.

Visit a destination, and use it as a base to “hub” out and visit interesting points and locations nearby. 

Tasmania Destinations – Hobart, Bruny Island, Derwent Valley and Mt Wellington

Hobart and Battery Point.
The capital city of Tasmania, this is often the first point of entry. A very scenic city, it is the gateway to Port Arthur, The Derwent Valley, Bruny Island and the Southwest Wilderness.

Drive to the top of Mount Wellington for views out over the whole of southern Tasmania and away to the Southwest Tasmanian Wilderness.  Hobart Tours & Activities

Find out more about Hobart

Bruny Island.
Just a short drive and a ferry ride from Hobart (you can do it in about 1 1/2 hours), Bruny Island has amazing scenery, and a peaceful look at rural Tasmania.  Bruny Island Tours & Activities

Visit the Bligh Museum at Adventure Bay. Yes, the Captain Bligh of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame – he called into Adventure Bay and planted some apple trees, the descendents of which can still be seen today.  Hotels in Bruny Island

Drive to Cape Bruny on the wild southern tip of Bruny Island. Nothing between you and Antarctica except a lot of water and a few desolate islands.

Find out more about Bruny Island

The Derwent Valley and Russell Falls.
Hobart sits at the mouth of the Derwent River Estuary, and is a major port city.

The valley of the Derwent stretches several hours drive inland and offers a chance to visit some interesting rainforests, waterfalls and country towns.  Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls from Hobart

You can make a very interesting day driving from Hobart to New Norfolk and then on to Russell Falls and the Mt Field National Park.   Hotels in New Norfolk

Stay on the left bank of the Derwent River past New Norfolk to visit the Salmon Ponds for a dose of the history of Trout and Salmon fishing in Tasmania. Find out more about the Derwent Valley and Russell Falls

Mount Wellington.
When you visit Mt. Wellington, the dramatic backdrop to the city of Hobart, you are in good company.

Charles Darwin climbed the Mountain before there were roads or tracks when his ship visited Hobart in 1836.  Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart

There are some wonderful scenic walks from the car parks.

Find out more about Mount Wellington

Tasmania Destinations Derwent Valley Hopfields

Tasmania Destinations – Port Arthur, Eaglehawk Neck and the Tasman Peninsula

Port Arthur.
The most dramatic expression of the Australian Convict System is to be found at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.  Hotels in Port Arthur

Allow at least a day to fully explore this amazing Tasmanian destination.
Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

History, coastlines, wildlife, nature – it is all on the Tasman Peninsula.

Find out more about Port Arthur 

Tasmania Destinations Port Arthur Historic site

Tasmania Destinations – Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay

Freycinet National Park.
A leisurely, scenic two hour drive up the coast from Hobart or the Tasman Peninsula.

Two hours from Launceston brings you to the pink granite mountains and clear blue waters of The Hazards, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.  4-Day Tasmania East Coast Tour from Launceston: Bay of Fires, Port Arthur and Hobart

The East Coast of Tasmania has far less rainfall than the wilder, West Coast.

Wineglass Bay.
Wineglass Bay can only be accessed by boat or on foot. One of the best scenic walks in Tasmania is the climb to The Saddle overlooking Wineglass Bay.  Hotels in Freycinet Peninsula

A reasonable level of fitness is required for the one hour ascent to The Saddle, but the payoff in views is worth it. The walking track is beautifully constructed and maintained.

Find out more about Freycinet National Park

Tasmania Destinations Freycinet National Park

Tasmania Destinations – Launceston and the Tamar Valley

The City of Launceston.
Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston sits about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the ocean, at the head of the Tamar Valley Estuary. > Hotels in Launceston

Cataract Gorge is well worth a visit – it is a dramatic ravine just minutes easy walk from the city centre.

The Tamar Valley.
The fertile and scenic Tamar Valley is where Tasmania’s wine industry got its start, and also features the Platypus House, the Hillwood Strawberry Farm and the Nabowla Lavender Farm.  Hotels in Tamar Valley    Launceston Afternoon Highlights Tour

It is quite possible to while away several very pleasant days in the Tamar Valley.

Find out more about Launceston and the Tamar Valley

Tasmania Destinations Launceston and the Tamar Valley

Tasmania Destinations – Cradle Mountain and Northwest Tasmania

Cradle Mountain.
Cradle Mountain is the most iconic wilderness area in Tasmania. Be prepared for crowds, even in bad weather.  Hotels in Cradle Mountain

You can visit Cradle Mountain as a day trip from Launceston, or stay overnight in the area at one of the Cradle Mountain Hotels.  Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

Find out more about Cradle Mountain

Stanley and Northwest Tasmania.
From Cradle Mountain it is about a one and a half hour drive to the far Northwest tip of Tasmania and the interesting old whaling town of Stanley.  Hotels in Stanley

Want to appreciate how far from civilisation you can get? Step back in time and visit Stanley and the Northwest.

Find out more about Stanley and Northwest Tasmania

Tasmania Destinations Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

Tasmania Destinations – West and Southwest Wilderness Tasmania

Strahan and the West Coast – The Gordon River Wilderness Cruise.
Strahan is steeped in history. First were iron men in wooden ships who came first to a wild coast, then it is the story of miners and woodcutters who fought the elements to carve out the village of Strahan.  Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Experience the horrific conditions of the worst of the convict prisons,Sarah Island.  Hotels in Strahan

The Convict Station Ruins and Sarah Island are visited by the Gordon River Cruise as it heads up Macquarie Harbour back to Strahan. The Gordon River Wilderness Cruise leaves from Strahan daily.

Find out more about Strahan

Book the Gordon River Wilderness Cruise from Strahan

Southwest Wilderness Tasmania.
Stretching south from Strahan, the Southwest National Park is one of the great cool temperate wilderness areas of the World.  Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise

You can hike it hard, or visit by air from Hobart or Strahan.

Find out more about Southwest Wilderness Tasmania

Tasmania Destinations Strahan Village View


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Best of East Coast: Hobart / Mt Field, Port Arthur, Freycinet, Launceston

Includes: Accommodation, Car Hire, Entrances, Full Itinerary

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Highlights: Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Hobart, Freycinet

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Experience Hobart’s not-to-be-missed star attraction Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art & a wine tour.

Mona Day Trips 


Head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you can come face to face with the iconic endangered Tasmanian devil.

Tassie Devil Day Trips 


A must do while in Tasmania is to experience the magnificent splendour that is Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park.

Cradle Mt Day Trips



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