Strahan to Hobart Self Drive Itinerary
Across the Mountains | Strahan to Hobart Self Drive Itinerary
My Strahan to Hobart self drive itinerary climbs up into the mountains to Queenstown, then across valleys and more mountains on the Alpine Plateau to Derwent Bridge at the southern end of Lake St Clair.
The Derwent River rises here, and we drive through the Hydro Electric generating area and follow the Derwent Valley downhill all the way to Hobart. Visit Russell Falls on the way.
Things To See and Do | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Queenstown | Acid Rain | Derwent Bridge | Tarraleah Hydro Electric Power Stations | Ouse | Hamilton | Lake Meadowbank | Russell Falls & Mt Field National Park | Hopfields | The Salmon Ponds | New Norfolk |
Background | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Allow a full day of it to drive from Strahan to Hobart. You can take up to about 10 hours, depending on how much you stop and look around.
To drive right through with only small stops will take about 6 hours.
Queenstown & Acid Rain | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Take the B24 Lyall Highway and climb through the State Forests to Queenstown.
Gold was once again the driver for development. Its discovery at Queenstown in 1881 caused the Mt Lyell Gold Mining Company to be set up in the same year, but it quickly changed its focus to copper,
A combination of woodcutting for smelters, smelter fumes causing acid rain, a high annual rainfall and thin topsoil caused the hills around Queenstown to be stripped of their vegetation in the early 1900’s.
The hills still look like a scene from the Moon. They are tough in Queenstown – the local Football Ground is not grass, it’s gravel.
Derwent Bridge | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Follow the A10 Lyell Highway as it climbs out of Queenstown and runs over mountains and through valleys before coming out onto the Alpine Plateau near Derwent Bridge.
To really break the trip, you can stay at Derwent Bridge / Lake St Clair overnight.
If you don’t have time for the extra night, it is worth a stop at the Derwent Bridge Hotel (lunch?) – the fireplace in the main bar is a marvel of wilderness fireplace engineering.
Derwent Bridge is at the southern end of Lake St Clair.
Tarraleah | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
For the next hour or so the Lyell Highway runs across the plateau, past lakes and lagoons, many man made as part of the Hydro Electric Scheme, before coming to the spectacular valley at Tarraleah.
Stop for a look at the Tarraleah and Tungatinah Hydro Electric Power Stations at the bottom of the valley.
After climbing back out of the valley, turn out to look back over the pipes that carry the water 290 metres down the hillside to the Tarraleah Power Station.
Ouse | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
When you get to Ouse, you are starting into the Derwent Valley farming area. From here you can look southeast and see the Derwent Valley stretching almost to New Norfolk.
Hamilton | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Stay on the A10 Lyell Highway for another 40 minutes or so to come to Hamilton.
What is today a small country town was once slated to become the capital of Tasmania. The plan never materiaized and Hamilton remains a farming centre.
It is well worth a stop at Glen Clyde House – their gift shop has an excellent selection of Tasmanian Handcrafts.
Russell Falls | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
From Hamilton, retrace your steps towards Derwent Bridge for about 6 Kms and watch for the turn off to the left onto Dawson Road to Lake Meadowbank.
Follow Dawson Road as it crosses Lake meadowbank and then becomes the Ellendale Road.
You will drive through some very pretty farmland before joining the B61 Gordon River Road at Westerway.
Turn right and follow the `B61 Gordon River Road as it runs beside the Tyenna River. Watch for the turnoff to the right to Russell Falls and the Mt Field National Park. Take the walk to Russell Falls.
If short of time and you do not wish to visit Russell Falls, just continue on the A10 towards Hobart from Hamilton.
Hopfields & Salmon Ponds | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Retrace your steps to Westerway, and turn right, staying on the B61 Gordon River Road towards Hobart. Drop down into the Valley – those are hopfields to your right – to Glenora and then keep on to Bushy Park.
The buildings with the funny “hats” on them are Oast Houses, used for drying the fine hops grown in the area. Derwent Valley Hops make excellent beer and are exported worldwide.
At Bushy Park, turn right onto the B62 Glenora Road and take the west bank of the Derwent River to New Norfolk.
If interested, stop off at the Salmon Ponds for a look at the history and development trout and salmon fisheries in Tasmania.
New Norfolk | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
New Norfolk is one of the oldest towns in Australia, having been established in 1807 by farming families resettled from Norfolk Island.
The Bush Inn has been continuously trading since 1815. It is worth dropping in for a feel of the old building.
On to Hobart | Strahan to Hobart Self Self Drive Itinerary
Follow the west bank of the Derwent River the last 30 Kms into Hobart.
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