A couple taking in the sights on their self drive tour.
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The Enchanted Walk - One of Tasmania's 60 great short walks. Magical old-growth rainforest, waterfal...
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Kings Bridge is an elegant iron arch, circa 1860s, spanning the junction of South Esk River and the ...
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Self Drive Tours

Travel Made Easy with Our Self Drive Itineraries

These tours offer the perfect combination of adventurous independence on the road and the convenience of planned lodging and activities. With a range of options you can decide exactly how much you’d like to immerse yourself in the Apple Isle and where you would like to explore!

You get to choose which route you will take to reach your destination, what sights you stop to see and where you would like to put your feet up for the night! Whether you are a foodie, history buff, wildlife observer or all around adventurer, these tailored self drive itineraries will suit everyone!

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How long does it take to go around Tasmania?

Tasmania’s route is approximately 1,500 km long, so a Tasmania road trip will take around seven days. However, since Tasmania is a small island, some can drive around it in as little as three days. This isn’t recommended because a three-day Tasmania holiday drive around the island will wear you out, and you won’t be able to enjoy the scenic routes.

In addition, you need to allow some extra time for Tasmania trips because of the mountainous terrain you’ll encounter along the way, which will require slower speeds. Plan your self-drive tour today with our Tasmania holiday packages.

How long does it take to travel Tasmania in a caravan or motorhome?

If you plan to go around Tasmania in a caravan or motorhome, you will need to adjust your travel time a little. Adding at least 20 per cent to any car driving times is ideal when driving a motorhome instead. Don’t worry when going on a Tasmania road trip because the roads are fine for these types of vehicles. However, you need to drive a bit slower than usual. Check out some of the caravan parks in Tasmania, such as the Seven Mile Beach Cabin and Caravan Park or the Somerset Caravan Park. We also offer campervan hire.

What are the driving conditions for a Tasmania road trip? 

Generally, going on a Tasmania road trip shouldn’t be stressful because most roads are in good condition, especially if you’re heading between major towns, cities, or attractions. However, you must keep in mind that the island is mountainous, so you must be mindful of sharp bends and narrow and winding roads.

In addition, there is a number of unsealed roads, but most of them are good to drive on, whilst others may be challenging to drive on after rain. Remember that many hire cars will not allow you to drive on unsealed roads. Therefore, it’s worth planning your route before you go on your Tasmania holiday self drive trip.

We offer a range of self-driven Tasmania trips, such as our 5-day East Coast Tour.

Where are the best Tasmania road trips?

There are many ways to enjoy Tasmania road trips. For example, if you want to drive around the beachside towns, you should drive down the East Coast. Consider adding Orford, Swansea, and St Helens. From the East Coast, you can get to Freycinet National Park.

On the other hand, if you want to explore more of the farmland side of Tasmania, you can go on the two-hour drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain.

What is the most scenic Tasmania road trip?

One of the most picturesque Tasmania road trips is the route from Launceston to Hobart. The drive between these two cities will allow you to see and experience iconic destinations—and the trip will take approximately a little over two hours.

You get to travel up the Midland Highway through Longford, Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands. With another hour on your self-drive Tasmania holiday trip, you can detour to Bothwell or the Highland Lakes Road, which will both take you to the Central Plateau past the Great Lake. Check out our 7-day Tassie Icons Package Deal from Launceston and immerse yourself in the wonders of the state.

How is the traffic in Tasmania?

Depending on where you’re coming from, traffic may be a bit bad during peak hours (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 6 pm) when heading to the centre, as there are only a few major access points to get there. Avoid the Southern Outlet and Tasman Highway during peak hours as much as possible.

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