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14 days - Self Drive Package
Arrive, relax and explore Launceston

If you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, you’re lucky! After picking up your hire car, you have the option to explore our second largest city. Launceston is simultaneously lively and laid-back, and finds itself conveniently located close to the Tamar Valley Wine Trail. From gorgeous natural beauty to a charming, traditional atmosphere, this city will please a variety of travellers looking for a place to step back and breathe some of the freshest air on the planet.

LAUNCESTON ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3-star Accommodation: Adina Place (Studio apartment) or similar

4-star  Accommodation: Tamar River Villas (Studio Apartment – Deluxe) or similar

Day 2 – Explore the Tamar Valley then make your way to Stanley

Tasmania’s Tamar Valley is found in the northern part of the state and centres around the approximately 65 km-long Tamar River that runs from Launceston to Bass Strait.  Exploring both the eastern and western banks is a must if you have the time, venturing off the highway onto the twists and turns of smaller, lightly trafficked roads passing through vineyards, orchards, lavender fields, dairy farms, forests, national parks, and quaint townships.

Then make your way to the far North West tip

Stanley is a romantic town sitting on a slender sliver of land jutting out into the Bass Strait on Tasmania’s northwest coast. It is remarkable for its incredibly well-preserved colonial buildings and its massive volcanic plug. The plug rises 150 metres out of the water and it dominates the small town skyline. This town is perfect for a getaway, but the name of the volcanic plug belies Stanley’s quaintness.

Called “The Nut,” Stanley’s cheeky geological feature is what visitors remember most. The north-west is also home to the Tarkine, one of the world’s last great wilderness experiences, Australia’s greatest expanse of cool temperate rainforest and the largest in the world.

STANLEY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3 star Stanley Seaview Inn (Standard Motel) or similar

4 star  Stanley Seaview Inn (Seaview Studio) or similar

 

Day 3 Visit the Tarkine Forest on your way to Cradle Mountain

On your way to Cradle Mountain, go to The Tarkine Forest Reserve. This a huge area of temperate rainforest, sand dunes and coastal heathland that contains a wildly diverse landscape – including Australia’s largest patch of temperate rainforest  – and a world of natural treasures including mountain ranges, wild river and cave systems and a rugged coastline with long sandy beaches.

Arriving at Cradle Mountain in the afternoon and explore the beauty of  the national park

CRADLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3-star Accommodation: Silver Ridge Retreat (1 bedroom apartment) Farmstay style 35 mins from Cradle Mountain or similar

4-star Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard hotel room plus Full breakfast included for 2 people) or similar

Day 4 – Explore the magical Cradle Mountain

Waking up its time to discover Dove lake. Set at the feet of Cradle Mountain, Dove lake is an amazing lake to walk around taking only a few hours. Calm and serene, pleasant and rocky, it would be easy to assume that “Cradle Mountain” takes its name from a baby’s bed. But locals say no – it’s derived from the mountain’s resemblance to a miner’s cradle. This unique shape creates a dramatic vista that’s impossible to miss as visitors walk along the shores of the many lakes, river gorges and waterfalls that decorate the surrounding areas. And never fear, the chances of spotting a wombat is extremely high.

CRADLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star Accommodation: Silver Ridge Retreat (1 bedroom apartment) Farmstay style 35 mins from Cradle Mountain or similar

4-star Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard hotel room plus Full breakfast included for 2 people) or similar

Day 5 - Head to the Wild West

Heading south from Cradle Mountain, stop at Tullah, a peaceful former mining town surrounded by a beautiful landscape of lakes, rivers and mountain ranges. Explore the wilderness around Tullah on walking and mountain bike trails with guided nature tours available on sea kayak, canoe or horseback. The town of Rosebery, a short drive farther south-west, is a working mine township proud of its environmental management. Then make your way to Strahan.

Strahan is a fantastic jumping point for exploring the west of Tasmania.  There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, an abundance of fresh food, and a dark-yet-rich history. Surrounded by national parks and wildlife refuges.

STRAHAN ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation –  Strahan Village (Standard Hotel Room) or similar

4-star accommodation –  Marsden Court (Studio Apartment) or similar

Day 6 – Explore Strahan and go on the Gordon River Cruise ( optional)

Strahan is a fantastic jumping point for exploring the west of Tasmania.  There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, an abundance of fresh food, and a dark-yet-rich history. Surrounded by national parks and wildlife refuges, Strahan is the perfect destination for the naturalist and those seeking a relaxing escape from the daily stress of modern life. Adventure to the end of the world, see the rarest of animals, stand at Hells Gates, and take the selfies to prove it. This small village of farmers and fishermen is surrounded by 19 national parks and regional reserves. Tasmania is 45 percent national wildlife parks and preserves, so it’s hard not to stumble upon one.

STRAHAN ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation –  Strahan Village (Standard Hotel Room) or similar

4-star accommodation –  Marsden Court (Studio Apartment) or similar

Day 7 - Strahan to Hobart Adventure

Our 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. A must-stop is the stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge called The Wall in the Wilderness.  “The Wall” is carved from three-metre high wooden panels and tells the story of Tasmanian history in the Central Highlands region – starting with the indigenous people, then pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and Hydro workers. There is also a cafe at the Wall. The Derwent River rises here, and the drive passes through the Hydro Electric generating area and follows the Derwent Valley downhill all the way to Hobart. Visit Russell Falls on the way.

HOBART ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation – Bay Hotel & Apartments or Waterfront Lodge or similar

4-star accommodation –  Vibe Hotel  (guest room including breakfast) or similar

Day 8 – Simply wander around Hobart and be ‘wowed’

If you like the sound of unearthing a new craft beer, delving into history that dates back to Australia’s earliest days and exploring museums, then Hobart is for you. Tasmania’s lively capital retains an old town salty-air feel that draws visitors flocking here in numbers not seen before.  This vibrant city offers plenty of urban sites, as well as proximity to gorgeous natural surroundings and a mountain summit. What began as a penal colony in 1804 is now a hot tourist destination. Great live tunes, independent stores, mind-pausing art, and food so fresh you’ll be wiping the dirt off spuds the farmer plucked from the earth that morning.

HOBART ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation – Bay Hotel & Apartments or Waterfront Lodge or similar

4-star accommodation –  Vibe Hotel  (guest room including breakfast) or similar

Day 9 – Onto Port Arthur via historic Richmond

Experience one of Australia’s greatest road trips on the Island.

The most popular attraction on the Tasman Peninsula is the Port Arthur Historic Site, which is often on the bucket list for travelers to Tasmania. Whether visiting Port Arthur or not, exploring the Tasman Peninsula is a must-do, as the natural beauty of this region will really leave an impression on you.

The Tasman Island Cruise is also a great 3 hour cruise to see the stunning three capes via water.

TASMAN PENINSULA ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3 star Port Arthur Motor Inn (Motel room) or similar

3.5 star Port Arthur Motor Inn (Hotel room) or similar

Day 10 – Head up the East Coast

From the Tasman Peninsula to the East Coast, experience one of Australia’s greatest road trips on the Great Eastern Drive.

Stop off at Spiky Bridge for some history, Kates Berry Farm for the produce and one of the many vineyards for nibbles and wine tasting.  Many cellar doors offer tasting plates or meals, or even a gourmet hamper of Tasmanian produce to enjoy in the vineyard or at a nearby beach. Maria Island is also a great day trip crossing the ferry from Triabunna.

For here you can explore the sunny east coast and Famous Freycinet National Park. This region which includes Coles Bay, Bicheno.

EAST COAST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3 star: Wintersun Gardens (Motel room)
4 star: Apartments on Fraser (1 bedroom apt)

Available on request – Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay  (One room cabin plus Full breakfast included for 2 people) or similar

Day 11 Explore Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park is the place to be if you like fishing and boating, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, sun, and sand, or just spectacular coastal scenery. Walk up Wineglass Bay Lookout for one of the best views you will see on the trip.

Take the optional Wineglass Bay Nature Cruise.  Then explore the quaint seaside village of Coles Bay.

EAST COAST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3 star: Wintersun Gardens (Motel room)
4 star: Apartments on Fraser (1 bedroom apt)

Available on request – Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay  (One room cabin plus Full breakfast included for 2 people) or similar

Day 12 – Continue the Great Eastern Drive to St Helens

St. Helens is the largest of Tasmania’s northeast coastal towns. The town overlooks Georges Bay which is a popular destination for chartered fishing. The waters near St. Helens are teeming with deep sea delights such as marlin, lobster, albacore and yellowfin tuna. Underwater caves and kelp forests feed a dazzling population of colourful fish which beckons divers. The jaw-dropping beaches of the Bay of Fires have made Lonely Planet’s top-10 regions of the world, and the southern end of those beaches is only a few kilometres from St. Helens.

ST HELENS ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3 star Queechy Motel (Motel room) or similar

4 star Georges Bay Apartments (Studio) or similar

Day 13 - Explore the Bay of Fires

Home to what is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Bay of Fires is not to be missed during your Tasmanian holiday. There is a reason it was named by ‘Lonely Planet’ as the world’s hottest travel destination. The Bay’s iconic name comes from Captain Tobias Furneaux as he sailed past in 1773, spotting Aboriginal fires lighting up the coast line. Evidence of these first Tasmanian inhabitants in the form of shell and bone piles (middens) are dotted in and among the grass. The name could also apply to the brilliant orange lichen that grows on the granite boulders lining the bay. The Bay of Fires is located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania. It includes a gorgeous coastline that stretches over 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. The northern section of the bay is part of Mount William National Park; the southern end is a conservation area. The conservation area is divided into three sections, with Ansons Bay dividing the southern and northern ends. Drawing in visitors for decades, this popular conservation reserve is actually a string of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, interspersed by lagoons and rocky bluffs. Famous for the orange lichen-covered granite boulders, combined with the powder-white sand and turquoise waters, this ideal setting is a spectacular place to soak in the sensational views and experience a dreamlike walk along the beach. These magnificent secluded beaches and inlets are a sight to behold and give the Bay of Fires its reputation as one of the most pristine natural wonders of the world.

ST HELENS ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3 star Queechy Motel (Motel room) or similar

4 star Georges Bay Apartments (Studio) or similar

Day 14 - Scenic route back to Launceston

To head back to Launceston, one scenic route is to take the Elephant Pass to St Mary’s You will drive up the Fingal Valley, and then cut off through the backroads to Evandale and on to Launceston. Evandale is classified as an historic town, and is famous for its Sunday Morning market as well as the annual World Penny Farthing Races which are held in February. This itinerary is designed to explore off the beaten track to take the scenic and historic route into Launceston. Allow at least 2.5 hours drive point to point, but if you allow time to look around at different stops it will take all day before returning your rental car at Launceston airport for departure.