9 Day West to East Luxury Self Drive Tassie Tour

9 days - Self Drive Tour Package
Day 1 - Arrive in Launceston and Drive to Cradle Mountain

Arrive in Launceston ( AM arrival recommended), pick up your car at Launceston airport and start the drive towards Cradle Mountain.

Take on the Tasting Trail on your way to try some local delights and the finest produce that Tasmania’s North West has to offer. Whether you’re into sweet treats, fresh produce, fine wines or other delicious delights, our easy-to-use site will guide you to award-winning produce, cellar doors and farm stalls, and the personalities behind them.

Take a detour to Mole Creek to check out the Caves & enjoy some local delights such as Honey and Salmon. Or stretch your legs at Alum Cliffs and get more views of the Great Western Tiers.

Arriving at Cradle Mountain, check into your 4 star standard accommodation situation right in the national Park

Stay – Cradle Mountain Hotel – Deluxe Spa Room including • Buffet style breakfast in Altitude Restaurant

Day 2 - Explore 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. Or for those looking for a more challenging walk, Cradle Mountain National Park offers many options for all levels of fitness to walk along the shores of lakes, river gorges and waterfalls that decorate the area. And never fear, the chances of spotting a wombat is extremely high.

In the evening if you would like to see the Tassie Devil up close we recommend the Devils in the Dark night feeding tour. The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing these extraordinary animals in ‘action’ each evening.

Stay – Cradle Mountain Hotel – Deluxe Spa Room including • Buffet style breakfast in Altitude Restaurant

Optional experience Devils in the Dark night Feeding Tour

Optional experience Cradle Mountain Heli Tour – The Cradle Mountain and Fury Gorge Adventure

Day 3 - Cradle Mountain to Strahan

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. Keep an eye out for the old Hercules to Rosebery aerial ore bucket ropeway, constructed to move ore from the Hercules mine to Rosebery.

Continue on to Zeehan where the Main Street is lined with grand old buildings like the Gaiety Theatre, visited by Dame Nellie Melba and Harry Houdini, beautifully restored and still entertaining locals and visitors. Then make your way to Strahan.

Stay – Strahan Village – Premium Harbour View Room

Day 4 - Gordon River Cruise, Strahan

Strahan is a fantastic jumping point for exploring the west of Tasmania with plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, an abundance of fresh food, and a dark-yet-rich history. This small and beautiful village of farmers and fishermen is surrounded by 19 national parks and regional reserves.

Today you will jump on the Spirit of the Wild – a brand new diesel/hybrid – yep it will glide up the river in silence. The Gordon River is one of our natural wonders and an amazing location for a wilderness cruise. From deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area it winds its way through the rainforest to arrive at the wide expanse of Macquarie Harbour, then through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean. An amazing day.

Stay – Strahan Village – Premium Harbour View Room

Please note, the Gordon River Cruise – Upper Deck for 2 is an Included Experience in your Tour.

Day 5 - Drive to Pumphouse, Lake St Clair

This 2 hour stunning drive to Lake St Clair 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.

Arrive at Pumphouse point and experience this special and unique accommodation and Tasmania at its most tranquil. Lake St Claire is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Stay – Pumphouse Ground floor / Mid level rooms. All-inclusive of meals, larder, e-bikes and rowboats.

Day 6 - Explore Lake St Clair

Lake St Claire is surrounded by over 100km of impressive walks. Head off on a self-guided walk to uncover the secrets of Lake St Clair. You are likely to see wallabies, echidnas, native quolls, possums, wombats, a wide variety of birdlife. and if you are lucky the famous Tassie devil or a shy platypus.

Free e-bikes are also on offer enable you to explore beyond your bushwalking limits. Pack a picnic with Tassie pinot and find an untouched patch to lay your blanket.

Lake St Claire is also a trout fisherman’s paradise, with world-class fly fishing on the door step or take out one of the free row boats to explore the lake.

Stay –  Pumphouse Ground floor / Mid level rooms. All-inclusive of meals, larder, e-bikes and rowboats.

Day 7 - Drive to Tasmania's East Coast

The drive from Lake St Clair to Coles Bay will take you through Tasmania’s heartland. It is about a 4 hour drive point to point, but if you allow time to look around at different stops it will take all day.

You will travel through wilderness, valleys and farmlands, small historic towns on your drive to Tasmania’s East coast. Your final destination, Freycinet Peninsula is one of best known and loved destinations on Tasmania’s east coast.

Stay –  Freycinet Lodge – Premier Cabin plus A la carte breakfast for two

Day 8 - Explore Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay is part of the Freycinet Peninsula, an outcrop of wild, pristine coast land on Tasmania’s east coast. Encompassed within the Freycinet National Park, it is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Nestled in the iconic Hazards range and bordered with pink granite peaks, Wineglass Bay is the most photographed view in the entirety of our island state.

Optional experience: Discover Wineglass Bay via the Freycinet Coastline

Wineglass Bay Cruises is a 4½ hour cruise of the waterways surrounding Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. Cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay.

Stay – Freycinet Lodge – Premier Cabin plus A la carte breakfast for two

Day 9 - Return to the Airport

Travel from Coles Bay to either Launceston or Hobart where you will drop off you car and fly home. Both drives are spectacular in their own right.