7 Day Tassie Icons Package starting from $695pp

7 days - Self Drive Tour Package
Day 1 – Arrive and simply wander around Hobart and be ‘wowed’

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 largest city. 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. 

Head to Hobart and enjoy the spectacular views from Mt. Wellington and on a Saturday be sure to explore Salamanca Markets. Tasmania’s favorite tourist attraction.

HOBART ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

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

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

Day 2 – Make your way to Cradle Mountain

It’s a four-hour drive from Hobart to Cradle Mountain, which we recommend stretching into a full-day road trip. Tour through historic villages, witness stunning natural wonders and scope out the best second-hand store in Tassie. If you love your arts and crafts, then Deloraine is a great spot to stop as is Sheffield – locally named the ‘town of murals’, with over 140 murals splashed on the sides of buildings and walls around the town. They even have Mural Park, dedicated to Sheffield’s International Mural Fest, where every year around Easter, nine painters are chosen to have a ‘paint off’.

CRADLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

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

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

Day 3 – 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. 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.

Explore the many walks of Cradle Mountain National Park. Your final itinerary will have information of walks in the area and spots we think you will enjoy! 

CRADLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

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

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

Day 4 - Cradle Mountain to the world-class Freycinet Peninsula

Leaving the magical highlands, cut through farmland and history at Deloraine and Longford before hitting Elephant Pass via St Marys. Then you’re on the Great Eastern Drive. The coastline between here and Bicheno is known as the Surf Coast, and the beaches here offer surfers reliable swells year round, with crystal clear waves rolling into smooth white sand just about everywhere you look. Your final destination, Freycinet Peninsula is one of best known and loved destinations on Tasmania’s east coast. 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.

EAST COAST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation – Wintersun Gardens, Bicheno (Queen Motel room)

4-star accommodation – Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay  (One room cabin plus Full breakfast included for 2 people)

Day 5 - Explore the Freycinet Peninsula

Meet the top of your Tassie bucket list. 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. Weather can be unpredictable, yet eastern Tasmania is still the second-driest part of Australia after South Australia. Equally beautiful are the wide deserted beaches and aquamarine shallows at Bryans and Cooks beaches on the western side of the peninsula facing Great Oyster Bay. On the eastern side of the Freycinet Peninsula there are soaring sea cliffs, secluded coves, and dramatic ocean beaches. The Hazards guard the peninsula at its northern end, and to the south is uninhabited Schouten Island.

Optional – 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. Be enthralled by the stunning granite coastline, including the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range. Discover a coast dotted with sparkling white sand beaches, including Cooks and Bryans beaches, only accessible by water or a full day bushwalk. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters, before heading into the Tasman Sea towards Wineglass Bay. Look out for various hidden sea caves, blowholes and waterfalls amongst the sheer granite cliffs. Take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes spilling into glass turquoise waters.  Uncover the rich history of the region, including aboriginal heritage and tales of early explorers and entrepreneurs. An amazing tour.

EAST COAST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

3-star accommodation – Wintersun Gardens, Bicheno (Queen Motel room)

4-star accommodation – Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay  (One room cabin plus Full breakfast included for 2 people)

Day 6 – Take your time and travel back to Launceston

This route from Freycinet to Launceston runs up the coast to Bicheno and beyond, but cuts inland at the Elephant Pass to St Marys 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. It is about 3 hours drive point to point, but if you allow time to look around at different stops it will take all day. 

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 planet Earth. Nature and adventure lovers alike will not be disappointed with all this region has to offer. Foodies (and those keen on sipping delicious wine, cider or beer) will find in Launceston full of delicious delights. Cataract Gorge is the city’s main attraction and is centrally located. For those into hiking, swimming, breathing in fresh air and experiencing majestic views, this is the place to be. Take a ride on the Gorge Scenic Chairlift for panoramic views of the area. Be sure to bring your camera to capture some of the fantastic scenery you see from this unique vantage point. Cataract Gorge is close to Launceston – taking only a handful of minutes to reach from the city centre by car (or considering taking a comfortable stroll for 20 to 30 minutes), meaning you can easily pass a leisurely morning in town and then experience the scenic splendour of the Gorge before lunch.

LAUNCESTON ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

3-star Accommodation: Adina Place (Studio apartment)

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

Day 7 – Flights to depart Launceston Airport at anytime. 

Drop the car back at the airport as your flights depart.

Time to say, ‘farewell Tassie!’