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6 Day Tasmanian Road Trip

5 nights, Hobart to Hobart

6 Day Tasmanian Road Trip

Tasmania is Australia's best-kept secret. Its ancient national parks are home to the country's tallest trees as well as creatures found nowhere else in the world. This 6 day itinerary will give you a glimpse of this incredible island state. Starting in Hobart, you will have a chance to experience some of the city's culture, before heading north to Cradle Mountain National Park, Launceston, the Bay of Fires, and Wineglass Bay - regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
With plenty of opportunities to customise, this road trip will surely be one to remember.

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 6 days / 5 nights from Hobart to Hobart
  • Accommodation is Hotel 3 star (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
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Day 1 - Explore Hobart

Collect your rental car

Your holiday can be customised and priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs.

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Explore Hobart

Hobart is Australia's second-oldest state capital, founded in 1804. This city is teeming with inspired art and thriving markets has an exciting and dynamic food scene, and is surrounded by natural beauty. Head to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) to get your art fix or if you're there on a weekend, head to Salamanca to immerse yourself in the markets, home to more than 300 stalls selling arts, crafts, homewares and produce. The beautiful sandstone warehouses that were once frequented by sailors, whalers, and workmen have morphed into one of the city's most vibrant cultural scenes.
If you fancy a taste of some local beverages, consider heading to one of the local distilleries or breweries. For some of the best views of the city, take a 30 minute drive out to Mount Wellington, which is even more amazing at sunset. With a coffee caravan and Australia's oldest brewery along the way up, it is the perfect activity no matter what the time of day! For those looking for a bit more activity, there are some fantastic walking tracks located below the summit at The Springs.

Hobart Historic Walking tour - suggested

Discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania’s capital city was established and how it grew to become the vibrant waterfront city it is today. A local Tasmanian guide will identify the heritage-listed buildings of Hobart while walking the old town. Hear the stories of the hardened characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart.

Accommodation: Mantra on Collins Hobart

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Kitchenette Facilities in Apartments only
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly

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Day 2 - Hobart to Cradle Mountain

Driving distance and time: 315 kms / 195 miles : 3.7 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Hobart to Cradle Mountain Township

Depart Hobart, passing the Avante-Garde Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) before crossing the Derwent River. The Midland Highway will take you through quaint towns such as Kempton, home to the Old Kempton Distillery where you can try local gin or whiskey, or just grab a snack at the cafe. Further along is Oatlands, one of Tasmania's oldest settlements and home to more than 150 sandstone buildings, the largest collection of any Australian town.
Continue through Turnbridge, Campbell Town and Longford before heading west towards the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. In the centre of Sheffield, you'll find Mural Park. The park hosts an annual Mural Fest Painting Competition. Now with over 140 murals, this rural town is its own outdoor gallery worth a stop to stretch your legs.
It is now just an hour to your destination, Cradle Mountain township. Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, it is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

After Dark Feeding Tour at Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian Devil Santuary - suggested

A world-class wildlife conservation facility at Tasmania’s premier wilderness destination. The spectacular and pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain is home to the mysterious and secretive Tasmanian Devil and the sanctuary comes alive in the evening! The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing these extraordinary animals in ‘action’ each evening. An experienced keeper will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary.

Devils are primarily a nocturnal species therefore far more active at night, they use environmentally sensitive lighting and focus on the social interactions and feeding habits of these unique carnivores, allowing visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight!

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 3 - Cradle Mountain to Launceston

Driving distance and time: 136 kms / 85 miles : 1.7 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Cradle Mountain National Park to Launceston

Heading east along Cradle Mountain Road, you will journey along the Dove River Forest Reserve. Turning onto Claude Road, you will pass the small town of Gowrie Park before reaching Sheffield, known as the "Town of Murals". Originally an important rural centre that serviced construction of many nearby hydroelectric dams, the culmination of these projects was feared to bring an economic downturn to the region. Inspired by the stories of other towns who reinvented themselves as tourist destinations, Sheffield’s leadership encouraged, commissioned and created murals on the side of every building and the face of every structure in town. As a result, it remains a popular tourist destination and is the perfect spot to stop for lunch en route to Launceston.
From here, you continue your journey east, crossing the Mersey River and passing by towns such as Deloraine and Westbury before reaching Launceston.

50 minute Cataract Gorge Cruise with Tamar River Cruises - suggested

Cruise past historical Kings Wharf, Seaport and Launceston’s delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is cruising into Launceston’s spectacular Cataract Gorge, as the skipper engages the Lady Launceston’s unique silent electric drive. View the sheer cliffs from your comfortable seat, appreciate the unobstructed views on the multi award winning 1890s style vessel and enjoy the skippers captivating commentary on the history of this fascinating area.

Accommodation: Mantra Charles Hotel

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room paid access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Kitchenette Facilities in Apartments only
  • Hair Dryer
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly

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Day 4 - Launceston to St Helens

Driving distance and time: 168 kms / 104 miles : 2.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Launceston to St Helens via Derby

This journey to St Helens is slightly longer than the Tasman Highway, but provides a lot more opportunities for interesting scenery and stops along the way. Your first stop should be Lilydale Falls, about 30 minutes into the journey. This is an easy walk that is accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Another hour or so along the road you will come to Branxholm, where you can do the short Henry Ah Ping Sculpture Walk, which celebrates North East Tasmania’s Chinese heritage. You can read a brief history of Henry Ah Ping and the Chinese miners of Branxholm at the Settler’s Hut, before taking an easy 20 minute circuit walk along the Ormuz/Arba water race and the Jubilee tailrace into the Ah Ping Alluvial Mine.
Continue through to Derby, a town that is known for its historic tin mining and nowadays for mountain biking. If you would like to learn more about its history of tin mining, head to the Tin Mine Centre.
Follow the Tasman Highway and if you'd like something a little unique, take a short detour to Pyengana to the Pub in the Paddock, licensed since 1880 and one of the oldest pubs in Tasmania. The town is also home to Pyengana Dairy, famous for its artisan cheeses. From here, it's just another 30 minutes to St Helens.

Accommodation: Panorama St Helens

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Please note: Check in is ONLY until 8pm unless otherwise arranged
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 5 - St Helens to Freycinet National Park

Driving distance and time: 113 kms / 70 miles : 1.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

St Helens to Freycinet National Park

Head south from St Helens and follow the A3 highway along the east coast. Pass the Chain of Lagoons, a popular beach and camping destination for locals and you head towards Bicheno. This family-friendly town is home to the Bicheno Blowhole as well as some of the region's most treasured wildlife at East Coast Natureworld. These include Tasmanian devils, quolls, koalas, snakes, and parrots.
From here it's just 40 minutes more to Coles Bay, the entrance to Freycinet National Park. Here, towering pink-hued mountains, known as the Hazards, are above you, and at their foot are the calm, blue waters of Wineglass Bay.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge

Accommodation type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 6 - Freycinet to Hobart

Driving distance and time: 191 kms / 118 miles : 2.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Coles Bay to Hobart

Follow Coles Bay Road back to the Tasman Highway and head south, through the East Coast Wine Region. This is one of Tasmania’s premier wine-growing regions and is known for its fine cool climate varieties. Cellar doors along the coast offer tastings and wine sales, and east coast restaurants showcase these, as well as handcrafted whiskeys, beers and ciders.
Swansea is home to some of the east coast's more spectacular beaches. Originally established as Waterloo Point in 1820, it is one of Tasmania's oldest towns and is steeped in rich history. Pass through Rocky Hills and Little Swanport on your way to Orford. Once a port for a convict station on nearby Maria Island, it is now a very popular holiday spot for locals, it offers plenty of picturesque swimming beaches that are often connected by beautiful walking tracks.
Head inland through Buckland and Orielton and south towards Pitt Water Nature Reserve, this internationally recognised wetland is home to a number of Tasmanian shorebirds and seabirds including sooty oystercatchers, red-capped plover and Caspian terns.
Your journey ends in the state capital, Hobart. With a dynamic food scene, daring art and a wealth of natural attractions, Hobart is a small city with big ideas.

Depart Hobart today

Explore more of Hobart before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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