Travel around Tasmania including Stanley, Strahan, Port Arthur and Hobart
The Around Tasmania Expedition is a 7 day itinerary taking you around the whole island including Strahan, Stanley, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur and Hobart. The easiest way to get around is by hiring a car and travelling at your own pace.... Of course you could spend a lot more than 7 days seeing this beautiful state.
There are plenty of accommodation options whilst you travel around the island including hotels, B n Bs or even campervan hire Tasmania.
North Coast of Tasmania
Day 1: Arrive in Devonport either by flying in on a domestic airline or sailing on the "Spirit of Tasmania" ferry (which allows to bring your car across as well).
Start your around Around Tasmania Expedition exploring the quaint and charming north coast visiting towns such as Ulverstone, Burnie, Penguin and Stanley. Relax and unwind in the evening at one of many good quality B and Bs or hotels in the area.
Day 2: Today travel from the north coast down to Launceston (about 2 hours drive) stopping in the Tamar Valley wine region to sample some of Australia's finest wines. Once you've reached Launceston continue your day by visiting the Boags Beer Factory and tasting the very popular local lager.
Walk off some of your indulgences through the Cataract Gorge in the afternoon and perhaps take a ride over it on the longest single-span chairlift in the world. Relax in evening sipping some on recently aquired wine and bed down in one of many quality Launceston hotels.
Day 3: Travel to Cradle Mountain today (about 2 hours drive from Launceston) and enjoy the stunning scenery as you enter into one of Tasmania's most beautiful mountain ranges. Once you arrive at Cradle Mountain unwind and let the tranquility of this beautiful wilderness sink in. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely stroll around Dove Lake and if you're feeling energetic you could even climb Cradle Mountain!
Strahan and Queenstown
Day 4: On day 4 drive from Cradle Mountain to Strahan (about 3 hours drive) on the west coast of Tasmania. This drive will take you through some of the wildest and remotest wilderness seen travelling around Tasmania. On your way through Queenstown see the eerie moonscape which is a stark reminder of the harm mining and forestry can have on the environment.
When you arrive in Strahan relax with a warm drink in some of the cosy and welcoming accommodation in Strahan before setting off for a cruise on the wild and remote Gordon River. Return in the evening and enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of the quality Strahan restaurants.
Hobart and Mt Wellington
Day 5: Travel to Hobart today and drive to the top of Mt Wellington to get a birdseye view of the city below. After you have descended enjoy a stroll around the Hobart waterfront and stop at Mure's Fish Restaurant for a delicious lunch of fresh fish and chips.
In the afternoon take a cruise on the Derwent River and see Hobart from another perspective. Settle in for the evening at a number of luxury hotels in Hobart and choose to dine at one of the Hobart's many gourmet restaurants.
Day 6: Start the day in Hobart before setting off for the east coast and Port Arthur (about 1 hour drive). Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula and is home to one of Australia's oldest convict sites. Stroll around the ruined sandstone buildings and imagine how harsh life would have been for the early convicts sent to Tasmania. If you're brave you could even stay till the evening to take part in the very spooky Port Arthur ghost tour where you might see some of Port Arthur's original inhabitants!
Day 7: On your last day head north towards Launceston or Devonport to fly out or catch the ferry. On the way stop at Freycinet Peninsula and walk to the world famous Wineglass Bay with it's crystal clear water and sparkling white sandy beaches. Enjoy lunch while looking over the spectacular views from the Freycinet Lodge and maybe start planning your next trip around Tasmania.... next time you should stay for longer....
Hopefully you found the Around Tasmania Expedition a useful itinerary that may give you some ideas of what to see on your holiday to Tasmania. If you live in Tassie or have been around Tasmania yourself please feel free to suggest anything else that you think we might have missed (which of course we have....). We'd love to hear from you.
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