Long seen as the Redneck-Southern cousins of Australia, Tasmania has evolved a heap to become an island with great food, incredible nature and friendly, happy people. With unbelievable white sandy beaches, azure-blue waters and an abundance of wildlife – it’s only a matter of time before the Vatican relocate to Tasmania – it’s Heaven baby! And the best part is – flights from Melbourne are so freakin’ cheap – like $39!!!
Starting out in Hobart – Australia’s 2nd oldest city, pick up your Wicked hire car or camper and start cruising. It’s about 90km to Port Arthur. Port Arthur is an old penal colony settled in the early 1800’s to keep the convicts in line. It’s a pretty melancholy place, but the beaches are lovely and the wallabies are everywhere! Around the corner is ‘Remarkable Caves’ – a set of cliffs overlooking the wild Southern Ocean. Pretty nice indeed!
Cruise up the coast, following all signs to St Helens. Stop by in Freycinet National Park – and do a bit of hiking baby. The view overlooking Wineglass Bay is AMAZING! There’s a tonne of little National Parks along Tasmania’s East Coast and a lot of great little spots to camp for the night on the beach.
The Bay of Fires and St Helens are some of the most pristine beaches in Australia. The water is cold and deep blue, and the sand is whiter than just about anywhere in the world.
Cutting inland towards Launceston will take you on some really, really windy, twisting mountain roads. Overlooking farms, vineyards, and lush tropical forestry – this is one of the best drives I’ve been on. All along the roadside on this stretch (about 100km) are echidnas, burrowing the soft dirt for ants. So watch out as the roadkill count is MASSIVE around here.
Launceston is one of the prettiest little towns you’ll come across. With 200 year old pubs and parks, it’s worth a day or two – particularly the gorge just outside of town.
From here you can head on up to Devonport and Cradle Mountain – the breathtaking volcanic mountain you see in all the pics of Tassie.
Otherwise cruise on back through the middle of the State. You’ll pass through cute little towns like Ross, on your way to Hobart. If you like wine, cheese and fruit – then you’re in the right place!
Tasmania really is best viewed in the warmer months, although the colder months are way quieter and the pubs all have awesome little fire places to curl around. It’s best to grab a campervan or car and see it all for yourself, as there is so much just off the beaten track that an organised tour always seem to miss.
Hire Length: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Pickup: Hobart Depot
Dropoff: Hobart Depot
Driving on unsealed roads is prohibited unless in 4WD Vehicle. Valid Credit Card Required for Security Imprint. Extra Days are available. Tour valid for 12 months from date of purchase. May be transferred to a friend or fellow traveller if you can’t get to your trip. No refunds for unused trip. All prices shown do not include National Park Fees.