There’s no question about it…
The Apple Isle is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
And its voluminous jaw-dropping scenery is coupled with oodles of amazing experiences.
So, we’ve created the ultimate Tasmania travel itinerary to witness it all – or much of it – incorporating signature attractions and must-visit destinations along the way.
Prepare to be wowed.
Our suggested road trip around Tasmania is an approximately 1250km route with a driving time of approximately 17 hours.
The path begins and ends in Hobart, following an anti-clockwise direction.
However, this could just as easily be driven clockwise and/or adapted for those travelling via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, which arrives and departs from Devonport.
See the map below for a visual reference.
Note: All distances referenced are approximate.
Positioned on the River Derwent and shadowed by towering kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Hobart is intoxicating.
It’s historical yet contemporary, picturesque yet gritty, laidback yet vibrant. And there’s a hefty blend of attractions and activities to keep visitors engrossed.
Cultural, heritage, gastronomical, and scenic highlights are all in the mix, dotted in and around the lively Hobart waterfront. Better yet, the Tasmanian capital is a day-tripper’s delight.
Highlights of the city include:
Convenience and comfort are hallmarks of BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park. This popular accommodation option is just 2km to Hobart Airport and 15km from the CBD.
As can be expected when visiting a BIG4 park, there’s a variable assortment of cabin accommodation complemented by ample caravan and camping sites.
Here, a modern camp kitchen, BBQ area, and playground are key features. In good news for dog owners, BIG4 Hobart is pet-friendly.
Hobart to Port Arthur distance: 90km.
While there’s not much to this village, it earns ample footprints thanks to the presence of a former convict settlement.
However, Port Arthur Historic Site is not any old heritage attraction. It’s regarded as one of the best preserved convict sites on the planet, earning World Heritage status in the process.
Visiting the open-air attraction is an evocative experience. General admission tickets include entertaining and interesting introductory tours as well as a harbour cruise. Otherwise, roam the spacious grounds at your leisure.
Port Arthur and the wider Tasman Peninsula are brimming with treasure. Highlights include:
NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park has nabbed a prime piece of land, just north of the historic site, overlooking sparkling Stewarts Bay.
Its 15ha-plus of beautiful bushland create a tranquil haven to relax after a busy day exploring the peninsula’s many wonders.
Safari tents and a shared bunkhouse add variety to the expected accommodation offerings synonymous with holiday parks.
Distance (to Coles Bay): 200km.
Looking for a pitstop? Try the following…
Fabulous Freycinet is an absolute star of Tasmania’s east coast, dishing up breath-stealing scenery at every turn.
The peninsula is dominated by Freycinet National Park, noted for its brilliant beaches, extensive wildlife, astounding coastal views, and prominent peaks that form The Hazards mountain range.
Allow ample time to explore this epic area and its bucketload of treasure.
It’s all about the national park here. Highlights within it include:
Elsewhere on the peninsula, take note of:
When exploring this spectacular stretch, BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park is the ideal accommodation choice.
Located in the township of Coles Bay, the peaceful park incorporates a tavern, shop, and bakery and is a short stroll to Muirs Beach.
Adding to the convenience, it’s only 1.5km to the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre, the gateway to a mountain of majestic scenery.
Among a string of sparkling beaches that tempt for a roadside stop, the following are excellent places to pull over…
Sheltered by Georges Bay, this pleasant seaside town is ripe for an extended stay.
No matter the pace required, St Helens is up to the task. Exhilarating activities exist on and off the water, but the laidback nature of the town means it’s easy to unwind.
With so much splendour on its doorstep, St Helens is the perfect base to explore it all.
Highlights of the town include:
There’s attraction for all ages at BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park, set just 300m from the waterfront.
Glamping tents and shared backpacker-style accommodation in the MTB bunkhouse room offer increased variety beyond the regular cabin, caravan, and camping options.
An outdoor communal area features a fire pit, wood-fired pizza oven, large outdoor kitchen, and an indoor camp kitchen.
For families, there’s an indoor play area with a toddlers’ section as well as an outdoor playground and a jumping pillow. Additionally, the park is pet friendly.
Tasman Holiday Parks - St Helens has a range of accommodation to suit all needs, from Bay View Cabins to Bunkhouses and pet friendly Ensuite and Powered Sites. Reverse the caravan or pitch the tent and make full use of our superior facilities and beachfront location.
Enjoy all the activities the park has to offer including the Parkside Bar and Kitchen, a gourmet store, Jumping Pillow, kids’ playground, camp kitchen, BBQ area, indoor recreation room and much more.
Note: Keen golfers should take the long way around, via Bridport, to play Barnbougle’s world-renowned courses.
On the most direct path, pay attention to the following…
Tasmania’s second-biggest city is full of vibrancy.
A riverside setting, myriad parks and gardens, and striking heritage buildings combine to create instant visual appeal.
The allure runs more than skin deep, though. Launceston erupts with attractions for all ages and tastes, ensuring extended stays should be on the cards.
Highlights of the city include:
Spacious, contemporary, and central: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park is the place to stay when visiting this vibrant city.
Its elevated position provides commanding views of the CBD and its surrounds; best admired from the deck of a hilltop villa.
A camp kitchen and BBQs are excellent additions, while kids gravitate to the Jumping Pillow and playground. Conveniently, BIG4 Launceston is within walking distance of the city as well as Cataract Gorge.
Launceston to Tamar Valley (Kelso) distance: 65km.
The Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s most recognised wine district. And while its vino is top notch, it would be a disservice to the region to concentrate only on that.
Centred either side of the Tamar River, which flows into Bass Strait at the top of the state, the area bursts with assorted attractions full of interest.
These parts keenly encourage outdoor exploration, too. Beautiful beaches are plentiful, joined by wetlands and nearby national parks. Walking tracks and bike trails are excellent ways to admire the valley’s versatile landscapes.
Highlights of the region include:
BIG4 has two accommodation options in the Tamar Valley.
Firstly, BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park occupies prime real estate.
The spacious site shares a border with the River Tamar and is a casual stroll to the beach.
As the name indicates, BIG4 Kelso Sands has an onsite wildlife park. This allows for up-close encounters with various creatures, including wombats and potoroos.
A swimming pool and a large play area supporting various leisure activities are among popular in-house features.
At the top of the Tamar Valley, Low Head Tourist Park also has an enticing positioning. It too overlooks the river while being close to the beach.
A camp kitchen, BBQs, and a playground are among the leading facilities.
And with a relaxing ambience, the park is a wonderful place to unwind and indulge in the region’s tasty food and wine.
Looking to extend the journey? Note the following:
While small in stature, Ulverstone is a town big on appeal.
It starts with the location, perched on the banks of the Leven River where it greets Bass Strait. From here, it’s just 20km to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal.
The north coast holiday spot is also within striking distance of many key attractions and towns, ensuring it’s a great base for day-tripping.
Highlights of the town include:
Enjoy a seaside break at BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park. This enticing place is spotted directly across the road from Buttons Beach and is a stone’s throw to the town centre.
A Jumping Pillow and playground entertain younger players, and directly outside its back gate is Fairway Park (mentioned above).
Pet-friendly cabins and sites are included in the accommodation options.
The top stops along the way from Devonport to Stanley (with short detours) are Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport Terminal, The Nut State Reserve, and Devils@Cradle, a sanctuary for Tasmanian devils.
Stanley is a romantic town sitting on a slender sliver of land jutting out into the Bass Strait on Tasmania's northwest coast.
Stanley is remarkable for its incredibly well-preserved colonial buildings and its massive volcanic plug. The plug, known as 'The Nut' rises 150 metres out of the water and it dominates the small-town skyline.
Highlights of this charming coastal town include:
No Tasmanian road trip would be complete without a visit to iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
A diversion is required, but it’s well worth it. Factor in time to tackle one of the shorter strolls available among a network of famous, foot-slogging paths.
Further along, a collection of old mining towns tempt for a pitstop. They include Tullah, Rosebery, and Zeehan. The latter is home to the West Coast Heritage Centre, which explores the area’s rich past.
Tasmania’s west coast reveals a whole new side to the state. It’s wild and isolated yet endearing and magical, and it’s filled with memorable experiences.
At its heart is Strahan, a charming village that overlooks mighty Macquarie Harbour, which offers protection from the rugged ocean that roars nearby.
This destination is dripping with visual treats, fascinating tales from its brutal convict days, and other attractions and activities that ensure it makes a convincing case to be added to any Tasmania travel itinerary.
Highlights of the town include:
BIG4 Strahan Holiday Retreat firmly lives up to its name. An expansive garden setting, platypus streams, and a relaxed ambience create an inviting haven for guests.
Yet, conveniently, the park is within walking distance to the esplanade and beach.
A café, shop, and bottle shop are all located on site, joined by a camp kitchen and games room. Bike and kayak hire is available, and there’s an adventure playground only 200m from the front gate.
The drive between Strahan and Hobart is loaded with more eye candy, confirming that the best way to see Tasmania is via road.
The moonscape-like landscape that reveals itself along the Lyell Highway in and around Queenstown creates a stunning sight – although it is a result of historical mining and mass logging.
Further east is the popular trout fishing spot of Lake Burbury and then spectacular Nelson Falls, which can be reached with relative ease from the highway.
The tiny town of Derwent Bridge lies only a short distance to Lake St Clair. On the town’s eastern fringes is the incredibly intricate and impressive Wall In The Wilderness art project.
On the cusp of Hobart, the town of New Norfolk is filled with character and history and delivers sensational views from Pulpit Rock Lookout.
Planning a Tasmanian road trip begins with BIG4. Whether caravanning, camping, or enjoying a cabin stay, we have quality accommodation to suit right across the state.