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Weekenders from Hobart 

WITH NISSAN

With our partners at Nissan, we’re highlighting a couple of inviting TAS locations that create the ideal weekend road trip from Hobart.

St Helens' divine location sets the tone for a memorable escape. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

St Helens

In a sentence: This charming northeast coastal town overlooks striking Georges Bay and is central to a wealth of amazing natural wonders.

The drive: Choose between a 250km inland route taking in some of the state’s most attractive towns like Oatlands and Ross. Or take the slightly longer stretch that hugs spectacular coastline and factor in a stop at Bicheno to view its famous blowhole.

St Helens' bike trails are a major attraction. Credit: J. Da Seymour Photomedia.

Top attractions in St Helens

  • St Helens mountain biking trails: An almighty world-class network.
  • Fishing tours: This is the state’s game-fishing capital, after all.
  • Mainly Maritime: Museum with a massive collection.
  • St Helens Point Conservation Area: Rugged beaches and sublime views.

What’s nearby: Iconic Bay of Fires conservation area is must-visit material, but Evercreech Forest and St Columba Falls are just as Insta-worthy.

Stay at: BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.

Simply irresistible. Bay of Fires. Credit: Stu Gibson.

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Tamar Valley

In a sentence: Sliced by the Tamar River, this stunning region takes famed food and wine and pairs it with a feast of fascinating attractions.

The drive: The 305km route (to Kelso) passes attractive heritage-rich towns along the Midland Highway as mentioned in the St Helens section – Campbell Town is another eye-catcher – before reaching Launceston and heading to the top of the state.

Josef Chromy Wines is a Tamar Valley icon. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

Top attractions in Tamar Valley

  • Tamar Valley Wine Route: Cellar doors aplenty.
  • Seahorse World: Deserves its name.
  • Glengarry Bush Maze: Get lost among beauty.
  • Platypus House: Guaranteed sightings!
  • Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre: Simply compelling.
  • Brady's Lookout: Excellent views, bushranger style.

What’s nearby: Narawntapu National Park is stuffed with goodies, including engaging wildlife.

Stay at: BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park or BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

The scenery in the Tamar Valley is spectacular. Pictured: Low Head. Credit Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

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