This itinerary can be done on its own, or it could be added to the previous one of if you have the time.
Comparatively few visitors to Australia make it across the Bass Strait to Tasmania. This is a real shame as Tasmania has so much to offer the visitor. This week-long itinerary was designed to help you make the most of this captivating island.
Day 1 – Hobart
There is much to see and do in the Tasmanian state capital Hobart. You should at least make sure that you take in the Botanical Gardens, Salmanca Place (Restored Georgian townhouse enjoying a second lease of life as restaurants, galleries and pubs) and Cascade breweries (Australia's oldest)
Day 2 – Hobart to Port Arthur
Drive West from Hobart to visit the Bonorong National Park (where you can meet some of the local wildlife, including Tasmanian devils) and Richmond Village (a stunningly well preserved colonial era village). Aim to end your day in Port Arthur
, formerly one of the most infamous parts of the British penal system. Today it is a living museum recounting the horrors of transportation but also focusing on the new futures that some of the convicts carved out for themselves.
Day 3 – Port Arthur to Bicheno
Drive along the East coast of the island until you reach the rugged and breathtaking Freycinet peninsula with its view over Wineglass Bay. Continue on to Bicheno, a charming and vibrant seaside town. While there do your best to catch a glimpse of the fairy penguins for which the town is famous.
Day 4 – Bicheno to Launceston
Drive North, via St Helens, to the Tamar Valley and spend the rest of the day there visiting wine farms, berry farms, lavender fields and even a seahorse sanctuary! Continue on to Launceston
at the end of the day.
Day 5 – Launceston to Cradle Mountain
Go West from Launceston
to experience something of the majestic Cradle Mountain
– Lake St Clair National Park . The park forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the scenery is simply awe inspiring.
Day 6 – Cradle Mountain to Hobart
Spend the day travelling back to Hobart in order to catch your ferry or flight back to the mainland.