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Tasmania - Self-Drive Holiday, Touring around the Island of Tasmania 10 days 






Tasmania - Self-Drive Holiday  Touring around the Island of Tasmania. 


Tasmania, just an hour from mainland Australia, but light years away from the city hustle and bustle, is the perfect size for a self-drive holiday. Australia's compact Island State offers it all - rugged mountain landscapes, dense forest, open plains and welcoming sandy beaches. 



Then there is the history. From the earliest days of aboriginal settlement to the convict era under British colonial rule, Tasmania is imprinted with its past. And that's not all. Tasmania's deserved reputation as the clean and green Australian State (what more do you need to know than that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world) has provided fertile soil for food and wine producers.


The waters around Tasmania are home to some of the best edible fish in the world. Nothing beats a plate of Tasmanian oysters or salmon. Wilderness is the heart and soul of Tasmania. A pristine environment is home to the Huon pine, which live to over 2,000 years. Gorges, snow dusted mountains, fresh lakes of blue, rocky coastline, Tasmania is one-third national parks and wilderness area. 



Day 1      Arrive Launceston.




Collect your self drive car at the airport. Travel north on B41 and then Highway 1 to your selected accommodation in Launceston. After checking in, visit Penny Royal World (included in the Tassie Attraction Pass) in Paterson Street, or Cataract Gorge First Basin, where you can ride the chairlift across to the tearooms and gardens. After exploring the Gorge, travel from Launceston on A6 north to beyond Legana to the Grindewald Swiss Village. Return to Launceston.






 Day 2        Launceston to Swansea / Bicheno / Freycinet

prison house



Take Highway 1 south to Ross for an inspection of the historic township and the Tasmanian Wool Centre (included in the Tassie Attractions pass). Then take Highway 1 north to Campbell Town, turning east on B34 to A3.  Your pre-arranged accommodation can be in Swansea, Bicheno or Freycinet. Be sure to visit Freycinet National park and take a walk to Wine Glass Bay lookout.




 Day 3      Swansea to Port Arthur.
Port Arthur.In Swansea take the time to visit the historic Bark Mill and Wine and Wool Centre (included in the Tassie Attraction Pass). The complex is located on the western side of the road at the northern end of the township. Departing from Swansea on the A3, stop to view the convict-built Spiky Bridge some 5 km. south of Swansea on the western side of the road.
Continue south on A3 enjoying the magnificent coastal scenery through Triabunna, Orford and on to Buckland, where a stop is recommended to view the beautiful stained glass windows of the church of St. John the Baptist. Continue south to Sorrell, turn east on A9 and follow the road over the Dunalley Bridge, stopping at the Information Centre at Eaglehawk Neck. Visit the Tasman Arch, Tasman Blowhole and Devil's kitchen on C338 south before returning on C338 north to rejoin A9 south.

A stop at the Bush Mill (included in the Tassie Attraction pass) is a must (East on A9), as is a wander through Port Arthur Historic Site itself. Port Arthur, is Australia's most captivating historic site. Learn about the history of Port Arthur and Australia's convict heritage as experienced guides take you for a tour around the site. Entrance fees also include a harbour cruise. Overnight at Port Arthur. You may wish to join the Historic Ghost Tour of Port Arthur -  this you may do through your accommodation house.


Day 4     Port Arthur  / Richmond / Hobart
tasmania houseHead north on A9, stopping at the Tasmanian Devil Park (1 hour from Port Arthur). Continue north and then west on A9 to Sorrell, and then take A3 north to C35 1 west to Richmond. In Richmond, visit the Richmond Goal, walk across Australia's oldest bridge and step inside Australia's oldest Catholic Church. There are also various craft houses, tearooms and a Wine Centre to explore. Follow B31 south to A3 west to your accommodation in Hobart where you will spend three nights in total.

After checking in. a walk around the historic Battery Point and Salamanca areas is recommended.



Day 5       Hobart
hobartSightseeing in Hobart - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Hobart is nestled between Mount Wellington and the sea. White beaches on its outskirts, historic buildings at its heart, Australia's second-oldest city has a lifestyle all of its own. Browse through antique stores, discover stunning arts and crafts, linger over a coffee in one of the street cafes, explore the fishing harbour but do not, whatever you do, miss Salamanca Markets on Saturday morning. On Saturdays, the umbrellas go up and two blocks of stalls and shops are bustling with people and street buskers offering you some of the finest arts and crafts found in Tasmania.

Join a Derwent River Cruise (included in the Tassie Attraction Pass) and combine this with a tour of the famous Cadbury's Chocolate Factory. A short tour on Route 1 towards Brighton will take you to Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre. Make friends with wombats, koalas and Tasmanian Devils and feed the friendly, free ranging kangaroos.
Day 6       Hobart / Huon Valley / Hobart
Huon valleySouth of Hobart is the Huon Valley and D' Entrecasteau Channel district. Orchards stripe the Huon Valley, blossom in the spring and are laden with fruit by late summer. Visit the Huon Valley Apple and Heritage Museum for an introduction to the early apple processing machinery and history of the Huon or take a cruise for a tour of Tasmania's Atlantic salmon farms. If you are feeling like some fun, enjoy the Devil Jet Boat for a thrilling 30 minute ride with excitement, exhilaration and beautiful scenery. Return to Hobart.
Day 7       Hobart to Strahan
StrahanDepart Hobart on Highway 1 north to Granton, then west on AlO through the historic village of New Norfolk. A stop at Hamilton, famous for its craft centres, is suggested. Proceed on to Derwent Bridge and take C193 north to Lake St. Clair after inspecting the Visitor Centre. Return south to A1O and continue west into Queenstown. On the way, about 21 kms. east of Queenstown, stop for a short walk of the Nelson's Falls nature trail on the northern side of the highway - a very simple and level walk to experience the ferns and trees that are typical of the World Heritage Area.

You will pass through Queenstown (famous for its copper mining and denuded "lunar" landscape) where you could stay overnight, or you may wish to continue on AlO to B24 west to Strahan for your overnight stay.

Day 8      Strahan to Cradle Mountain.
cradle mountainFrom the wharf in Strahan, take a Gordon River cruise (included in the Tassie Attraction Pass). The cruise leaves early in the morning and takes you to the heart of the World Heritage Area, giving you the opportunity to leave the boat for a short walk at Heritage Landing. Return to the wharf via Hell's Gate and Sarah Island. Drive north on B27 to Zeehan to visit the west coast Pioneer Memorial Museum. Head north on AlO through the mining town of Roseberry, and turn east on C132 to Cradle Mountain.
Cradle Mountain is part of the World Heritage Area and provides many opportunities for walking, climbing, fishing and just soaking up the magnificent scenery, including the views across Dove Lake to the mountain itself. Stay overnight at Cradle Mountain Lodge. You may want to spend two nights in this wonderful wilderness area.

Day 9        Cradle Mountain to Launceston.

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Return on the C132 extension to C132 east - follow this route to Moina and take C136 east to Sheffield, the town of murals. Then follow B14 east to C156 east to B13 south to Highway 1 east. Follow Highway 1 to Launceston for an overnight stay. Should time allow, you can visit the Ashgrove Cheese factory just north on Highway 1 at Elizabeth Town.



Day 10       Depart Launceston by air   


 This suggested itinerary can be tailored to suit your own requirements. It can also include other destinations in Tasmania or elsewhere in Australia.