Self-drive Tasmania

Tasmania or "Tassie" as it’s fondly known, is an inverted leafy triangle just a few hundred miles tall and not much wider across the top on the Australian map. But for those planning a road trip of Tasmania, appearances can be deceiving. Down amidst the greenery, there are very few straight roads, most are two lanes wide – untameable wilderness, and mysterious beauty.

A self-drive road trip takes longer than you may think, but, with a bit of planning, you can experience the very best of the island state on a tight schedule. Here’s our version of a classic Tasmania road trip guide to encourage you to this premier Australian tourism destination.

Some facts about Tasmania:

·         Tasmania is the most mountainous state of Australia.

·         Over 45% of Tasmania is considered National Park.

·         Tasmania is comparable to Ireland in size.

·         Tasmania proves true the saying “Four seasons in a day”.

·         Tasmania has the cleanest air in world.

·         Most of population of Tasmania resides in the South East and North coasts

Getting around Tassie:

There are no passenger trains on the island, and internal flights can make a-hole-in-your-pocket. While buses link the main centers, a self-drive road trip is a great way to go.

Don’t miss:

·         Bay of Fires on the NE coast

·         Bridestowe Lavender Estate

·         Cataract Gorge

·         Cradle Mountain

·         Freycinet Peninsula

·         Wineglass Bay

·         Gordon River

·         Hastings Caves

·         Mole Creek Karst

·         MONA

·         Salamanca Place (Market on Saturdays only)

·         Stanley Nut

·         Tahune Forest Airwalk

·         Mt Wellington

Hobart

Hobart, the Tasmanian capital, is the best place to begin this self-driving tour - we'll head counter-clockwise.

Before heading off, don’t miss checking out Hobart's waterfront and Salamanca Market, and enjoy a beer at the iconic Knopwood’s Retreat. Go to the Cascade Brewery, drive to the top of Mt Wellington, and visit MONA (Museum of Old & New Art), a world-class art institution that’ll leave you spellbound.

The peninsula is a beautiful place, with excellent walks by sheer sea cliffs, wild surf beaches -  and potential encounters with the native Tasmanian Devils!

Hobart to Port Arthur – During the drive to Port Arthur's historic convict colony via Dover, stop at the Colonial and Convict Exhibition at Copping, the superb beaches at Pirates Bay and Crescent Bay, don’t miss the Tahune air walk, and the Hastings caves.

Port Arthur to Freycinet – On your way towards Freycinet enjoy Coles Bay with its picturesque scenery and beaches. Don’t miss the Freycinet National Park, or Wineglass Bay ... have a camera with you!

Freycinet to Launceston– Toward Launceston, stop at Fingal Valley and Elephant Pass. Also, visit the beautifully restored 19th century Clarendon House in the historic town of Evandale. BTW, its Sunday morning market is very popular.

The second largest city in Tasmania is a deservedly major tourist attraction. Check out the longest single span chairlift at Cataract Gorge. Take a trip to the nearby Tasmania Zoo.

Launceston to Cradle Mountain – Drive to Cradle Mountain – deservedly one of Tasmania’s principal tourist sites. Find the historic township of Deloraine and the sprawling and scenic Woolmers Estate, on your way. Lake St Claire National Park is the gateway to the panoramic Cradle Mountain. A hike through the different trails of Cradle Mountain would certainly be worthwhile.

Cradle Mountain to Stanley – You can now head back to Hobart via Stanley, stopping by at Derwent Bridge, Strahan and Russell Falls. Don’t forget to catch a cruise on the Gordon River in Strahan. The Tasmanian wilderness is simply spectacular.

[For more driving pleasure : Driving The Great Ocean Road]

Top 10 Activities around Tasmania:

·         The Overland Track

·         Wild Life Watching

·         Bicycle Touring

·         Vineyard Hopping

·         Hang Gliding

·         Flying Fox at Hollybank Treetops Adventures

·         Kayaking

·         Scuba Diving

·         Surfing

·         Trout Fishing

5 Foods you Must Try in Tasmania:

·         Dairy – cheeses, milk and yogurt

·         Fruit & Vegetables

·         Christmas Hills Raspberries

·         Seafood – oysters, abalone and ocean trout

·         Anvers Chocolates & Fudge

Jonathan Campbell

Aussie Trip Advisor, 12H Nob Hill, Roseland NJ 07068

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