Routing: Hobart to Hobart
Duration: 8 Days
From AUD$1,270.00* per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation, 8 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, full breakfast in Cradle Mountain & Coles Bay and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$1,340.00* per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation, 8 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, full breakfast in Coles Bay and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$1,665.00* per person, based on boutique double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation, 8 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, continental breakfast in Strahan, full breakfast in Cradle Mountain & Coles Bay and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Hobart to Strahan (300 km)
Depart Hobart this morning and travel via New Norfolk on the Lyall Highway – a spectacular road across the heart of Tasmania to the village of Strahan. Continue through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. A number of excellent short walks lead off the highway to rainforests, waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. Stop in Queenstown, surrounded by stark mountains, giving the town an eerie look. There are good views from Spion Kop Lookout, in the centre of town. Continue as the road winds along to the quiet town of Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour. Strahan is the only town on Tasmania’s forbidding west coast.
DAY 02: Strahan to Cradle Mountain National Park (159 km)
This morning you can take an optional cruise along the Gordon River. Cruises depart at 9am and return at 2pm. Depart Strahan and travel north to Zeehan, which was a booming mining town in the early 1900’s. The Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its walking tracks with spectacular mountain peaks, deep gorges, lakes, wild open moorlands and an incredible variety of wildlife.
DAY 03: Cradle Mountain National Park
Today is at your leisure to explore Cradle Mountain National Park including the many walks and spectacular scenery.
DAY 04: Cradle Mountain National Park to Launceston (155 km)
Depart Cradle Mountain and travel east to Mole Creek. Along the way visit Marakoopa Cave, a wet cave which features two underground streams and an incredible glow-worm display. Continue east to Deloraine. You can also take short detours to visit some local gourmet delights such as local honey and cheese producers as well as a raspberry farm. Continue onto Launceston, the ‘Garden City’, the second largest city in Tasmania, and the centre of Tasmania’s north. It is nestled in the hilly country where the Tamar, North Esk and South Esk rivers meet. Only 10 minutes from the city centre is the magnificent Cataract Gorge, here almost vertical cliffs line the banks of the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar.
DAY 05: Launceston to St Helens (169 km)
Depart Launceston and travel north-east to Scottsdale, regarded as the hub of the North East serving some of the richest agricultural and forest country in Tasmania. Near Pyengana take a walk to St Columba Falls and pick up some local gourmet cheese. Continue east to the small bayside town of St Helens, a fishing port well known for its crayfish, flounder and scallops. Visit The Gardens and the Bay of Fires Coastal Reserves near Binalong Bay for stunning beaches.
DAY 06: St Helens to Freycinet National Park (115 km)
Travel south to Freycinet National Park. Along the way travel through the towns of Scamander and St Mary’s, before stopping for pancakes at Elephant Pass. Or take the coast road from Falmouth to the Chain of Lagoons. Stop at the small resort town of Bicheno before continuing south through Coles Bay to the Freycinet National Park. Stop along the way to explore the Friendly Beaches.
DAY 07: Freycinet National Park
Time at leisure today to explore all that the Freycinet National Park and has to offer, including abundant wildlife, spectacular beaches including Wineglass Bay and a variety of walking trails.
DAY 08: Freycinet National Park to Hobart (377 km)
Make an early start this morning, so you can spend some time at Port Arthur, south of Hobart. As you depart Freycinet perhaps make a stop near Swansea at one of the local wineries or berry farm. Continue south on the Tasman Highway to Sorell then onto the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur. Port Arthur is perhaps Australia’s best-known historic site and has the well-preserved convict settlement ruins. Leave Port Arthur, travel back along the Arthur Highway to Sorrell. On the way, pass by Eaglehawk Neck and visit the Blowhole and Tasman’s Arch. Cross the Derwent River to reach Hobart on the Tasman Highway. If time permits you can also travel back to Hobart via the historic village of Richmond, with many treasures of Tasmania’s colonial past.
Note, your vehicle is booked until tomorrow and should be returned by the same time it was collected on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.
*Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2020. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.