This is the ultimate 21 day Adventure trip itinerary. We spent just over 7 months travelling around Tasmania in our caravan and absolutely fell in love. I think it is the only state in Australia where you are able to drive a few kilometers and discover new beauty around every corner. This island offers so much to see and do, you could spend a lifetime here and still not discover everything in Tasmania. I think you could have a whirlwind trip around Tasmania in 7-14 days just prepare to be driving a lot each day or a more relaxed approach would be spending 21 days here. You can follow this itinerary exactly or tailor to suit your own style of travel. The distance covered is 110 km to 250 km at most per driving day , feel free to use this guide but change it up to suit your abilities and lifestyle.
This itinerary will start in Devonport but you are able to follow the itinerary from Hobart to. When we arrived in Tasmania we arrived at Devonport off the ferry and headed Clockwise towards the Bay of fires. All accommodation is based on 2 adults, If you would like more hotels or want to book your accommodation Click Here or if you prefer to stay in a Home/Apartment instead of a Hotel, here’s a discount link for your first booking on Airbnb Click here. At the end of this blog I have added more information about, Getting to Tasmania, The best time to visit, Information on a Parks and wildlife pass and The top apps to have while your on your road trip.
Day 1 of the ultimate road trip
Arrive in Devonport off the Spirit of Tasmania.
If you’re reaching Tasmania by ferry from Melbourne, you’ll disembark in the city of Devonport. We spent our first week in Railton which is just 20 minute drive from Devonport. Once you arrive off the ferry into Devonport. I would spend the day exploring one of the many beaches, parks or coastal walks and stay one night in Devonport. Click Here for more things to explore in Devonport and the surrounding areas. Another great waterfall to check out is Forth Falls located just 40 minutes from Devonport.
Accommodation one night Devonport
Camping-Forth Recreation Ground free for Self Contained Vehicles
Discovery parks Cabin from $109 per night Or Campsite for unpowered from $33 and Ensuite powered site from $43
Inn Seaclusion Sea view- One bedroom apartment from $130 per night
Waterfront apartments from $209 per night
Day 2- Drive towards Launceston Via Sheffield and Liffey falls
This Drive is 138 km 2 hour 9 minutes.
Leave Devonport and head towards Sheffield for lunch. Take a look around the towns art murals, there is a walk just behind the visitor center where you can see the Art Mural display. If your after a lunch spot in Sheffield check out Bossimi’s Sheffield Bakehouse they have a great selection of pies including my favorite chicken and camembert pie. Also while in Sheffield make sure you check out there local fruit shop its all local fresh produce and reasonable priced. After Sheffield stop past Ashgrove cheese in Elizabethtown for a great local cheese stop. In the afternoon head to Liffey falls, it’s a 45 minute 2km return walk from the upper car park. Once you leave the falls it is a 40 minute drive into Launceston. In the evening if your up for an adventure walk/ride along the Tamar river in Launceston and stop past Rupert and Hound for Dinner. For bookings and the menu click Here.
Spend a night in Sheffield and 2 nights in Deloraine. In Sheffield you can walk to Kimberley’s lookout or head out to Mt Roland and walk to Minnow falls. Then head to Deloraine and spend Two nights exploring the town. In town you can walk along the river, Otherwise head out of Deloraine and head to Meander forest reserve where you can take a walk to Bastion cascades or Meander falls. Another nice walk we found is just a 15 minute drive out of Deloraine is Montana Falls this is a easy 40 minute return walk. Click Here for the latest blog on Deloraine.
Day 3- Explore Launceston.
-Explore Launceston by bike and taste some of the tasty local food and drinks on a cycle tour .
-Explore Cataract Gorge on foot or take a cruise along the Tamar river.
-Explore the Tamar Wetlands
Check out this blog for more things to do in Launceston.
Optional– if you want to explore the outer suburbs of Launceston.
-Take a day trip out to Ben Lomond national park 1 hour from Launceston.
-Explore Grindelwald or Beaconsfield 30 minute drive out of Launceston.
-Day trip to greens beach, Explore Narawntapu National Park it is a 50 minute drive out of Launceston
2 night Accommodation in Launceston
Camping- Old mac’s Farm $15, This camp ground is for fully self contained vehicles only
Camping- At Big4 holiday park in Launceston for powered site from $39 or Cabin from $135 (Tamar Villa)
Mid range accommodation- Leisure inn Penny royal, Queen room from $135
Luxury- Peppers Silo, Double room from $274
Day 4- Drive from Launceston to Bay of fires
The Drive is 161 km 2 hours 24 minutes.
To break up the drive stop at the beautiful Bridestowe lavender field the lavender field is best viewed between December and February when the lavenders are in full bloom. Another stop I would recommend is stopping at St columba falls in the town of Pyengana, it is well worth the stop and only a short walk to the falls. Once you arrive at The Bay of fires you will notice the orange lichen on the rocks and the crystal clear blue water. In the evening make sure you head to one of the beaches and go for a sunset walk along the beach.
Optional– Spend a night at Derby this place is for the keen Mountain bike riders or a place to relax at the Floating Sauna at the Derby lake. You also could drive a short 20 minutes to the famous little blue lake.
There is free camping in Derby or accommodation from $300 per night on Air BnB.
Day 5- Explore St Helens
-Explore the Peron dunes
-Relax at one of the many beaches.
-Explore the rock pools
-Go mountain biking at St Helens Mountain bike track.
2 night St Helens Bay of fires Accommodation
Camping- Sloop reef click here for more free campsites at the Bay of Fires
Queechy Motel, Queen room with water view from $130
Pelican Point Sanctuary, One Bedroom cottage from $170
Bay of Fires Apartments, King Suite from $200
Day 6- St Helens to Coles Bay
Drive 1 hour 32 minutes 114 km to Coles Bay.
Leave Bay of fires in the morning and head towards Freycient National park. Stop past Bicheno on your way and make sure to stop past the Lobster Shack for lunch. You could also check out the Bicheno Blowhole and the whale lookout which is a 10 minute round trip giving you amazing views over Bicheno.
Day 7-Freycient National Park
Explore the national park click here for more information on what to see and explore at Freycient. If weather permits I would recommend the Mt Amos hike or the wineglass bay lookout hike. Drive out to cape Tourville Lighthouse and explore Coles bay. In the afternoon relax on one of the beaches in Freycient national park.
Two night Accommodation at Coles Bay
Freycient National Park Camping- Richardson beach $16 per night
Big4 Iluka on Freycient cabin from $132 per night
Freycient resort from $265 per night.
Day 8- Drive Coles Bay to Triabunna/Orford
Drive 108 km 1 hours and 25 minutes.
On the way to Triabunna or Orford stop past Swansea. Check out Kates Berry farm and the spiky bridge. In the evening for sunset head to Three Thumbs Lookout, it has amazing views looking out to Maria island. For more information on the East coast Click Here.
Stay at 1 night at Triabunna or Orford
Camping free at the back of Spring hotel in Triabunna
Caravan Park- Triabunna cabin and caravan park. Powered site from $40, Click Here for more information and bookings.
Orford Blue water hotel from $149 per night
Orford sands house B&B from $198 per night
Day 9-Maria island and Port Arthur
Catch the 8:30am boat across to Maria island, Boat prices start from $45 return for an adult, For more information click Here. It is worth hiring a bike for the day as the island is quite big it cost $33 a day, Click Here for more information and booking a bike. Once you arrive at Maria island go explore the island, We checked out the painted cliffs, The fossil cliffs and Hiked to the peak of Mt Maria. At around 3:30pm the cute wombats come out this is a good time to get a glimpse of these adorable wombats. Catch the 4pm boat back to Triabunna. Stop at the Fish van for an early dinner, Once you hop off the ferry it is located across the road. In the evening head to Port Arthur which is (91.3 km 1 hour 31 minutes).
Optional- Spend an extra night in Triabunna or Orford before heading to Port Arthur.
Day 10- Explore Port Arthur and Eaglehawk neck
In the morning walk around the Port Arthur Historic Centre. Entrance is from $40 per Adult, your ticket includes a 40 minute guided walking tour and a 25 minute Harbour cruise. Stop past Doo-Lishus for lunch which is located at Eaglehawk neck. Whilst in the area go explore the Fossil cliffs and the blowhole. After lunch head to the Tasman’s arch, Devils kitchen, Waterfall bay and the tessellated pavements. Click Here for more information on the places to Explore in Port Arthur.
Two night Accommodation Port Arthur-
Nrma Port Arthur Holiday Park where you can stay at a number of camping from $27 per night Cabins from $ 102 per night
Port Arthur Villars from $148 per night
Stewarts Bay lodge from $237 per night
Day 11- Port Arthur to Hobart Via Richmond.
Drive 122 km 1 hour 44 minutes.
In the morning head to Richmond stop past the Richmond bakery for lunch and go check out the Richmond Bridge, if visiting between October to April stop past Littlewood Berry Farm for strawberry picking. In the afternoon drive up to Mt wellington for sunset where you will get spectacular views over Hobart. On the way back down the mountain stop in at Fern tree tavern for dinner and drinks.
Day 12- A day trip to Bruny island from Hobart
Check out what to do in Bruny island for the day Here. The ferry is from $38 for vehicles less then 6 meters Click Here for more information on the Ferry.
For 1 day on Bruny Island I would suggest to Head to Adventure Bay in the morning either walk the Grassy point walk, Fluted cape Hike or the Mavista nature walk. Then have a picnic for lunch or Drive to ‘Get shucked’(Oyster restaurant). In the afternoon head to Cape queen Elizabeth it’s a 2 hour return walk check the tides before heading here Or having a relaxing afternoon at Adventure bay.
In the Evening head to Raincheck lounge for Dinner its located in North Hobart.
Day 13- The ultimate day in Hobart
-Salamanca markets it is on every Saturday in Hobart
-Explore Wellington Park and explore one of the many walking trails, waterfalls or lookouts
-For the keen hikers Hike to Cathedral rock
-Explore the Hobart Rivulet and the Cascade Brewery.
-Check out the Mona Museum. This world class gallery/museum was founded by Tasmanian millionaire David Walsh to showcase his private art collection to the public. Mona is filled with interesting, beautiful, weird and whacky art exhibits. You can also take a Ferry to the museum from the Hobart waterfront. Prices start from $30 per Adult and bookings are a must. The museum is only open Friday- Mondays.
-Head to the Botanical Gardens
Top your day off with sunset drinks and dinner at The Lounge by Frogmore Creek located on the Hobart Waterfront.
Click Here for the Top things to see and do in Hobart.
3 night Accommodation Hobart
Camping Hobart river views $15 per night per person
Ibis styles Hobart from $125
Movenpick hotel from $265 per night
Add an extra two nights to explore Tahune adventures, Hartz National Park, Huonville and Cockle Creek. At Cockle Creek Walk to the Southern most point of Australia. This area is a nice place to relax and explore the Southern Edge drive.
Day 14- Hobart to Lake St Clair–
Drive 2 hour 29 minutes 179 km.
In the morning leave Hobart and head towards Lake St Clair. Along the drive stop past Tarraleah Falls, It is a short 45 minute circuit. The walk starts from the car park cross over the bridge with the big pipes underneath from here you will walk through the forest and pass an abandon tree top walk continue along the path until you arrive at the waterfall. After Tarraleah falls continue along the road and stop past Bronte park where you will reach the geographical center of Tasmania.
Lake St Clair
In the Afternoon choose a short walk to check out the stunning Lake St Clair lake check out the walks Here.
One night accommodation at Derwent bridge
Derwent wilderness hotel free camping for self contained vehicles, If you have a tent head to lake St Clair campground from $30 per night.
Derwent bridge chalet from $190 per night
Lake St Clair lodge from $242 per night
Stay at Mount field national park for 2 nights. There is plenty of walks and waterfalls to see around the national park we walked around Lake Dobson which is an easy 40 minute circuit. We also walked the 3 waterfall track which takes about 2 hours to complete. It is also worth a day trip or spend the night out at Strathgordon to see Gordons dam wall for more information click Here. This area is beautiful, it has plenty of nature walks and waterfalls to explore.
Day- 15- Derwent Bridge to Strahan via Queenstown
Drive 1 hr. 59 min – 126 km
In the morning drive from Lake St Clair to Queenstown. On the way stop past Frenchman’s cape Suspension bridge a short 15 minute return walk. Then stop past Nelsons falls which is a short 20 minute walk. Just before you arrive to Queenstown stop past Iron Blow lookout and Horsetail falls. In Queenstown walk around the town and check out the Art Murals and the Queenstown Station. For Lunch stop at the Tracks Café here you can also explore the Railway Museum .After Lunch head to Strahan a 45 minutes drive along the 99 bend road.
Spend 1 night in Queenstown their is a $5 donation camp at Queenstown oval Or the Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park powered sites from $30 and unpowered from $20 or Accommodation at The Empire Hotel from $85 per night. Whilst in Queenstown you can hop on board the West coast Wilderness Railway.
Day 16- Strahan
-World heritage River Cruise ‘spirit of the wild’. The Gordon river cruises takes you through the UNESCO Tasmanian world heritage area including the Hell’s gate and Sarah’s Island, for more information click Here
-Wilderness railway train. Option of Half day tour or Full day tour for more information click Here
-Hogarth falls a 2.5km 50 minute return walk, Grade 2.
-Head to the Henty dunes a short 15 Minute drive from Strahan.
2 nights Accommodation Strahan.
Strahan retreat holiday park camping from $40 and Cabins from $104
Risby cover from $210 per night
Aloft Boutique Accommodation from $143 per night
Day 17- Strahan to Cradle Mountain
Drive 139km 1 hour 54 minutes to Cradle mountain information center.
Leave Strahan in the morning stop past the town of Roseberry to see Montezuma falls. It is a 8km/3 hour return walk to find out more click here. In the afternoon settle into your accommodation at One of Cradle mountains resorts. Weather depending complete one of the short walks in the afternoon.
Short walks at Cradle Mountain:
The king Billy circuit 40 minute return
The Enchanted walk 20 minute return
Kynvet and Pencil Pine circuit 45 minutes return
Day 18- Cradle Mountain
Take one of the many walks at Cradle Mountain. Click here for the Ultimate day at Cradle Mountain.
Choose from one of the short walks.
All these walks start at the Ranger station:
Enchanted walk 20 minute circuit
Kynvet and Pencil Pine circuit 45 minutes return
King Billy track 40 minute return
Rainforest walk 20 minute return
Lake Lilla 40 Minute return
Choose a half day walk: 2-3 hour return walks
Dove canyon walk
Cradle valley board walk 2-3 hour one way
Dove lake circuit
Crater lake or Crater falls
Choose a full day walk: 4-6 hour return
Marion’s lookout via Kitchen hut
Cradle Mountain summit
Hanson’s peak via the Face track
Horse track to Crater Peak and Kitchen Hut
2 nights Accommodation Cradle Mountain
Free camping in Moina at Lake Gairdner 25 minutes from Cradle Mountain
Discovery parks- Cradle mountain Cabin from $178, Camping from $65 non powered site or $77 for a powered site
Peppers lodge Cradle Mountain from $229
Cradle mountain hotel from $164 per night
Day 19- Cradle mountain to Stanley
Drive 2 hour 5 minutes 176 km
When you arrive at Stanley explore the town and climb the Nut. In the evening head over Godfrey’s beach to see the Penguins when the sun goes down.
One night accommodation Stanley
Stanley recreation ground $10 per night (Self Contained only)
Stanley cabin and Tourist park Cabin cabins start From $99 per night and Powered site from $30
Hanlon House, Standard Bungalow from $134 with a double bed
Touchwood Cottages, Cottage with double bed from $190 Breakfast included
Ship Inn Stanley, Double rooms from $303 includes breakfast
Optional– Spend an extra two days and go explore Tarkine drive and Arthur river for more information on this area Click Here
Day 20- Stanley to Burnie
Drive 1 hour 13 minutes 95km
Leave Stanley head to Table cape Lighthouse in Wynyard then continue to Penguin. In the evening drive to Sulphur creek to see the Penguins when the sun has set.
Penguin 1 night
Free camp- Sulphur creek
Caravan Park from $30 per night, for more information on prices click Here.
The Madsen Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Double Room from $129
Penguin beachfront apartments, Park View Apartment from $160 per night
Penguin Waterfront Escape, One bedroom Studio Apartment with Ocean View from $220
Optional- One Night at Boat Harbour to explore Rocky Cape national park for more information click Here
Day 21- Penguin to Devonport
Drive 30km 22 minutes
Drive from Penguin to Devonport and Catch the ferry back to Melbourne
Optional– Add an extra night in Devonport before you catch the ferry back to Melbourne.
There is free camping for fully self contained vehicles at Forth Recreation ground which is 15 minutes from Devonport.
Mersey Bluff caravan park powered site from $37 per night and a Cabin from $170 per night.
Barclay Motor Inn from $135 per night
Waterfront Apartments from $215 Per night
When is the best time to visit Tasmania ?
When talking about weather in Tasmania the weather is very unpredictable you can have 4 seasons in one day. Taking that in count be prepared with your swimsuit and raincoat anytime of the year you come. We arrived in Tassie in summer and the weather had warm days and cold days this also is the most popular time tourist visit Tasmania. To give you an Idea the average maximum in Hobart is 21.7 degrees in January (which is the hottest month) and 11.7 degrees in July (the coldest month). Tasmania is a fair bit colder than mainland Australia and averaging 44 days of total sun and 149 partly sunny days a year. Aim for summer (December to January) if you prefer warmer days just keep in mind its bushfire season. If you prefer cool to mild weather aim for spring or Autumn, It should be also be cheaper than if you were to travel in Summer. For crisp air and the chance to see snow visit in Winter. We arrived in Tasmania in December and left Tasmania in July, We discovered the east coast of Tasmania in the Summer and then headed to the West coast in April. Do be prepared for rainy days on the west coast, the average amount of rainy days in Queenstown is 242 days of the year so be prepared to rug up and have a rain jacket.
The Spirit of Tasmania
The Ferry leaves from Port Melbourne and arrives in Devonport the travel time of the crossing varies from 9-11 hours and you will need to check in at least 45 minutes prior to departing. The benefits of sailing instead of flying is you can bring everything with you including your vehicle. That means no parking or hire car costs and also no hire fees for all your hiking & camping gear, bikes, golf clubs, surfboards or even kayaks. You can also bring your pet along to as the have kennels to hold your dog whilst you sail across. You have the option of a Day sail or Night sail. Their is a number of accommodation options and whether your doing the day or night I would book some sort of accommodation so you have your own space to relax back and freshen up. If your after a budget option the recliners are from $39pp or the cabins start from $150 and you can fit up to 4 people in a cabin. Booking the tickets is easy Click Here for the Spirit of Tasmania Booking Page.
The other way to get to Tasmania is flying from your state to either Launceston or Hobart.
From here I would recommend hiring a vehicle as the best way to see the little island is by self driving you can hire a car or motorhome to begin your road trip. Car Hire starts from $110 per day and Motorhome hire starts from $310 per day for a 2 person set up.
Parks and wildlife pass
Since most Tasmania has 19 National parks you are bound to stop by a few national parks. You are able to get a daily pass to a national park which is $40 for 24 hours. A way more economical option is to purchase a 2 month pass for $80 per vehicle or a yearly pass which is $90 and will include the shuttle in cradle mountain. If you plan on doing Cradle mountain I would purchase the yearly as it would be an extra $25 per person to get the shuttle in Cradle Mountain. Their is discounts for concession holders and seniors. You can purchase your pass online Here or as you arrive at a national park there will be a Parks and wildlife office where you can purchase your pass.
The best apps to download before your road trip
Gas finder- A great free app to find all the best prices for gas refuels or swaps.
All trails– To find all the walks in your area there is the option to go pro which costs $30 per year this gives you the trails offline as well when your out walking and have no reception.
Petrol Spy– A great free app for updated Petrol/Diesel Prices.
Trail Forks– For all the mountain bike trails. This app is free for a limited time of use, it costs $36 a yearly subscription.
Wiki Camps– To find all the best free and low cost camps around.
BOM weather– For all your updated weather reports and weather warnings in your area.