Up next on our Holiday Here This Year Summer Road Trip Series is the beautiful Tasmania. Known for its stunning natural beauty, incredible cultural and adventure experiences, an intriguing history and some of the best food and wine is Australia, it truly has something for everyone.
We’ve done the hard work for you and planned the perfect weeklong road trip that takes in some of Tasmania’s best sights. If you only have a weekend free, you can easily hook up your van or jump in your motorhome and just go on part of the trip.
Stop 1 – Strahan
Kick off your Tassie adventure by travelling 41km from Queenstown to Strahan. This gorgeous harbour side village boasts stunning views of Tasmania’s rugged wilderness alongside the stunning west coast.
Be sure to book in for a breathtaking cruise along the Gordon River with World Heritage Cruises. The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also nearby and will be one of the highlights for your entire trip. This World Heritage Area has dramatic mountain peaks and gorges that will leave you in awe.
If you are a history buff, you can’t go past a visit to Sarah Island. The Island is Tasmania’s oldest convict settlement and was used as a penal settlement so has some pretty interesting history.
Stop 2 – Strathgordon
You next stop is a cruisy 333km drive to reach Strathgordon. Along the way, we highly recommend taking a pitstop at Derwent Bridge to discover The Wall in the Wilderness.
Located within the Tasmanian wilderness, nearby Lake Pedder, Strathgordon is surrounded by incredible landscapes and bushwalks. There are endless opportunities for adventure here, whether it be going on a bushwalk, abseiling or kayaking. If you’re lucky enough to be here at the right time, you may even catch an aurora at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge.
Stop 3 – Hobart
Next stop is Hobart! Located 155km from Strathgordon, Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and is well known for its dynamic food scene and cultural experiences galore. Plus, it is home to the famous Salamanca weekend markets, so make sure you spend a few days here. Spend your morning strolling around the markets before heading 30 minutes out of the city centre for a walk up the beautiful Mount Wellington. Once you’ve finished exploring, head back into the city to dine out at one of Tasmania’s many foodie spots where you’ll be treated to plenty of local produce.
Finally, no trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).
Stop 4 – Port Arthur
Port Arthur is a great day trip from Hobart. Located around 100km, or a 90 minute drive from Hobart, Port Arthur is one place where you can truly soak in Tasmania’s intriguing yet tragic history. The World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site is a must visit as Australia’s most intact convict sites. With over 30 buildings and ruins to explore, this is something the whole family will enjoy. As an added extra, you can also experience a Port Arthur Ghost tour at the site, but trust us, this is not for the faint hearted.
Stop 5 – Binalong Bay
Located just over 260km from Hobart is the township on Bindalong Bay. It is at the southern end of the famous Bay of Fires and is known for its blue seas and fine white sand. There is camping galore in the area and plenty to do including nature walks, fishing, snorkelling and of course stunning beaches to enjoy. Bindalong Bay is a great base to explore the Bay of Fires, a 50-kilometre-long stretch of coast.
Stop 5 – Launceston
Your final stop before heading home is Launceston, located 178km from Bindalong Bay. Located in the North of the state, Launceston is home to stunning sweeping valleys and some incredible foodie destinations. Just a stone’s throw from the city is Tamar Valley and the Tamar Valley Wine Trail. If you are more of a beer person, you can’t go past a visit to the James Boag Brewery.
One for the kids is Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, an incredible adventure park about 20 minutes from the city. With a zipline, tree ropes and Segway tours, this will keep the family entertained for hours.
Finally, a visit to the area is not complete without exploring the Cataract Gorge Reserve. With walking tracks, a swimming pool and the world’s largest single-span chairlift, this is the perfect place for a picnic.