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The perfect Tasmania road trip – An unforgettable 2 weeks in Tassie

This fantastic Tasmania road trip itinerary will help you plan 2 weeks around Australia’s largest island.  Unique and varied, we highly recommend planning a visit to this bucket list destination.

Tasmania, also known as Tassie, is a large island south of mainland Australia.

It’s actually one of the 6 states of Australia and a great destination for outdoors lovers

Whether you’re going on a vacation from Sydney like I did, hopping across on the ferry from Melbourne, or are flying straight to Tasmania from another part of the world, this 2 week Tasmania road trip itinerary will help you plan the Tassie trip of a lifetime!

A beautiful beach on Tasmania.

An Overview of your 2 week Tasmania road trip

Without further ado, you can find below the full itinerary for your Tasman road trip; each day is lined out with the activities for the day.

If you don’t have time to read the full guide, don’t worry; just save the list below and use it to plan your trip…

  • Day 1
    • Hobart
  • Day 2
    • Fossil Bay Lookout
    • Tasmans Arch
    • Devils Kitchen
    • Maingon Bay Lookout
    • Remarkable Cave
    • Maingon Blowhole
  • Day 3
    • Port Arthur
    • Coal Mines
    • White Beach
  • Day 4
    • Cape Raoul hike
  • Day 5
    • Freycinet National Park hike
    • Wineglass Bay lookout
    • Honeymoon Bay
    • Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Lookout
  • Day 6
    • Bay of Fires
    • Places around
    • Launceston
  • Day 7
    • Chill in Launceston
    • Cataract Gorge Reserve
  • Day 8
    • Penguin
    • The Nut
  • Day 9
    • Mount Field National Park > Tall Trees
    • Horseshoe Falls
    • Russell Falls
    • Gordon Dam
  • Day 10
    • Cradle Mountain hike
  • Day 11
    • Southwest National Park
  • Day 12
    • Hobart
    • Mount Wellington hike
  • Day 13
    • Head home

This itinerary will take you to most of the famous landmarks in Tasmania.

You may have noticed that this is a 13 day itinerary when I promised a 2 week one?  I’ve done that to allow you some breathing room in your itinerary. 

As you read my guide, I suggest you pick a spot that really speaks to you and book yourself an extra night there.

Alright, now that you have the full itinerary laid out, let’s see in more details what to do in Tasmania for your road trip!

Your 2 Week Tasmania Itinerary – The Perfect Tassie Road Trip!

Day 1

Welcome to your first day in Tasmania. Depending on where you flew from, you’ve spent anywhere from 2h to 20h in a plane (or 9 and a half hours on a ferry!) Add jet lag if you’re coming from a different time zone, and you’re probably exhausted!

Let’s take it slow for the first day, and prep the rest of the trip.

Get your car (or van, like I did) at the local car rental company and go grocery shopping to get everything you’ll need during your trip (plenty of water and food).

Make sure your gear is ready for the next day, and get some rest in your hotel/Airbnb.

Day 2

Let’s get this road trip kicking!

We’ll drive to the south east part of the island; the first stop is the Fossil Bay Lookout, which takes just a touch over an hour when driving from Hobart.

Fossil Bay Lookout

This lookout offers a great view over the rugged coast, and it will give you your first taste of the Tasman outdoors.

Tasmans Arch

A short 20 minute walk will take you to your next spot – the Tasmans Arch. It’s a natural arch, with a thick layer of rock crossing over the sea.

It’s only a short walk to reach the arch, but you’re in for a great experience for sure! I was blown away by the sheer size of the arch when I first got there, and I was definitely not expecting this.

Devils Kitchen

From the arch, you can walk around along the Tasman Arch Track, to see different views. For example, the Devils Kitchen lookout at the end of the track.

After enjoying the area for a while, hike back to your car to drive to the next location.

Maingon Bay Lookout

The Maingon Bay Lookout is a 20 minute drive from the Fossil Bay lookout. It offers a view over the raw natural beauty of the coast, and you can often see surfers riding the waves there.

Remarkable Cave

Right next to the lookout is the Remarkable Cave. You can walk down the stairs to get inside the cave, which has been created by the waves hitting the rock over thousands of years.

There is an opening at the end of the cave, and the water goes right inside it. It was my favorite part of the day – just walking in the cave, ankle-deep in water, with the waves rolling in.

Maingon Blowhole

The final attraction for the day is the Maingon Blowhole. To get to it, you’ll need to hike along the coast on the Mount Brown Track for 20 minutes.

Once you get to it, you’ll see a huge hole in the rocks.  On the right day, water comes bursting out of the blowhole and launches high up in the air – it’s an impressive sight!

At the end of the day, you can find a hotel nearby, or I can even drive back to Hobart for the night (which will take 1 hour, 20 minutes).

Day 3

For day 3 we’re driving back near the same location of yesterday, but to see something very different.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is an historic site, built in the 18th century. It was a penitentiary, and you can still visit most of the original buildings. You can also go on a boat tour to the nearby islands.

The whole location is actually mind-blowing!  It’s a huge complex and feels surreal walking along the ghost prison. My favorite part was entering the Asylum, with historic drawings of how it was back then.

Plan half the day to fully visit Port Arthur.

Coal Mines

The Coal Mines are another historic site, located not too far from Port Arthur (around a 30 minute drive). The Tasman convicts in the 19th century used to work in these mines; now you can explore the ruins, prison cells and tunnels.

White Beach

To end the day on a lighter note, we’re driving 30 minutes back south, to White Beach. You can chill on this stunning beach and swim in the sea for the rest of the day.

This will be your first introduction to Tasman beaches, and you couldn’t wish for better! As the name implies, the sand looks almost white, and the water is so clear you can see several shades of blue as it moves to the horizon.

The best option would be to get a hotel in White Beach, but it’s definitely more expensive than accommodation options in Hobart.

Day 4

Get ready for the first big hike of your trip!

Cape Raoul hike

Drive to the Cape Raoul Trailhead carpark, where you can leave your car and start the hike.

There are 2 main hikes in the area – both of which are fantastic.

The first one is the hike to Cape Raoul Viewing Poin.  It takes around 5 hours return, and will get you all the way down to the Cape. You can also check the Seal Rock Lookout at the end, and the Cape Raoul Lookout on the way. It might have been my favorite view of the whole trip… after Cradle Mountain, of course.

The second hike is the Ship Stern Bluff hike, and takes around 3 hours. You can often see absolutely massive waves at the end, and you can spot echidnas on the hike (1 of the only 2 egg-laying mammals on the planet).

A man sitting high on the cliff, overlooking the water at Cape Raoul.

Day 5

Day 5 will be spent in Freycinet National Park.

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors in Tasmania. Located right next to the sea, there is no shortage of beautiful things to see in the area.

You can spend the whole day hiking around the park and chilling down at Honeymoon Bay.

Make sure you hike up to Wineglass Bay Lookout!  You won’t see much while going up (except for some wallabies and the occasional wild snake), but once you get to the top, you’ll be stunned, I’m sure. As I climbed the final steps to the lookout, suddenly the view opened up in front of me, with a small piece of land stretching in between 2 bodies of water.

On the left side is a white sand beach that looked absolutely dreamy – it’s Honeymoon Bay. Of course we had to hike back down and swim there! 

If you have some time left at the end of the day, check out the Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and Cape Tourville Lookout too.

Day 6

Get ready to drive south for day 6.

Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires is one of the most famous landmarks in Tasmania. It’s an ocean bay where the rocks are a blazing orange color, hence the name.

Drive along the coast and stop whenever you see a nice beach or beautiful view, such as the Gardens Lagoon Beach.

This is a must-see on your Tassie itinerary!

The red rocks at Bay of Fire in Tasmania.

Launceston

Towards the end of the day, get back up in the car and drive away from the coast to reach your next stop – Launceston.

This is where you’ll spend the night, to get ready for a relaxed day in the area tomorrow.

Day 7

Time to take a break from all the moving around and adventures.

Chill in Launceston

Take the time to chill in Launceston. Start the day late, get a nice brunch in one of the city’s many cafes, and walk in the city centre to see the historic buildings.

Cataract Gorge Reserve

For the afternoon, it’s time to get moving again! The Cataract Gorge Reserve is just 15 minutes away from Launceston, and it’s the perfect place for activities for the whole family: there you’ll find the world’s longest single span chairlift, a swimming pool, an epic suspension bridge, and more!

Day 8

After Launceston, let’s keep driving west.

Penguin

Enjoy a mandatory stop in the coastal town of Penguin, where you’ll be greeted by the famous Big Penguin Statue.

Get a breath of fresh air by strolling in the main street, along the ocean, and stop to eat fresh, local seafood in one of the many restaurants facing the sea.

The Nut

After lunch, hop back in the car and drive west again, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The Nut is a State Reserve – a pretty small protected piece of land – which is perfect for an afternoon hike.

If you’re up to it, you can even walk to the top of the Nut!  This is a very steep hike that offers fantastic views of the coast from the top!

A bleak Tasmania day looking down from The Nut in Tasmania.

Day 9

What would be a road trip without some more driving?

For day 9, get an early start to drive back south.  It takes 5 hours to get to Mount Field National Park.

Mount Field National Park

This is the first National Park in Tasmania, (along with Freycinet National Park), and definitely full of awesome things to do.

Depending on your plans, you could happily spend 2 days there.

Here’s a shortlist of what to visit in Mount Field National Park:

  • Russell Falls
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Lady Barron Falls
  • Tall Trees Walk
  • Lakes Belton and Belcher

The 3 Falls Hike alone is definitely worth the drive to Mount Field!  You’ll probably end up spending way too much time down the waterfalls (just like I did). 

Gordon Dam

Don’t miss Gordon Dam; it is one of the most impressive man made structures in Tasmania!

It’s an absolutely huge dam, and a definite must-see! There isn’t much else to do in the area, but if you’re a sucker for a great photo then it’s a bucket list item for you.

The tall Gordon Dam in Tasmania.

Day 10

Day 10 is the day you get to experience one of the best hikes in Tasmania – the Cradle Mountain hike!

Cradle Mountain hike

Cradle Mountain isn’t the highest mountain in Tasmania (in fact, it’s only 6th), but it’s still pretty high and incredibly impressive. If you love hikes this one’s for you as you can hike to the summit!

The hike starts at Dove Lake, a beautiful alpine lake, and slowly takes you up the mountain.

As you make your way up on the trail, plenty of small mountain lakes will start to appear behind you. Make sure you turn around to enjoy the view from time to time!

If you don’t want to hike all the way up to the summit, don’t worry… You can spend the day around Dove Lake, walking on the well-maintained trail circling the lake and trying to spot the many wombats populating the area.

Plan the whole day for the hike.

When you’re done, if you’d like to treat yourself, there is an amazing wilderness lodge and spa in the mountains – it comes highly recommended!

A lady in an orange jacket standing on top of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

Day 11

Not tired of the outdoors yet? Great! Day 11 will be spent in Southwest National Park.

Southwest National Park

Southwest National Park is the largest outdoors area in Tasmania, and there are plenty of activities waiting for you there, depending on what you’re looking for.

Here’s a list of recommended activities:

  • Hike to South Cape Bay
  • Hike the South Coast Track
  • Check out Edgar Dam
  • Check out Scotts Peak Dam
  • Walk to Red Knoll Lookout
  • Walk the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail

Southwest National Park is one of the most rugged part of Tassie, and I definitely got in touch with my wild side there.

Make sure to pop by the local tourism office when entering the park – they’ll be incredibly helpful in recommending the right place/activity for you.

Day 12

This is our last full day in Tasmania, and it’s time to drive back to the capital city.  As they say, all good things must come to an end.

Hobart

Get a rest from 2 weeks worth of epic activities, and take it easy in the city for a while. You can explore the city centre, and Battery Point historic district.

Mount Wellington hike

Mount Wellington is the backdrop of Hobart, and if you’re up for a challenge, you can go climb it!

Or even simpler, just drive all the way up to the top. The lookout at the top offers amazing views over Hobart, definitely too good to miss!

A person standing on the Mount Wellington lookout on Tasmania.

Day 13

Time to get back home…

Take a final look at little Tassie, say goodbye and hop in the plane (or on the ferry) that will take you away from this amazing Australian island.

With so much natural beauty just waiting to be discovered, I can’t recommend a Tasmanian road trip enough.

What are you waiting for?

Guest post by Kevin Mercier.

Additional imagery supplied by Tourism Australia.

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