From the tranquil beaches of Tasmania's east to the rugged mountains flanking the west, this comprehensive self-drive holiday follows a circular route around the island. Travelling from the capital, Hobart and visiting several national parks en route, discover the history and abundant natural wonders that make this island state such a compelling place to visit.
- Discover the majesty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
- Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
- Enjoy a full day tour around Bruny Island
- Take a leisurely cruise along the Gordon River
Soak up Hobart's convict history before heading to Freycinet National Park and the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay. Look over Launceston from Cataract Gorge and spot wildlife in Narawntapu National Park. Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and encounter marsupials in Narawntapu National Park. This circular self drive tour has it all.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Hobart
- On arrival in Hobart you'll be transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay. Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. The rest of your day is free to explore. You may like to visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 80 free-roaming kangaroos, plus wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and many amazing natives including the Tasmanian devils.
- Day 2: Hobart
- Enjoy a full day tour of Bruny Island, exploring spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce as well as spotting wildlife. You'll meet cheese makers, oyster farmers and fudge makers and journey though pristine wilderness, home to diverse wildlife including the rare white wallabies.
- Day 3: Hobart - Port Arthur (95 km)
- Today you'll collect your rental vehicle and travel to Port Arthur, a historical site on the Tasman Peninsula. Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was sold as the 'inescapable prison'. Stroll the landscaped Victorian gardens and you'll find it hard to imagine this was once a reviled prison that held 1,100 convicts at its peak. You may like to spend this afternoon on a guided walking tour of the site's many buildings, ruins and restored houses.
- Day 4: Port Arthur - Coles Bay (237 km)
- Make your way to Coles Bay and experience the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula, a paradise of pink granite mountains, white beaches and turquoise sea on Tasmania's east coast. The rest of your day is at leisure.
- Day 5: Coles Bay
- Today is free for you to relax and explore. Highly recommended is the hike over the Hazard Ranges for breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay. Or for the more adventurous why not consider sea kayaking with dolphins.
- Day 6: Coles Bay - Launceston (173 km)
- Today you will make the journey from Coles Bay to Launceston. Stop off at St Helens to swim and indulge in fresh seafood. Then head to rugged Mount William National Park, where the Bay of Fires Walk winds you past boulder-covered beaches, unique plants, native animals and ancient Aboriginal middens. On arrival in Launceston take in panoramic views of the city from Cataract Gorge. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
- Day 7: Launceston - Stanley (224 km)
- Browse art and craft galleries in historic Deloraine, murals in Sheffield and antique shops in Latrobe. Arrive in Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania ships are almost landmarks. Don't miss Narawntapu National Park, where kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons graze peacefully on the grass. Travel on to Stanley for a 2 night stay.
- Day 8: Stanley
- Spend your day at leisure in Stanley, a fishing village framed by the volcanic outcrop known as 'The Nut'. See seal and fairy penguins around the port and walk or take the chairlift to the top of the headland for sweeping coastal views.
- Day 9: Stanley - Cradle Mountain (181 km)
- Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Enjoy your 2 night lodge stay on this edge of this spectacular national park.
- Day 10: Cradle Mountain
- Today you have a free day to explore. You may like to climb Cradle Mountain, walk around the mirrored waters of Dove Lake, soar over the park on a scenic flight or feed wallabies, wombats and possums on a nocturnal wildlife tour.
- Day 11: Cradle Mountain - Strahan (147 km)
- Today make your way to Strahan, the gateway to Tasmania's World Heritage-listed Wild West. In Strahan, you can kayak on Macquarie Harbour, walk windswept Ocean Beach and explore pine and myrtle forests by four wheel drive or simply relax and indulge in great food and wine.
- Day 12: Strahan
- Enjoy a half day cruise down the majestic Gordon River. You'll travel from the vibrant port town of Strahan, across Macquarie Harbour, and into the lower reaches of the Gordon River. You'll cruise gently along the river where lush rainforest is reflected in the mirror calm waters, stained amber by button grass tannins.
- Day 13 Strahan - Hobart (300 km)
- Travel along the Lyell Highway, back through the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness. Stop in Tarraleah, an old hydro-electric town where platypus, quolls, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and echidnas wander the streets. Take a side trip to Mount Field National Park, where you can bushwalk through lush fern forests to the spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls. Before you reach Hobart, check out classic village square and antique stores of New Norfolk.
- Day 14: Hobart
- Make your way to the airport and return your rental vehicle.
A variety of accommodation options are available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.
ExcursionsA wide variety of optional excursions are available to add to your holiday, some of which are listed below. Please enquire for further information. Please note Bruny Island Cruise, Hobart is included in this holiday.
Prices & Dates
Price from £ per person
13 nights accommodation (based on a mix of mid range hotels, motels, lodges and bed & breakfasts) ● Rental of a Hertz standard vehicle (CCAR Toyota Corolla or similar - specific models may vary) ● Full day Bruny Island tour ● Half day Gordon River cruise ● Private transfer on arrival in Hobart ● Full itinerary, vouchers and atlas.
International flights and airport taxes ● Additional meals and excursions not specified ● Travel insurance ● Gratuities and items of a personal nature.
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