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Tasmania road trips: How to self-drive Tasmania in 2-14 days

Long and short self-drive itineraries, including attractions and accommodation

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Tasmania is an island that you could spend a handful of days exploring in part or up to a fortnight zipping from edge to edge, drinking up jaw-dropping natural scenery.

To set the wheels in motion we've outlined self-drives for 2, 5, 7, 10 and 14 days so you can explore what the island down under has to offer. We've also included unmissable activities in each destination and tips on where to spend the night.

5-day itinerary: North-east coast loop Tasmania road trip

For those who don't have too much time to explore, the east coast Tasmania itinerary paints a picture of historical houses, lush bushland and coastal escapes.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia.


7-day itinerary: Northern loop Tasmania road trip

It's possible to drive around Tasmania comfortably in a week and tick off those bucket-list essentials such as Bay of Fires and Cradle Mountain.

view cradle mountain, tasmania


10-day itinerary: Tasmania highlights loop

You'll leave Tasmania satisfied you've seen it all with 10 days in your kit to explore its highlights in-depth. From combing the beaches of Freycinet National Park to hiking around Cradle Mountain, this is the adventurous road trip path.

Constitution Dock, Victoria Dock, Hobart skyline


14-day itinerary: Tasmania full island round trip

Two weeks is more than enough time to slowly travel your way around the island. You'll hit all the highlights, being able to spend multiple days in scenic locations such as Freycinet, Cradle Mountain and Strahan where you can tuck into day-long activities.

You'll also have ample time to pop over to less frequented destinations like Ansons Bay and Stanley up north or Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park or Southwest National Park in the south.

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Great Eastern Drive Tasmania over 2 days

Often coined as one of the nation's greatest road trips, Great Eastern Drive captures the unparalleled beauty of the island's east coast. This includes well-known tourist spots like Wineglass Bay and Bay of Fires.

It starts in Orford which is an hour out of Hobart. However, if you're starting your trip from Launceston you can run the route backwards, starting in St Helens which is just over 2 hours from Launceston.

This one's perfect for anyone short on time as it can be completed in a day, though we recommend two days so you can tuck into a few activities.

Coles Bay viewed from Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia

  • Total distance: 176km.
  • Route: Orford-St Helens/Bay of Fires.
  • Highlights: Maria Island, Swansea, Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, Friendly Beaches, Big Oyster Bay, The Hazards, Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires.
  • Best time to drive: Summer.
  • Things to do: Hire a bike to explore Maria Island, kayak Freycinet Peninsula, hike down to Wineglass Bay and skip stones in Bay of Fires.
  • Stay at: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet and Cockatoo Cabin Binalong Bay.
  • Eat: The Fish Van in Triabunna for local and cheap seafood, Verdi in Swansea for sea views, Freycinet Marine Farm for top quality seafood, Coffee Away in St Helens for a cuppa and the Wharf Bar & Kitchen in St Helens for a blowout meal.

Hobart to Hartz Mountains: 2 days

Peel back the layers of Tasmania's south to uncover a hidden treasure south-west of Hobart.

Looking at the map, that whole area of Tassie abounds with national parks and conservation areas that are heavily overlooked by visitors. Are you after somewhere that'll please the carload? If so, the answer is the Huon Valley and Hartz Mountains.

Within it are hiking trails, local produce stalls and tree-top adventure walks.

Panorama of Tasmanian wilderness from Hartz peak.

  • Total distance: 298km / 5 hours, round trip.
  • Route: Hobart to Hartz Mountains and Tahune Adventures.
  • Highlights: Huonville, Franklin, Geeveston, Hartz Mountains and Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.
  • Best time to drive: Summer.
  • Things to do: Jet boat down the Huon River, learn the art of boat building and glass blowing in Franklin, walk among the treetops at the Tahune Adventures Airwalk, hike one of the many Hartz Mountain trails and explore Hastings Caves.
  • Stay at: Huon Bush Retreats or Airwalk Lodge Hostel.
  • Eat: Willie Smith's Apple Shed and The Old Bank of Geeveston.

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