An unforgettable road trip that stops at some of Tasmania's most beautiful sights
- Drive some of Australia's most epic roads among awe-inspiring landscapes
- Discover the rainforests and hidden bays of Freycinet and Cradle Mountain's national parks
- Enjoy hikes as strenuous or as relaxed as you like among coastal paths, alpine rainforests and snow-capped peaks
- Stay in Tasmania's best boutique hotels, many with fantastic restaurants & spas
- Contrast Hobart's charming waterside delights with the fascinating prison history of Strahan & Port Arthur
- 1 Night Hobart
- 1 Night Huon Valley
- 1 Night Lake St Clair
- 1 Night Strahan
- 1 Night Corinna
- 1 Night Cradle Mountain
- 1 Night Barnbougle
- 1 Night Bicheno
- 1 Night Port Arthur
Activity adventure | Beach | Food & wine | Free car hire | Lodges | Natural world | Off the beaten track | Self-drive
Pair an epic road trip with hikes through awe-inspiring landscapes on this tailor-made self-drive, created by company REST who'll meet you on arrival in Hobart and offer expert advice throughout to help you discover Australia's hidden gem – Tasmania. The home of remote rainforests, mountain-studded national parks and, of course, that famous Devil, you'll begin at Hobart's charming harbour after being met with your welcome pack by REST, containing detailed itineraries, maps and tips on where to stop. Then your road trip really starts as you traverse stunning coastal roads, stopping for walks – as strenuous or effortless as you like – at the likes of Freycinet National Park, Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, to name a few. At the end of each day of adventure return to Tasmania's finest boutique hotels, from eco-luxury lodges to lakeside spa cabins.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Hobart
Begin your trip in style with included VIP airport lounge access before boarding your flight to Hobart, arriving on day three.
On arrival, pick up your rental car and head to the scenic waterfront city of Hobart, shadowed in the foothills of the spectacular Mount Wellington. Here, heritage charm is paired effortlessly alongside ultra-modern delights – take it all in with a stroll along the waterfront, being sure to stop at the sandstone buildings at Salamanca Place. There's also myriad galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants, delightfully hosted in 1830s Georgian warehouses, or a boat trip on the Derwent River provides a lovely few hours to take in the city's charms.
Stay: Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart (Deluxe)
Hobart – Huon
After breakfast, your road trip begins as you travel towards Geeveston in the spectacular Huon Valley, where roaring waterfalls dot wide green plains and dense forest. Take in the vistas and continue on to Hartz Mountain National Park’s spectacular mountains and lakes, enjoying a gentle forest stroll or long mountain hike – whichever you choose, be sure to stop at the Tahune Airwalk for wonderful views above the forest canopy. On your way to Huon, we recommend a stop at Willie Smiths Apple Shed to discover the traditions behind Australia’s best cider before you reach Huon Bush Retreat, an ultra-modern eco-lodge that's all timber teepees and outdoor BBQs.
Stay: Huon Bush Retreat
Huon – Lake St Clair
Today your first stop is the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you can enjoy an experience with endangered animals and learn about the sanctuary's conservation efforts of native Australian wildlife – and there's even the chance to see that iconic Tasmanian Devil up close. Continue through fern-lined trails to reach Mount Field National Park and the tiered cascade of Russell Falls, with other highlights today including Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and – if you're up for a challenge – the summit of Mount Field itself. Finish among Lake St Clair’s virgin rainforests and the dramatic views of Cradle Mountain before coming back to the stunning Lake St Clair Lodge, nestled in the national park, where you'll enjoy the delights of your own cosy cabin.
Stay: Lake St Clair Lodge
Lake St Clair – Strahan
After breakfast, head towards Queenstown along the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a painstakingly-resorted steam train that runs among boreal rainforest and over soaring valleys before you read the harbour-side village of Strahan, surrounded by UNESCO-listed national parks and pristine lakes. Set on the shores of the picturesque Macquarie Harbour, discover the convict past of Strahan and walk the spectacular Gordon Wild Rivers National Park before finishing at the awe-inspiring Hogarth Falls.
Stay: Franklin Manor
Strahan – Corinna
You have two options today – perhaps travel north and pass through the old mining town of Zeehan for a sail along the pristine Pieman River, or join the scenic eco-cruise along the Gordon, where you’ll received a guided tour of remote Sarah Island – the barren peninsula that was once used as a prison settlement. After disembarking, drive north to Corinna that, while once a remote mining town, is a haven for ecotourism in a pristine rainforest setting. It's all best explored with hikes through the moss-covered myrtle beeches of Tarkine Reserve's temperate rainforest, studded along the way with sand dunes and rugged grassy plains.
Stay: Corinna Wilderness Resort
Cradle Mountain National Park
Today you'll drive north from Corinna, passing the pristine Savage River before reaching the Cradle Mountain National Park, all prehistoric rainforests and alpine moors – and home to the world-famous Overland Track. Explore the glacial lakes and pine forests of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Area with rugged hikes before driving to your hotel for this evening, the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. This hotel lies right on the edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – a view that's best taken in during an indulgent treatment among the floor-to-ceiling windows of the onsite spa. It's the perfect prelude to a meal at the spectacular restaurant that offers fresh, locally-caught food such as slow-cooked sticky Tasmanian pork belly paired with fine Australian wines.
Stay: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain (Superior)
Cradle Mountain National Park – Scottsdale
This morning, head to Australia’s oldest city, Launceston, with its colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks – and don’t miss a stop at the magnificent Cataract Gorge for lunch with a view. Continue on to Tamar Valley, passing lavender farms and pine forests before heading to the sweeping dunes of Barnbougle for a relaxing evening in your own cosy cottage that looks across the rolling hills of the eponymous world-famous golf course.
Bay of Fires – Bicheno
Coastal delights await today among the white sandy beaches of the Bay of Fires – enjoy a swim off the orange lichen-covered boulders before you head to Bicheno, whose coast is home to groups of adorable fairy penguins that gather at dusk. Head on a scenic walk to Rocking Rock, the Blowhole and the sandbar to Diamond Island Nature Reserve before checking into Beachfront Bicheno, a contemporary hotel with a wonderful restaurant where the likes of panko-crumbed scallops, Kilpatrick oysters, braised pork belly and bacon & fig burgers are served against stunning ocean vistas.
Stay: Beachfront Bicheno
Freycinet National Park – Port Arthur
Start early today – we recommend strolling to the beach to watch a beautiful sunrise over the ocean – before heading into the world-famous Freycinet National Park, home to pink-hued peaks, hidden coves and myriad bird species. Enjoy everything from mountain scrambles to casual coastal walks on iconic Wineglass Bay's curved beach and Friendly's Beach wonderful coastal paths before heading to Port Arthur, famous as the preserved site of a prison and perhaps contrastingly, outstanding natural beauty. Return this evening to Stewarts Bay Lodge, a cosy cabin tucked on the shores of the bay and surrounded by national-park forests and beaches – don't miss dinner at the gorgeous waterfront restaurant featuring ultra-fresh seafood.
Stay: Stewarts Bay Lodge
Port Arthur – Hobart
After breakfast, drive to Hobart Airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving on day 13.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Free car hire offer: Save up to £195 pp.
Book by: 31 January 2020
from £2,425 pp. incl. flights
from £2,495 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights between London & Hobart
- Meet & greet on arrival in Hobart
- 9 nights accommodation staying in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
- 10 days Medium car hire with full cover
- REST Australia travel documentation including a personalised tour manual with detailed day to day driving instructions & recommended activities and map
- Admission to Tahune Airwalk & Bonorong wildlife sanctuary
- West Coast Wilderness Railway half day tour
- Port Arthur Historic site admission
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