Take your time on a Tasmanian self-drive holiday
Whether you’re interested in historic towns, foodie delights or natural wonders, you can set your own pace with these self-drive holidays.
To really see the best Tasmania has to offer, hire a car or campervan and take to the road. Discover Tasmania has outlined fantastic touring routes to showcase the state’s many cultural, historic and natural landmarks.
We’ve summarised two of our favourites below.
This road trip through charming farmland, villages and homesteads showcases Tasmania’s historic highlights. While you can complete the drive between Launceston and Campbell Town in just 50 minutes, there’s so much to see and do that it’s worth spreading the drive out over one or two days.
The first stop after Launceston is the colonial village of Evandale, a charming place with many well-preserved Georgian buildings. Nearby Clarendon homestead is among the finest examples of elegantly furnished Georgian manors and is set among expertly-maintained formal gardens.
Follow the highway further to reach Longford, a historic village with many convict-built houses. Just outside the village you’ll discover Woolmers Estate and Brickendon, two sprawling estates built in the early 19th century. You can lose hours wandering around these two communities, where seemingly little has changed since they were first established.
For a final stop before reaching Campbell Town, call in to Cleveland for a meal at St Andrew’s Inn. This 19th century inn was immensely popular with drovers and travellers making the journey between Launceston and Hobart, and it’s still serving delicious food and pouring great beer today. From the inn, it’s a short drive to the hundred century-old houses that make up Campbell Town.
But making it to historic Campbell Town is really only half the journey. You can take another day to continue on to Hobart, stopping in at the female factory prison at Ross, the old coaching inn at Tunbridge, Australia’s third-oldest windmill in Oatlands, the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest golf course in Bothwell, and many more fantastic historic sites.
This two-day road trip from Launceston will take you to some of the best countryside and natural landmarks. Leave Launceston and head towards Westbury, stopping at the historic towns of Carrick, Hadspen and Hagley on the way to see the charming English-inspired high streets.
Just outside of Westbury you’ll discover Liffey Falls, a series of tranquil cascades among the rainforest. The short walk to the falls is a good way to stretch tired driving legs.
From Liffey Falls, continue to Deloraine, a creative community with many impressive galleries specialising in glass, stoneware, textiles and jewellery. From there you can go to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese for a mouth-watering afternoon treat.
After spending the night in one of the many fabulous bed and breakfasts near Deloraine, Westbury or Mole Creek, follow the Mersey River until you reach the signs for Alum Cliffs State Reserve. It’s a tranquil walk up to the lookout where you’ll be rewarded with impressive views of the surrounding forest.
Next is Mole Creek Karst National Park, home to impressive underground caves that you can explore. Marakoopa Cave is an extensive limestone cave with underground streams, rock formations and glow worm colonies. Nearby King Solomons cave is much drier and features many imposing stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours of each cave are available and take about 45 minutes.
Continue driving to the northern rim of the Great Western Tiers, stopping in at Devils Gullet. Take the short hike up to the viewing platform for breathtaking views down the sheer cliff face and across to Cradle Mountain and Mount Ossa.
These are just two of the many fantastic touring routes you can follow through Tasmania. You could also follow the mighty Tamar River as it courses through orchard country, pastoral fields and towering forests, before spilling into Bass Strait. Or explore the World Heritage areas of Cradle Mountain, the Franklin River and the wilderness surrounding Lake St Clair.