Tasmania might be a small island, but it packs a serious punch for people who love the outdoors and road trips.
So here are 5 of the best places to visit on your Tasmanian road trip.
1. Wineglass Bay: Located in Freycinet National Park, just 125 km northeast of Hobart, Wineglass Bay offers stunning scenery, magical sunsets, and an abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of wonderful camping spots, so why not spend some time exploring the walking trails, take a cruise around the Peninsula, or simply relax and take it all in.
2. The Tamar Valley: Spend a few days or more driving around the local wineries in the Tamar Valley, located northwest of Launceston. This is the perfect opportunity to check out a campervan hire in Tasmania and explore a culture that thrives on wine, good food, and fresh air.
3. West Coast Wilderness Railway: Drive on over to the west coast of Tasmania and revel in the glory of Tasmania’s natural beauty on an old-world steam train. Take in the magical harbour views, race over bridges that span natural gorges, and just breathe in the wilderness of Tasmania.
4. Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park: Just around 100 km west of Hobart is this awesome pristine wilderness, a stunning example of Tasmania’s World Heritage. Thick mountain peaks, pristine rainforest, wild rivers, deep valleys, and spectacular gorges. Discover the beauty and grandeur of this area, while you stop off for a relaxing picnic and a glass of wine.
5. Kayaking in Hobart: Take a guided kayak tour around the harbour, explore the sea cliffs, beaches, and caves around Hobart, or paddle up the Derwent and explore the city from the river. This is an exhilarating way to see Hobart and discover the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula and is suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers.
6. Port Arthur: No trip to Tasmania is complete without a visit to Port Arthur, Australia’s most well-known convict site. With more than 30 buildings, both restored and ruins, you can enjoy a guided tour around the grounds, visit the museum, and learn more about the lives of people who stayed in this penal colony during the early 1800s.
7. Bay of Fires: Located on the north east coast of Tassie the Bay of Fires has been described as a little slice of heaven. Famous for its natural beauty, perfect white beaches, and the exposed orange coloured granite rock formations (caused by lichen), this is the ideal spot for a few days of R&R.
One of the best ways to see Tasmania is to hire a campervan or RV and simply head down the open road until the sunsets.