Looking to explore more of Tasmania? Plan the ultimate road trip with our guide to the best towns to visit!
Sometimes the best places to see are outside the confines of a capital city, and that goes especially for Hobart and its twin rival Launceston. The main reason for this is because the chances of running into hordes of tourists are remote and, in some cases, even locals are nonexistent. Now doesn’t that sound peaceful!
But as well as seeking peace, we also seek entertainment. Whether that be in the shape of beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture, quirky shop outlets or residential areas sporting weird names. Below, in this road trip itinerary travel guide, you’ll find a list of all of the best towns in Tasmania to visit.
So, pack up the car and be sure to charge your camera as we take you on an adventure with our ultimate travel itinerary to the best towns to visit on your Tasmania road trip!
Found just 25 minutes from Hobart, the little township of Richmond Village specialises in well-maintained Georgian architecture, old style lollies from Sweets and Treats, The Puzzle People jigsaw shop and even an artisan cheese shop, Wicked Cheese. And, if you happen to be in town on a Saturday, locals and visitors alike come together for the popular Richmond Good Food Market. Don’t forget to seek out the popular Richmond Bridge, a piece of architecture that looks like a scene out of a painting. There are also plenty of things to see and do on your stop like the Old Hobart Town Model Village that showcases a model depiction of what Hobart looked like in the 1820s and, there’s even Zoodoo Zoo – a wildlife park located five kilometres north-west of the village.
This little island directly south of Hobart is in itself a mini holiday destination. And, after you visit, we guarantee that it will be the highlight of your ultimate road trip in Tasmania. While it is possible to make it a day trip, Bruny Island can also pass off as a weekend getaway. There’s scenic flights, safaris, expeditions and nature tours to undertake. Allowing you to explore at your own pace, some notable points of interest is the Bruny Island Neck that features a stretching beach habitat that sees fairy penguins return to their burrows at dusk, along with timber stairs leading to a 360-degree lookout and an indigenous memorial for the Nuenonne people, the original owners of the land.
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The great thing about Maria Island is the very limited number of residents, making it the perfect destination to truly get away from the hustle and bustle. To get to Maria Island, simply drive up to Triabunna and catch a ferry over the sea. The best way to get around this secluded is with a bike or partake in a cruise. Some notable points of interest here are the Painted Cliffs (visit at low tide), Fossil Cliffs, Four Mile Creek and Frenchs Farm. Also, if you have the time and you extend your stay on Maria Iland, head down to Haunted Bay to see the red rocks and maybe even some penguins depending on the time you arrive. Please Note: Bring plenty of food and drink as this island has no food shops.
Continuing on your Tasmanian road trip itinerary, be sure to stop by for an hour or two at Eaglehawk Neck. Perfect for toilet and tea breaks, Eaglehawk Neck is also the home to the famous tessellated rocks along the north end, with the neck of the town itself in the middle, and a treasure chest of goodies in the south. After exploring the natural tessellated seaside rocks, head to the south suburb of Doo Town where each of the houses are named featuring the word “doo” in it. Alternatively, there is a blowhole and the Tasman Arch and Devil Kitchen.
Mount Field National Park
If you’ve ever wanted to hear the cascading sound of one of Australia’s Most Amazing Waterfalls, tucked away inside Mount Field National Park you’ll find the famed Russell Falls. This multi-tiered waterfall shrouded by greenery is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty that is Mount Field National Park. On top of the cascading beauty, travellers can partake on the Tall Trees Walk that was nmed after its sky-climbing canopies or, alternatively, take a 16 kilometre trek up the mountain to see Lake Dobson. If you visit during the colder months, you’ll be able to spot a snow-covered hill just awaiting adrenaline fuelled skiers.
Freycinet National Park
On the east coast of Tasmania sits another national park, unique in its own landscape. It’s a peninsula featuring some stunning scenery, like Wineglass Bay, named simply for its wine glass shape. Welcome to Fretcinet National Park! On the left, as you walk over from the carpark, there are the pink granite peaks of Hazards Range. There’s also Sleepy Bay, a little nook on the far northeast of the peninsula. And, for the avid trekkers, you can head down south and see the secluded spots like Bryans Beach and Cooks Corner. It is a two-day trek down the peninsula, so take plenty of supplies.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
No road trip in Tasmania is complete without a visit to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain is one of the largest national parks on the island (Southwest National Park takes that honour). To the left of Cradle Mountain is another national park called Walls of Jerusalem, Granite Tor Conservation Area sits on the right, and in the south-west is Princess River Conservation Area and Tyndall Regional Reserve. And all that means this is a place to truly get lost in. Boasting a unique plethora of rich flora and fauna, we recommend you pack a compass, plenty of supplies and, of course, a camera.
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If you’re wanting to perfect your swing and score a hole in one, Bridport is home to one of Australia’s Top Golf Courses, Barnbougle. This public course along the beachfront of Bridport has front-row views and is renowned internationally. Otherwise, if you’d like a bit of sightseeing, we recommend visiting the Granite Point Conservation Area and see the wonderful blooms of wildflower and the fluttering of birds that come to life during springtime. Finish with a feed at Bridport Bunker Club and you’ll be ready to head on your way!
Over 50 kilometres southwest of Hobart in Geeveston is the Tahune AirWalk – a popular tourist destination that sits alongside the Huon River. The AirWalk is draped midrange within the canopy, showing the spectacular sights of the forest floor and nearby river. There’s also a Hang Glider, a cable-controlled ride that takes thrillseekers on a five-minute tour of the forest. And, if you’re not a fan of heights, you can take the Twin Rivers Adventure where you can traverse the wilderness on a raft or kayak.
Welcome to the destination that Tasmanians consider as their secret hideaway – and it really is. You won’t find it on Google Maps, but it’s definitely there. This town, home to Tarkine Rainforest, is best described as an untouched beauty, unparalleled and, ultimately, a magical place to wind yourself down. And while you can traverse the Tarkine on your own (provided necessary cautions are taken care of: plenty of food and water, access to maps and accommodation), you can also travel the wilderness with Tarkine Trails.
Bay of Fires
Such a poetic name for a national park. The Bay of Fires was simply named by Captain Tobias Furneaux when sailing past in 1773. Whether it was because he saw fires lit by Aboriginal tribes scattered along the coast, or to the orange lichen that grows on the granite boulders, we’ll never know. But, nevertheless, it is a sight to see. The Bay of Fires is a conservation area split into three sections: Ansons Bay in the north to Binalong Bay in the south and The Gardens in the middle. Take a day trip, or simply stop by on the way. Make sure to charge your camera!
Southwest National Park
The next stop on your road trip in Tasmania is Southwest National Park. Here you can head to Southport and check out Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs. If you’d rather stay on the road, you can drive down the Gordon River Road and see Lake Gordon and Lake Peddler. Hit the waters and hire a boat to experience the coast’s beauty, then find the inlet near Breaksea Islands and travel inside the wilderness. You could also take a hike inside (provided necessary cautions are taken care of: plenty of food and water, access to maps, accommodation). But, for the ultimate adventure, spend a little money and take a trip with Par Avion to the Southwest Wilderness Camp and stay for three days.
It’s not the most holiday-like place to drive to, but it does make a great pit stop. Interestingly, Campbell Town was designed for that purpose back in the 1800s for those travelling between Hobart and Launceston. And while you stretch your legs and refuel, you can take a gander at the town’s teeming colonial history. Take a self-guided tour of the Convict Brick Trail, revealing the individual stories of Tasmanian Convicts, who they were and why they were arrested. Walk over and take a snap of Red Brick Bridge, built by convicts in the 1830s and believed to hold one million bricks. Or, you can even walk through the Campbell Town Museum.
Mole Creek & Chudleigh
They’re both famous for their honey-making skills with Melita Honey Farm and R. Stephens Honey – a must see and taste when visiting. But, don’t forget, these two towns are surrounded by plenty of natural beauty too. To the north, Alum Cliffs and Gog Range Regional Reserve tower over the Mersey River. To the west, Mole Creek Caves sprawl within the terrain, from King Solomons Cave to Marakoopa Cave. To the south, of course, is Cradle Mountain. And, to the east, you’ll find Three Willows Vineyard and 41° South Tasmania, a farm specialising in salmon and ginseng.
Unfortunately, made famous by a mass shooting in 1996 where 35 people lost their lives. It saw the creation of sweeping gun laws making Australia one of the safest gun ownership countries in the world. But today, Port Arthur still stands as a window into Tasmania’s dark history. From a timber station to a convict settlement, to the coal mines where convicts worked underground extracting coal. But, like everywhere in Tasmania, there’s also the natural landmarks like one of the Best Lavender Farms in Australia, Port Arthur Lavender.
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