Port Arthur and
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One of your best Hobart day-trip options, a Tasman Peninsula road trip will bring you face to face with Tasmanian devils, soaring sea cliffs, and the bitter-sweet beauty of Port Arthur. See all this and more when you include the Tasman Peninsula in your self-drive Lap of Tasmania road trip!
The guard dogs at Eaglehawk Neck didn’t just patrol the coastline, they also sat on special floating pontoons to watch for convict escapees trying to swim to freedom 🌊🐕
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo was the first conservation park in the world to give people the chance to meet a Tasmanian Devil 👍
At more than 300m, the sea cliffs of Cape Raoul, Pillar and Hauy are the tallest in the southern hemisphere! 👀
Read More: Detailed Guide to Driving Times in Tasmania
Hobart ⇌ Port Arthur: 100km / 1hr 30 mins (2hr 15mins for campervans)
Port Arthur ⇌ Coles Bay: 240km / 3hr (4hr for campervans)
Port Arthur ⇌ Richmond: 80km / 1hr 15min (1hr 45mins for campervans)
Dodges Ferry, Dunalley, Murdunna, Port Arthur
EV Battery Charging Stations (see PlugShare):
A list of Tasmania’s national parks can be found here: Parks and Wildlife
A valid permit is needed before you can drive into these parks. For more information on the which pass you should buy, click here.
Permits can be purchased online here, from National Park Visitor Centres, Accredited Tasmanian Travel Information Centres, the Spirit of Tasmania, Service Tasmania shops, or by mail/email following these instructions.
Discounts are available for Seniors.
For Tasmania Police emergency road closure alerts click here.
The Tasman Peninsula is covered in dense forests, making it a haven for nocturnal wildlife. Keep your eyes open at all times – especially dusk and dawn – for wallabies, Tasmanian devils or possums on the roads.
On the Arthur Highway between Sorell and Port Arthur there are many long single-lane sections where overtaking is either difficult or not permitted. If you’re holding up traffic and you come to one of the few double-lane sections, please be considerate to your fellow travellers and allow them to overtake. Frustrations on the road will jeopardise the safety of everyone.
You will also encounter some sections where there is a ‘Slow Vehicle Turnout’ lane on the left-hand side. Again, if you’re holding up traffic please make use of these lanes and slow down.
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