Tasmania Itinerary (21 Days) – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail!

This Tasmania itinerary (21 Days) is all about the very best bed and breakfasts in Tasmania – showing you how to join them all together to create the most incredible road trip experience!

Things to do, dining recommendations, and Tassie’s most beautiful scenery – it has everything you need to plan your 3 week Tasmania itinerary.


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Self-Drive Tasmania Itinerary (21 Days)

Tasmania Itinerary (21 Days) - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Stanley and the Nut
Include Stanley and ‘The Nut’ on your Tasmania Itinerary (21 Days)!
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One of the things I really love about a road trip around Tasmania is that there are so many different ways you can explore this beautiful island.

Once upon a time I would have loved the raw appeal of skipping from hostel to hostel with a backpack over my shoulder.

These days? More and more, my wife and I find ourselves leaning towards a slower-paced holiday, taking our time to get a feel for how the locals live and spending more on our accommodation in the knowledge that we will have a guaranteed relaxing sleep, and a hot, full cooked breakfast to start the day!

So many travellers tell me how much they appreciate the friendly, down-to-earth approach that is second nature to Tasmanians.

Sharing travel stories, getting helpful tips, and finding out about the little gems that only the locals know about… and this is exactly what you can look forward to when you stay at one of the amazing B&Bs that make up ‘Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail‘.

As you can see from the clickable map below, each of their cosy B&Bs is strategically located next to, or just a short drive from Tasmania’s most popular destinations.

All you need to do is join them all together and you’ve got yourself a simply sensational road trip!

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Map
Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail

This 21 day Tasmania itinerary shows you exactly how to plan your Tassie holiday.

For every single day of your road trip I have used my local experience to bring together:

  • the best activities for both your morning and afternoon (including how much time to allow for each);
  • my favourite dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner (I’m a huge foodie, so I’m speaking from experience); and
  • the best B&B in the region to put your feet up and relax for the night!

All you need to do is choose the activities that appeal to your interests and style of travel, get your vehicle organised, and get in touch with each of the B&Bs to book your stay – it’s that easy.

This itinerary has been written a little bit differently to my other itineraries on the website. It starts in Devonport, because I know that so many of you like to catch the ferry to Tasmania with your own vehicle, and it also takes you anti-clockwise around Tasmania.

It is completely up to you though!

If you are flying into Hobart then simply start the itinerary from Day 13. And if you prefer to go clockwise then all you need to do is follow the itinerary in reverse.

Keep in mind that you will also need to allow for extra travel time each day, depending on which activities you choose to include in your itinerary. If you aren’t sure about this, or have any other questions, please feel free to ask our wonderful community of road trippers and local Tasmanians over in the Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group.

You will also be very pleased to hear that after having a chat with the wonderful B&B owners behind Tasmania’s Best Bed and BreakfastTrail, they are all generously offering Lap of Tasmania readers a variety of complementary extras, to make your road trip even more special.

It might be a discount on daily rates, a free bottle of Tassie wine, or perhaps a silver-service Devonshire Tea – to find out more, all you need to do is click on the ‘Special Offer‘ links I provide below for each B&B.

Create and print your own customised itinerary

I am very excited to offer you two extra ways of using this itinerary – a FREE downloadable Excel spreadsheet, and a FREE downloadable Word document! Just click on the link below to download whichever one you prefer (or both)…

That’s enough talking from me. I know you must be excited to see how this 3 week Tasmania itinerary comes together – so let’s get your road trip planning started!


Day 0: Arrive in Devonport

Spirit of Tasmania Ferry to Tasmania
Spirit of Tasmania Ferry to Tasmania

I have marked this as ‘Day 0’ because some of you might be arriving early in the morning, while others may be arriving on the Spirit of Tasmania ‘night sail’.

For those arriving early, here are some great ideas to fill your ‘bonus’ day.

🍴 Breakfast

  • Paul and Brenden welcome early arrivals for breakfast at The Grand on Macfie B&B. They are renowned in Devonport for their incredible full cooked breakfast – the perfect way to get your Tassie holiday started!
  • Available from 7am to 9am ($25pp)

🚘 Activities

  • Maritime Museum (1-2 hrs)
  • Mersey Bluff Lighthouse (0.5 hrs)
  • Antique Emporium (0.5 hrs)
  • Home Hill, National Trust Property (Wed/Thur/Sat – 1.5 hrs)
  • Devonport Regional Gallery at the Paranaple Arts Centre (Mon-Sat – 1 hr)
  • Check-in to the The Grand on Macfie (after 2pm – for late check-ins after 7pm give them a call on +61 3 6424 2000 beforehand)

🍴 Dinner

  • Mrs Jones (Devonport)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 1: Explore the Cradle Coast

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Liffey Falls
Liffey Falls

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at The Grand on Macfie B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Reliquaire (0.5 hr)
  • Anvers Chocolates (0.5-1 hr)
  • Don River Railway (1 hr)
  • Tasmanian Arboretum (1-2 hrs)
  • Tazmazia and Lower Village of Crackpot (1-2 hrs)
  • Sheffield murals (1 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Cruisin’ in the 50s Diner (Deloraine)
  • Blacksmith Gallery Cafe (Sheffield)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – The Grand on Macfie
The Grand on Macfie B&B (Devonport)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Mole Creek Caves (2.5 hrs)
  • Liffey Falls (2.5 hrs)
  • Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (0.5-1 hr)
  • Van Diemens Land Creamery (15 mins)
  • Ashgrove Cheese (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • The Central @ The Formby Hotel (Devonport)

🏡 Where to stay

Cradle Mountain Day Trip Itinerary

Cradle Mountain is less than 2 hours from Devonport, making it a great option for a day trip!

  • 7am – Breakfast at The Grand on Macfie
  • 7:30am – Leave Devonport
  • 9:30am – Arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
  • 10am – Catch the shuttle bus to Dove Lake
  • 10:30am to 1:30pm – Dove Lake loop walk (easy/medium, 2-3 hrs)
  • 1:30pm – Catch the shuttle back to Peppers Lodge at Cradle Mountain Village
  • 2pm – If you didn’t bring a packed lunch, enjoy a meal at the Tavern Bar and Bistro
  • 3pm – Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvert Falls trail (easy, 0.5-1 hr)
  • 4:30pm – Catch the shuttle back to the Visitor Centre
  • 5pm – Drive back to Devonport


Day 2: Devonport to Stanley

Leven River Cruises Tasmania
Spend a morning on the water with Leven River Cruises

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at The Grand on Macfie B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • The Berry Patch (1-2 hrs) – Meals, pick your own fruit, and kids playground!
  • Leven River Cruise (tidal dependent, allow 1-4 hrs) – Special Offer
  • Hellyers Road Distillery (0.5-1 hr)
  • Fern Glade Platypus Reserve (0.5-1 hr)
  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden (0.5-2 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • Hellyers Road Distillery (Burnie)
  • The Vault (Wynyard)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – The Ark Stanley
The Ark Stanley B&B (Stanley)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Table Cape Lighthouse Tour (0.5-1 hr)
  • Table Cape Lookout (0.5 hr)
  • Boat Harbour Beach (0.5 hr)
  • Rocky Cape walking trails (0.5-4 hrs)
  • Big Tree and Dip Falls in Mawbanna (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Hursey Seafoods (Stanley)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 3: Explore Stanley

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Stanley
The gorgeous seaside town of Stanley, and ‘The Nut’ – Photo: Jason Charles Hill

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at The Ark Stanley

🚘 Morning activities

  • Highfield House (1-2 hrs)
  • The Nut (chairlift and walk, 1-3 hrs)
  • Stanley Heritage Walk (1-2 hrs)
  • Joe Lyons Cottage (0.5 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Touchwood Craft Gallery & Cafe (Stanley)
  • Marleys (Stanley)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – The Ark Stanley
The Ark Stanley B&B (Stanley)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Trowutta Arch (0.5 hr – allow 45 minutes driving from Stanley to get there)
  • Jimmy Lane Memorial Lookout before sunset (0.5 hr)
  • Penguins at sunset (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • The Stanley Hotel (Stanley)

🏡 Where to stay

  • The Ark Stanley (Stanley)

Day 4: Stanley to Strahan or Queenstown

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Spray Tunnel
See glow worms in the Zeehan Spray Tunnel – Photo: Jess Bonde

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at The Ark Stanley

🚘 Morning activities

  • Blue Hills Honey (0.5 hr)
  • Hellyer Gorge walk (0.5-1 hr)
  • Explore Waratah (1-2 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Bischoff Hotel (Waratah)
  • Tullah Lakeside Lodge (Tullah)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Montezuma Falls (3 hrs)
  • Zeehan Spray Tunnel Loop (1 hr)
  • Henty Dunes (0.5-1 hr)
  • Ocean Beach Lookout (0.5 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Risby Cove (Strahan)
  • The Empire Hotel (Queenstown)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Harrison House B&B (Strahan)
  • Penghana B&B (Queenstown)

Day 5: Gordon River Cruise – OR – West Coast Wilderness Railway

If you have got the time then I definitely recommend spending a couple of nights in both Strahan and Queenstown. They are both fascinating towns, providing very different perspectives on Tasmania’s West Coast wilds.

In this section I show you how to spend your time in each town, just in case you only choose one. But if you wanted to experience both then simply add an extra day or two into your itinerary and combine them together!

Strahan

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - World Heritage Cruises
Cruise the Gordon River with World Heritage Cruises

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Harrison House B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Gordon River Cruise with World Heritage Cruises (return by 3pm – Use my LAPOFTAS code for 10% OFF)
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway (returns by 1:30-2pm)

🍴 Lunch

  • Provided on your tour
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Harrison House
Harrison House B&B (Strahan)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Explore Strahan
  • Wilderness Whisky and Spirits (0.5-1 hr)
  • Wilderness Woodworks (0.5 hr)
  • Hogarth Falls (1 hr)
  • The Ship That Never Was (1.5 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • Bushman’s (Strahan)
  • View 42° Restaurant and Bar (Strahan)

🏡 Where to stay

Queenstown

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - West Coast Wilderness Railway
Explore the West Coast Wilds by rail – Photo: Nick Osborne

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Penghana B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • West Coast Wilderness Railway (returns by 1:30-2pm)
  • King River Rafting (full day)
  • RoamWild 4WD Tour (half or full day)

🍴 Lunch

  • Provided on your tour – OR – Tracks Cafe
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Penghana
Penghana B&B (Queenstown)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Explore Queenstown
  • Paragon Theatre (0.5 hr)
  • Empire Hotel (0.5 hr)
  • Soggy Brolly Art Gallery (0.5 hr)
  • Eric Thomas Galley Museum (1 hr)
  • Spion Kopf (0.5 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Rusty Iron Thai and Chinese Restaurant (Queenstown)

🏡 Where to stay

Cradle Mountain Day Trip Itinerary

Cradle Mountain is less than 2 hours from Queenstown, making it a great option for a day trip!

  • 7am – Breakfast at Penghana B&B
  • 7:30am – Leave Queenstown
  • 9:30am – Arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
  • 10am – Catch the shuttle bus to Dove Lake
  • 10:30am to 1:30pm – Dove Lake loop walk (easy/medium, 2-3 hrs)
  • 1:30pm – Catch the shuttle back to Peppers Lodge at Cradle Mountain Village
  • 2pm – If you didn’t bring a packed lunch, enjoy a meal at the Tavern Bar and Bistro
  • 3pm – Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvert Falls trail (easy, 0.5-1 hr)
  • 4:30pm – Catch the shuttle back to the Visitor Centre
  • 5pm – Drive back to Queenstown


Day 6: Strahan or Queenstown to Bothwell

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Franklin Nature Trail
Franklin River Nature Trail – Photo: Stu Gibson

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Harrison House B&B – OR – Penghana B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Iron Blow (0.5 hr)
  • Horsetail Falls (0.5 hr)
  • 99 Bends
  • Nelson Falls (0.5 hr)
  • Franklin River Nature Trail (0.5 hr)
  • Donaghy’s Hill (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Hungry Wombat (Derwent Bridge)
  • Derwent Bridge Hotel (Derwent Bridge)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Ratho Farm
Ratho Farm (Bothwell)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Lake St. Clair Walks (1-4 hrs)
  • The Wall (1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal at Ratho Farm

🏡 Where to stay


Day 7: Explore the Central Highlands

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Pine Lake
Pine Lake Nature trail

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Ratho Farm

🚘 Morning activities

  • Golf at Ratho Farm (2-4 hrs)
  • Self-guided walking tour (1-2 hrs)
  • Fishing experience by Ratho Farm (half or full day – 3 weeks’ notice required)

🍴 Lunch

  • Great Lake Hotel (Miena)
  • Castle Hotel (Bothwell)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Ratho Farm
Ratho Farm (Bothwell)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site (1-2 hrs, open Wed-Sun)
  • Pine Lake walk (0.5-1 hr)
  • The Steppes Sculptures (0.5 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • 3-course dinner at Ratho Farm
  • Castle Hotel (Bothwell)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Ratho Farm (Bothwell)

Day 8: Bothwell to New Norfolk

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - New Norfolk
New Norfolk in autumn – Photo: Rob Burnett

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Ratho Farm

🚘 Morning activities

  • Highland Getaway Farm Tour (2 hrs) – OR – Curringa Farm Tour (2-3 hrs)
  • Two Metre Tall Brewery (1 hr)
  • Pulpit Rock Lookout (0.5 hr)
  • Explore New Norfolk (1-2 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • Agrarian Kitchen (New Norfolk)
  • Cheeky Little Place (New Norfolk)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Explorers Lodge
Explorers Lodge B&B (New Norfolk)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Tassie Bound Tour (3-6pm)
  • Willow Court Asylum Tour (after lunch)
  • Pedalmore Hydrobike Hire (1 hr)
  • Bush Inn (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • New Norfolk Hotel (New Norfolk)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 9: Mt Field Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls, Mt Field

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Explorers Lodge B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • New Norfolk Market (1 hr, Saturdays)
  • Salmon Ponds (1 hr)
  • Westerway Raspberry Farm (0.5-1 hr)
  • Railtrack Riders (2 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Explorers Lodge
Explorers Lodge B&B (New Norfolk)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Mt Field #1 – Walk to Russell Falls (easy, 0.5 hr)
  • Mt Field #2 – Walk to Russell Falls + Horseshoe Falls (medium, 0.5-1 hr)
  • Mt Field #3 – Walk to Russell Falls + Horseshoe Falls + Lady Barron Falls (medium, 2.5-3 hrs)
  • Lawrenny Estate (1 hr)
  • Derwent Estate Wines (1 hr)
  • Willow Court Asylum Ghost Tour (1.5 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • The Bush Inn (New Norfolk)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Explorers Lodge B&B (New Norfolk)

Derwent Valley Guided Tour

By this stage of your Tassie road trip there’s a good chance you might be wanting to take a break from all the driving.

I love what Sam from The Derwent Experience is doing to showcase the beautiful Derwent Valley, and a day tour is the best way of discovering all the highlights of this wonderful region.

The Derwent Valley – or the ‘Valley of Love’ as the locals like to call it – is one of Tassie’s hottest destinations right now, with its many wineries, distilleries and micro-breweries all within easy driving distance.

Sam is on first name terms with an extensive network of local growers and distillers across the valley, and you can guarantee you’ll be getting an insider’s perspective on everything the valley has to offer – without needing a designated driver!

The ‘Drink Derwent Valley’ tour is the one I recommend to everyone wanting a taste of the Derwent. Drop by his website and book it in!


Day 10: New Norfolk to Dover

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Tahune Airwalk
Tahune Airwalk

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Explorers Lodge B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Wine tasting at Derwent Estate (7 days, from 11am) – OR – Stefano Lubiana (Wed-Sun, from 11am)
  • Willie Smiths Apple Shed and Cider (1 hr, open from 10am)
  • Huon Jet Boats (1 hr)
  • Frank’s Cider (1 hr, open from 10am)
  • The Wooden Boat Centre (0.5-1 hr, open from 10am)
  • Franklin Lockup

🍴 Lunch

  • Osteria at Petty Sessions (Franklin)
  • Masaaki’s Sushi (Geeveston – opening days/hours vary)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Ashdowns of Dover
Ashdowns of Dover B&B (Dover)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Tahune Adventures (half day – airwalk, walking trails, rafting, cable-gliding)
  • Hartz Mountains #1 – Arve Falls walking trail (easy, 0.5 hr)
  • Hartz Mountains #2 – Lake Osborne walking trail (easy, 1 hr)
  • Hartz Mountains #3 – Lake Esperance walking trail (easy, 2 hrs)
  • Hartz Mountains #4 – Hartz Pass walking trail (medium, 3-4 hrs)
  • Hartz Mountains #5 – Hartz Peak walking trail (medium, 4-5 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • Post Office 6985 (Dover)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 11: Hastings Caves and Cockle Creek Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Hastings Caves
Hastings Caves

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Ashdowns of Dover B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Drive to Cockle Creek (1 hr each way from Dover)
  • Walk to the Whale Sculpture (5 mins)
  • Cockle Creek historic cemetery (5 mins)
  • Walk to Fishers Point (easy, 2 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • Southport Hotel (Southport)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Ashdowns of Dover
Ashdowns of Dover B&B (Dover)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Walk to Mystery Creek Cave (20 min drive from Southport – easy/medium walk, allow 2 hrs)
  • Roaring Beach lookout (0.5 hr)
  • Fossicking (1 hr)
  • Hastings Caves (1.5-2 hrs)
  • Hastings Thermal Springs (1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Delicious 2-course dinner at Ashdowns of Dover B&B (24 hrs notice required)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Ashdowns of Dover B&B (Dover)

Day 12: Dover to Margate

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Snug Falls
Snug Falls

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Ashdowns of Dover B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Explore Cygnet (1-2 hrs)
  • Fat Pig Farm (0.5-1 hr)
  • Enjoy coastal drive via Eggs and Bacon Bay to Birchs Bay (1 hr)
  • Grandvewe Cheese (0.5-1 hr)
  • Art Farm Birchs Bay (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Peppermint Bay (Woodbridge)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Waterview Gardens
Waterview Gardens B&B (Margate)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Nutpatch Chocolates (0.5 hr)
  • Snug Falls (1.5-2 hrs)
  • Margate Train (0.5-1 hr)
  • Villa Howden High Tea (Sundays, 2 hrs – bookings essential)

🍴 Dinner

  • The Beach House (Blackmans Bay)
  • Food trucks at Brookfield Shed (Friday nights)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 13: Explore Hobart

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Salamanca Market
Iconic Salamanca Market – Photo: Poon Wai Nang

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Waterview Gardens B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Drive to Mt Wellington lookout (1.5 hrs)
  • Explore Salamanca and waterfront precinct (1-2 hrs)
  • Salamanca Market (Saturday mornings, 1 hr)
  • Farm Gate Market (Sunday mornings, 1 hr)
  • Horse drawn Carriages (1 hr)
  • Brooke St Pier (0.5 hr)
  • MONA Museum (half day)
  • Coal River Valley and historic Richmond Village (half day)

🍴 Lunch

  • Flippers Fish Punt (Hobart)
  • Drunken Admiral (Hobart)
  • FARO Restaurant (MONA)
  • Czegs (Richmond)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Waterview gardens
Waterview Gardens B&B (Margate)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (1-3 hrs)
  • Shot Tower (1 hr)
  • Hobart Rivulet walk (1-2 hrs)
  • Cascades Female Factory (1-2 hrs)
  • Cascade Brewery Tour + Beer Garden (1-2 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • Urban Greek (Hobart CBD)
  • Da Angelo (Battery Point)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Waterview Gardens B&B (Margate)

Day 14: Bruny Island Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – The neck Bruny
‘The Neck’ is a Bruny Island must-see

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Waterview Gardens B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Catch ferry to Bruny Island
  • Pennicotts Bruny Island Cruise (3 hrs – To make the most of your time on the island I recommend booking either the first or last cruise of the day – you could book the 11am tour, but it will limit what else you can see on the island)
  • Bruny Island House of Whisky (0.5-1 hr)
  • Bruny Island Cheese Company (0.5-1 hr)
  • Get Shucked Oysters (0.5 hr)
  • Scenic Flight (1 hr)
  • Walk to The Arch (Cape Queen Elizabeth trail, 2 hrs)
  • Enjoy the views from ‘The Neck’ lookout (0.5 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Bruny Island Premium Wines
  • Hotel Bruny (Taranna)
Oysters from Get Shucked - Bruny Island
Oysters from Get Shucked

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Bruny Island Lighthouse tour (30-40 mins drive from Alonnah – tour is 20 mins long)
  • Inala Jurassic Garden (1 hr)
  • Sprokkelwood – Art Garden (by appointment, 1 hr)
  • Pick up a freshly baked loaf from the ‘Bread Fridge’ on the road to Alonnah
  • Ashdale Miniature farm (Thursday to Monday, 1-2 hrs)
  • Bruny Island Chocolate Company (0.5 hr)
  • Spy a white wallaby at Adventure Bay (0.5 hr)
  • Fluted Cape hike (2.5 hrs for the full walk, or 1 hr for the Grass Point section only)
  • Enjoy the views along the drive to Dennes Point and go for a walk on the beach (1-2 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • Panko Chan (Kingston)
  • The Salty Dog Hotel (Kingston)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Waterview Gardens B&B (Margate)

Bruny Island Guided Tour

A lot of travellers appreciate not having to worry about planning the logistics of a day trip to Bruny Island

There are some fantastic tours of Bruny Island that depart from Hobart in the morning, returning in the evening and helping you make the most of every minute on the island.

Click on the link below to see all the best options.


Day 15: Margate to Tasman Peninsula

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Tasmanian Devil
See a Tasmanian Devil on the Tasman Peninsula – Photo: Rob Burnett

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Waterview Gardens B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Eaglehawk Neck (0.5-1 hr)
  • Walk #1 – Tessellated Pavement (0.5 hr)
  • Walk #2 – Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen (<0.5 hr)
  • Walk #3 – Waterfall Bay lookout (1-1.5 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • Doolishus (Eaglehawk Neck)
  • Port Arthur Lavender Farm (Port Arthur)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Storm Bay
Storm Bay B&B (White Beach)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Tasmanian Chocolate Foundry (0.5 hr)
  • Tasmanian Devil UnZoo (1-2 hrs)
  • Port Arthur Lavender Farm (0.5-1 hr)
  • Explore the Coal Mines Historic Site and surrounding walking trails (0.5-2 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • On The Bay Restaurant (Port Arthur)
  • Port Arthur Motor Inn (Port Arthur)
  • 1830 Restaurant (Port Arthur)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 16: Port Arthur Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Historic Site

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Storm Bay B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Port Arthur Historic Site (you could spend from 2 hours up to a full day)
  • Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise (3 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • Port Arthur Historic Site Cafe (Port Arthur)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Storm Bay
Storm Bay B&B (White Beach)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Cape Hauy bushwalk (4-5hrs)
  • Remarkable Cave (0.5 hr)
  • Crescent Bay bushwalk (easy/medium, 3-4 hours)

🍴 Dinner

  • Rosedale Homestead (Taranna)
  • Tasman Ex-Services Club (Nubeena)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Storm Bay B&B (White Beach)

Day 17: Tasman Peninsula to Swansea

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Spiky Bridge
Spiky Bridge

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Storm Bay B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Pirate’s Bay lookout + Coffee at Cubed Espresso (0.5 hr)
  • Bangor Vineyard Shed (0.5-1 hr)
  • Hellfire Bluff Distillery (0.5-1 hr)
  • Blue Lagoon Oysters (0.5 hr)
  • Walk the Orford ‘Old Convict Road’ (1 hr)
  • Stop by as many beaches as you like
  • Spiky Bridge (0.5 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • The Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery (Swansea)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Freycinet Waters
Freycinet Waters B&B (Swansea)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Self-guided ‘Swansea Heritage Walk’ around town (1 hr)
  • East Coast Heritage Museum (0.5-1 hr)
  • Kate’s Berry Farm (0.5-1 hr)
  • Loon.tite.ter.mair.re.le.hoin.er (Waterloo Point) walking track (1 hr)
  • Pick a beach and go for a swim

🍴 Dinner

  • The Saltshaker Cafe and Restaurant (Swansea)
  • Piermont Homestead Restaurant (Swansea)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 18: Freycinet – OR – Maria Island Day Trip

The East Coast is another part of Tasmania where you are spoiled for choice.

With enough time available to you I thoroughly recommend that you experience both Freycinet National Park and Maria Island.

If it comes down to a choice between the two then Maria Island is my recommendation, as it is my favourite place in all of Tasmania!

I have written this section so that you can choose between the two – but if you have an extra night or two then definitely combine them together.

Freycinet Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos – Photo: Daniel Tran

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Freycinet Waters B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Wine tastings (Milton Vineyard, Gala Estate, Devils Corner)
  • Soak up the sweeping views of The Hazards from the Devil’s Corner carpark
  • Freycinet Coast Patisserie at Craigie Knowe Vineyard (Friday to Monday, 11-4pm, with high tea an option at midday)

🍴 Lunch

  • Devils Corner Vineyard (Apslawn)
  • Freycinet Marine Farm (before Coles Bay)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Freycinet Waters
Freycinet Waters B&B (Swansea)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Walking Option #1 – Wineglass Bay Lookout (medium, 1-1.5 hrs)
  • Walking Option #2 – Wineglass Bay and return (medium/hard, 2-3 hrs)
  • Walking Option #3 – Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Loop (medium/hard, 4-5 hrs)
  • ‘Tasmanian Tasting’ at Freycinet Lodge (1 hr)
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse (0.5 hr)
  • Bird watching at Moulting Lagoon (0.5-1 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Swansea RSL Bistro (Swansea)
  • The Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery (Swansea)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Freycinet Waters B&B (Swansea)

Maria Island Day Trip

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Maria Island
Maria Island

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Freycinet Waters B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Catch the ferry across to Maria Island (rent a bike as well!)
  • Explore Darlington Probation Station, including the Commissariat Store
  • Take a photo of iconic ‘Ruby Hunt’s Cottage’
  • See the whalebones and say g’day to wombats!
  • See the Painted Cliffs (check tide times, as they are only accessible at low tide)

🍴 Lunch

  • Bring a packed lunch and eat on the beach (no shops on the island)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Freycinet Waters
Freycinet Waters B&B (Swansea)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Fossil Cliffs
  • Bushwalk to Bishop and Clerk (hard, 4-5 hrs)
  • Photos of Skipping Ridge and Bishop and Clerk
  • Snorkelling and swimming

🍴 Dinner

  • Swansea RSL Bistro (Swansea)
  • The Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery (Swansea)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Freycinet Waters B&B (Swansea)

Day 19: Swansea to Beaumaris Beach and Bay of Fires

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Devils Corner Vineyard
Devils Corner Vineyard

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Freycinet Waters B&B

🚘 Morning activities

  • Wineries (if you couldn’t fit them in earlier)
  • Icecreams from the Pondering Frog (0.5 hr)
  • Bicheno Blowhole (0.5 hr)
  • East Coast Nature World (2 hr)

🍴 Lunch

  • Lobster Shack (Bicheno)
  • Purple Possum Cafe (St Marys)
  • The Gulch (Bicheno)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Beaumaris Beach Guest House
Beaumaris Beach Guest House (Beaumaris Beach)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Explore Bicheno (1 hr)
  • Apsley Waterhole (0.5-2 hrs)
  • Beer tastings at Ironhouse Brewery at White Sands Estate (0.5-1 hr)
  • Evercreech Forest Reserve (0.5-1 hr)
  • Winifred Curtis Reserve (1-2 hrs)
  • Shelly Point (0.5 hr)

🍴 Dinner

  • Enjoy a delicious meal at Beaumaris Beach Guest House (guests only)
  • Fearless Freddy Cafe (Scamander)

🏡 Where to stay


Day 20: Explore Bay of Fires

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days - Tasmania's Best Bed and Breakfast Trail - Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires – Photo: Sean Scott

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Beaumaris Beach Guest House

🚘 Morning activities

  • St Helens MTB Trails (half or full day)
  • Explore coastline from Binalong Bay north to The Gardens (2 hrs)
  • Tas4x4Tours (full day)
  • Secret River Gem Hunting and Kayaking Tours (4-5 hrs)
  • Charter fishing

🍴 Lunch

  • Meresta Eatery (Binalong Bay)
  • ‘The Social’ Beer Garden and Street Food (St Helens)
  • Lifebouy Cafe (St Helens)
  • Naturaliste Cafe Bar & Restaurant (St Helens)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Beaumaris Beach Guest House
Beaumaris Beach Guest House (Beaumaris Beach)

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Lease 65 Oyster Farm (no eat-in facilities, enjoy them by the beach!)
  • Bay of Fires EcoTours Cruise (2 hrs)
  • Serpentarium Wildlife Park (1-2 hrs)
  • Explore St Helens (Mint Gallery, Suncoast Gallery, The Shop in the Bush, Priory Ridge Wines)
  • Mainly Maritime History Museum (0.5-3 hrs)

🍴 Dinner

  • Raida (St Helens)
  • Parkside Bar & Kitchen (St Helens)
  • Panorama (St Helens)
  • Fearless Freddy Cafe (Scamander)

🏡 Where to stay

  • Beaumaris Beach Guest House (Beaumaris)

Day 21: Bay of Fires to Devonport

Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – Cataract Gorge
Cataract Gorge

🍴 Breakfast

  • Enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast at Beaumaris Beach Guest House

🚘 Morning activities

  • Halls Falls (1-1.5 hrs)
  • St Columba Falls (1 hr)
  • Pub in The Paddock (0.5 hr)
  • Pyengana Dairy (0.5-1 hr)
  • Mt Paris Dam (0.5-1 hr)
  • Little Blue Lake (0.5 hr)
  • Carved trees at Legerwood (0.5 hr)
  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate (December to early February, 1-2 hrs)

🍴 Lunch

  • The Bean Barrow (Lilydale)
  • Relish Cafe (Launceston)
  • Samuel Pepy’s Cafe (Launceston)
  • Josef Chromy Winery (Relbia)
Tasmania Itinerary 21 Days – Tasmania’s Best Bed and Breakfast Trail – The Grand on Macfie
The Grand on Macfie B&B

🚘 Afternoon activities

  • Cataract Gorge (1-3 hrs)
  • Tamar Valley Wetlands (1-2 hrs)
  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (1 hr)
  • Hazelbrae Hazelnuts Orchard Tour (1 hr) – Special Offer
  • Catch the ferry home – OR – Stay one more night

🍴 Dinner

  • Valentino’s Family Restaurant (Devonport)

🏡 Where to stay


Plan your Tasmania road trip

I hope you have found my 21-day Tasmania road trip itinerary useful in planning your holiday!

To put it all together just takes 5 simple steps…

  1. Learn more about Tasmania, including:
  2. Plan your road trip itinerary – right here!
  3. Decide how to get to Tasmania
  4. Choose your vehicle (and save money):
  5. Book your accommodation

It’s that easy! 😊

We would love to see you over in our Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group as well. It would have to be one of Tasmania’s friendliest groups, and whether you are a first-timer to Tassie or a repeat visitor you are guaranteed to get some fantastic tips to help with your travel planning.

Happy travels,
Andrew.

ps. If this is your first time visiting Tasmania, or you are a bit nervous about planning your road trip, then you will love my eBook – “How to Plan Your Tasmania Road Trip“. It  takes you through the whole process in easy-to-follow steps and also includes a free Holiday Planner that you can use for Tasmania and any other holiday you take in the future!

Travel planning resources

Tasmania’s remote location means there are internet ‘black spots’ across the island. 

A paper travel guide or map is the perfect backup, and we love the range from Lonely Planet.

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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