14-Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Your 'Ultimate' Self-Drive Holiday and Tasmania Road Trip

This self-drive 14-day Tasmania itinerary is what I like to call your ‘Ultimate’ Tasmania road trip.

No rush. No pressure. Just 14 days of pure driving pleasure as you experience the best natural wonders, gastronomic delights and historic sites Tasmania has to offer!

Last Updated – February 2022

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A Tasmania road trip is full of sweeping bends
Enjoy the sweeping curves of the East Coast on your Tasmania 14-day road trip itinerary | 📷: Pete Harmsen

Self-drive Tasmania Itinerary (14 days)

Want to experience the very best Tasmania trip? 

14 days is the perfect amount of time, and a Tasmania road trip is the ultimate way to explore this amazing island.

But what should you see? Where to stay? And do you know the best places to eat?

To make things easy and stress-free I’ve used my extensive local knowledge to create this 14-day self-drive Tasmania itinerary.

Together with my wife I have called Tasmania home for more than 15 years now, so you can rest assured that all my recommendations come from personal experience and my passion to get out on the open road.

Unlike many bloggers who fly-in and fly-out a week later, I have taken the time to establish long-lasting relationships with many of Tasmania’s finest accommodation and tour providers all around the island – and this means I have a huge range of special deals and discounts that you won’t find anywhere else online.

Keep reading to learn more, or you can click here for the full list!

Camping at Bay of Fires - Tasmania Road Trip
Camping at the Bay of Fires | 📷: Sean Scott

When it comes to the way this itinerary is structured, I understand that everyone has different travel priorities, and that’s why I’ve provided multiple options on some days so you can choose the place or activity that suits you best.

For some travellers, family-friendly activities are essential. Or perhaps you want to focus on the outdoors over historic sites? Maybe you prefer to self-cater, rather than eat out. And of course many of us need to stretch our travel dollar as far as it can go, while others will want to experience the Lap of Tasmania in luxury.

It is so important to me that your Tasmania road trip is as special as possible, no matter what your style of travel – which is why I have tailored this Tasmania itinerary to be extremely flexible and adjustable.

You can follow this itinerary exactly, or adjust it to suit your own preferences. Clockwise or anti-clockwise doesn’t matter at all – it’s that easy!

If you have any questions at all, or need more advice, we would love to hear from you over in our Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group. It is a super-friendly community without any grumpy buggers or keyboard warriors to spoil your fun – come and say g’day 😊

I feel that 14 days is the ideal amount of time for a Tasmania driving holiday.

The distance covered per day in this itinerary varies from as little as 110km up to 250km at the most, and this means you can drive around at a leisurely pace while still making the most of your time in Tasmania.

To ensure you aren’t feeling too rushed I’ve also included 2-night stays in the 5 most popular locations.

That’s enough chat… let’s get this show on the road!

Day 1: Hobart to Derwent Bridge (via Mt Field)

Enjoy the still water of the Salmon Ponds on your Derwent Valley Road Trip in Tasmania
Spy platypus at the Salmon Ponds | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

🏁  225 km

🕓  3hr 30mins + Stops

📌  Derwent Valley

🍴 Breakfast – Pigeon Hole Cafe (Hobart)

🚘 Morning

  • New Norfolk – St Matthews church, Bush Inn and Drill Hall Emporium.
  • Pulpit Rock lookout

🍴 Lunch – Agrarian Kitchen (New Norfolk) -OR – Cheeky Little Place (New Norfolk)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Mt Field – Russell Falls short walk, Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery (souvenirs!)
  • Westerway – Westerway Raspberry Farm (Dec-Mar) – OR – Platypus spotting
  • Hamilton – Kingdom Gallery at Glen Clyde House
  • Tarraleah – Highland cows and Hydro history

🍴 Dinner – Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel (Derwent Bridge)

🏠 Accommodation

Read More: Best Places to Stay in the Derwent Valley

🗺️ Got a couple of extra days? Extend your road trip!

For me, the Derwent Valley is one of Tasmania’s most special places and you could easily spend 3 or 4 nights in the region.

If you have the time, I recommend basing yourself in New Norfolk at the stunning Explorers Lodge B&B (read my review here) and using it as a base to drive up to Mt Field, and out to Maydena, Lake Pedder and Strathgordon.

One other region that flies waaaay under the radar is the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, you will love a couple of nights at the gorgeous Ratho Farm in Bothwell (read my review here) and doing day-trips into the surrounding region.

Day 2: Derwent Bridge to Strahan

West coast roads on your Tasmania itinerary 10 days
Your 'Essential' Tasmania Itinerary (10 days) | 📷: We are Explorers

🏁  130 km

🕓  2 hours + Stops

📌  West Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Hungry Wombat Cafe (Derwent Bridge)

🚘 Morning

  • Wall in the Wilderness wood carving – OR – Lake St Clair walking trails
  • Drive the ’99 Bends’
  • Franklin River Nature Trail
  • Nelson Falls Nature trail
  • Queenstown – Iron Blow Lookout

🍴 Lunch – Tracks Cafe (Queenstown)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Option 1: RoamWild Tour – OR – Mountain biking on Mt Owen
  • Option 2: Explore Queenstown by foot (Paragon Theatre, Soggy Brolly shared art space, Missing Tiger book store, historic Empire Hotel)
  • Drive to Strahan

🍴 Dinner – View 42 – OR – Hamers Bar & Bistro (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation

🥂 Special Offer!

Book the ‘Bed, Breakfast & Boat’ package with Harrison House B&B, and when you mention the Lap of Tasmania you will also receive your choice of either:

  • FREE bottle of 9th Island Pinot Noir 🍷 – OR –
  • FREE glass of sparkling wine 🥂 and a ‘Button Grass Brewery’ craft beer 🍺

Valid for direct bookings only.

⚠️ Important

Strahan is a small town with limited late night dining options – especially on a Sunday.

View 42 (all week), Hamers Bar & Bistro (all week), and Risby Cove (Wed-Sun) are your three best options, but make sure you arrive before 8:30pm. Regatta Point Tavern is also a good option, however they are only open from 6-8pm for dinner (all week).

For other venues around town try to arrive before 6:30pm.

Day 3: Strahan

World Heritage Cruises on Macquarie Harbour - Tasmania Road Trip
Macquarie Harbour World Heritage Cruises | 📷: World Heritage Cruises

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  West Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – The Coffee Shack (Strahan)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Included in your cruise

🚘 Afternoon

🍴 Dinner – Risby Cove (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation

🗺️ Want more time on the West Coast? Queenstown is fantastic!

Queenstown is one of the most fascinating towns you will find anywhere in Australia.

Stay an extra night or two on your way to/from Strahan and discover its emerging arts scene and stark landscapes with a couple of nights at historic Penghana B&B (read my review). 

Many road trippers tell me that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is at its best when you start from the Queenstown end as well! 

Day 4: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Lap of Tasmania road trip
Rugged beauty on the West Coast Wilderness Railway | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

🏁  140 km

🕓  2 hours + Stops

📌  West Coast + Cradle Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – The Coffee Shack (Strahan)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – On the train (included in the ‘Wilderness Carriage’ carriage upgrade) – OR – Risby Cove after the tour (if you select the ‘Heritage Carriage’)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Zeehan – Spray Tunnel (if time allows)
  • Vale of Belvoir Lookout
  • Cradle Mountain Village – Explore short walks around the interpretation centre

🍴 Dinner – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Tavern Bar and Bistro – OR – Highland Restaurant)

🏠 Accommodation

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

Snow on Cradle Mountain
Snow on Cradle Mountain | 📷: Pierre Destribats

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  Cradle Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Cradle Mountain Hotel (non-guests are allowed)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Picnic hamper (if staying at Peppers Lodge) – OR – Cradle Mountain Hotel

🚘 Afternoon

  • Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery
  • Waldheim Alpine Spa – Spa Treatment
  • Peppers Lodge – Wine and cheese tasting
  • Peppers Lodge – Native animal spotlight tour

🍴 Dinner – Hellyers Restaurant (Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village)

🏠 Accommodation

Day 6: Cradle Mountain to Stanley

Looking across at the Nut at Stanley on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
The Nut at Stanley | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

🏁  170 km

🕓  2hrs 30mins + Stops

📌  Cradle Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Highland Restaurant (Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge)

🚘 Morning

  • Hellyer Gorge scenic drive
  • Table Cape – Lighthouse
  • Table Cape – Tulip Farm (Sep-Oct)
  • Boat Harbour Beach
  • Drive on to Stanley

🍴 Lunch – Touchwood (Stanley)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Highfield House – Self-guided tour
  • The ‘Nut’ – Chairlift to the top of the ‘Nut
  • The ‘Nut’ – Explore the walking trails on top

🍴 Dinner – Stanley Hotel and Bistro (Stanley)

🏠 Accommodation

🥂 Special Offer!

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your relaxing stay at The Ark Stanley and receive:

  • FREE cooked breakfast 🍳
  • Complimentary bottle of wine for stays of 2 or more nights 🍾
  • Late checkout to noon!
Valid for direct bookings only.
 

Check prices and availability

Day 7: Stanley to Launceston (via Devonport and Sheffield)

Taste the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe | 📷: Danielle Prowse

🏁  230 km

🕓  3 hours + Stops

📌  Cradle Coast

🍴 Breakfast – The Ark Stanley – OR – Moby Dick’s Breakfast Bar (Stanley)

🚘 Morning

  • Coastal drive
  • Burnie – Tastings at Hellyers Distillery
  • Turner’s Beach – The Berry Patch
  • Penguin – The ‘Big Penguin’
  • See Ulverstone and Devonport
  • Latrobe – Anvers Chocolates

🍴 Lunch – Blacksmith Gallery Cafe (Sheffield)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Sheffield – Explore the murals
  • Ashgrove Cheese / Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm / Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • Hagley – Hazelbrae Hazelnuts (they have a fantastic cafe for light meals as well)
  • See the historic towns of Deloraine, Westbury and Hadspen on your way to Launceston.

🍴 Dinner – Stelo at Pierre’s (Launceston)

🏠 Accommodation

Read More: Best Places to Stay in Launceston

Day 8: Launceston to Bay of Fires (via Tamar Valley)

See the colours at Bridestowe Lavender Estate on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Bridestowe Lavender Estate | 📷: Brian Dullaghan

🏁  240 km

🕓   3hrs 15mins + Stops

📌  Tamar Valley + North East

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Stillwater (Launceston)

🚘 Morning

  • Launceston – Cataract Gorge – OR – Tamar Wetlands Walk
  • Tamar Valley Wineries – Moores Hill, Wines for Joanie

🍴 Lunch – Pipers Brook Vineyard Cafe (Pipers Brook)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm (allow an extra 40mins drive time)
  • ‘Tin Dragon’ Trail – See the historic towns of Branxholm, Derby and Weldborough
  • Pyengana – Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe, St Columba Falls, Pub in the Paddock
  • Mountain bikers will want at least half a day to ride the world-class trails of ‘Blue Derby’

🍴 Dinner – Meresta Eatery (Binalong Bay)

🏠 Accommodation

🎉 Special Offer!

Use my LAPOFTAS code when booking your beach escape at Beaumaris Beach Guest House and receive 5% OFF all room rates!

Valid for direct bookings only, and not available in combination with other offers.

Day 9: Bay of Fires

Cool waters of Bay of Fires are a must on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
A rainbow of colour at the Bay of Fires | 📷: Sean Scott

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  East Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Lifebuoy Cafe (St Helens)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – The Bays Kitchen (St Helens)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Lease 65 Oysters
  • Option 1: Explore the Bay of Fires beaches, dunes and coves north of Binalong Bay
  • Option 2: Visit Suncoast Gallery, The Shop in the Bush, and Priority Ridge Winery (Sep-May)
  • Sunset over the rocks of Binalong Bay (here)

🍴 Dinner – Raida (St Helens) – OR – Naturaliste (St Helens)

🏠 Accommodation

Day 10: Bay of Fires to Coles Bay (Freycinet)

Redbill Beach is easily reached by foot from Bicheno | Photo: Graham Freeman and Tourism Tasmania

🏁  120 km

🕓  1hr 40mins + Stops

📌  East Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Lifebuoy Cafe (St Helens)

🚘 Morning

  • Four Mile Creek – Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery
  • Douglas Apsley National Park – Apsley River Waterhole
  • Bicheno – The Bicheno blowhole

🍴 Lunch – The Lobster Shack (Bicheno)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Friendly Beaches
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse

🍴 Dinner – The Bay Restaurant (Freycinet Lodge – Coles Bay)

🏠 Accommodation

🎁 Special Offer!

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your cosy seaside retreat at Freycinet Waters and receive:

  • a FREE cooked breakfast 🍳
  • and early check-in 🛎️

Valid for direct bookings only.

Day 11: Coles Bay (Freycinet)

See a magnificent sunrise from Mt Amos on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Sunrise over Wineglass Bay | 📷: Daniel Tran

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  East Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Geographe Restaurant (Coles Bay)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch

  • Option 1: If you book the cruise then lunch is provided
  • Option 2: Enjoy lunch at The Bay Restaurant at Freycinet Lodge
  • Option 3: Enjoy a casual meal at Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar (Coles Bay)

🚘 Afternoon

🍴 Dinner – The Edge Restaurant (Edge of the Bay Resort)

🏠 Accommodation

Day 12: Coles Bay to Port Arthur

Port Arthur Ghost Tour
Nothing spookier than a Port Arthur Ghost Tour! | 📷: Hype TV

🏁  240 km

🕓  3 hours + Stops

📌  East Coast + Tasman Peninsula

🍴 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Geographe Restaurant (Coles Bay)

🚘 Morning

  • Apslawn Wineries – Devil’s Corner, Spring Vale and Milton vineyards
  • Swansea – Spiky Bridge and Spiky Beach

🍴 Lunch – Bangor Vineyard (Dunalley)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Pirate’s Bay Lookout
  • Tessellated Pavement – OR – Officer’s Quarters Museum (Eaglehawk Neck)
  • Tasman Arch
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Remarkable Cave
  • Port Arthur Ghost Tour

🍴 Dinner – 1830 Restaurant and Bar (Port Arthur)

🏠 Accommodation

🎁 Special Offer!

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your relaxing escape at Storm Bay B&B on the beautiful Tasman Peninsula and receive:

  • a FREE cooked breakfast 🍳
  • and early check-in from 2pm 🛎️

Valid for direct bookings only.

 🌞 Day Trip to Maria Island

For something truly special, if you have an extra day available why not consider a day trip to Maria Island?

This island is pure magic, getting you close to nature without the crowds. Wombats are everywhere, the walks are stunning, and there is plenty of history as well.

You will need to allow a full day, as you can’t drive onto the island. The ferry takes 30 minutes each way from Triabunna Wharf. Don’t forget to take a packed lunch as well, as there are no shops on the island either.

Hot Tip – Hire a bike to make the most of your time on the island! For photos and more information about Maria Island click here.

Day 13: Port Arthur to Richmond

Explore historic Richmond on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Explore historic Richmond Village | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

🏁  90 km

🕓  1hr 20mins + Stops

📌  Tasman Peninsula + Coal River Valley

 Breakfast – Your accommodation – OR – Port Arthur General Store

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – On the Bay (Port Arthur) – OR – Doo-Lishus (Eaglehawk Neck)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Richmond Village – See St John’s Church, Richmond Bridge, historic Main Street, Richmond Gaol, and the Richmond Wine Wall
  • Wicked Cheese
  • Pooley Wines – OR – Coal River Farm

🍴 Dinner – Prospect House Private Hotel – OR – Richmond Arms Hotel

🏠 Accommodation

 💕 Looking for a romantic getaway?

Save 15% on the ‘Room + Breakfast’ rate at gorgeous Prospect House Private Hotel when you use my LAPOFTAS promo code! – Check Prices Here

Day 14: Richmond to Hobart

See the Historic Salamanca Waterfront by horse drawn carriage on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Historic Salamanca Waterfront | 📷: Tanya Challice Photography

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  Hobart

🍴 Breakfast – Ashmore on Bridge Street (Richmond) – OR – Prospect House Private Hotel (Richmond)

🚘 Morning

  • Mt Wellington Summit
  • Salamanca Market (Saturday) – OR – Farm Gate Market (Sunday)
  • Hobart Waterfront – Salamanca, Brooke Street Pier
  • Lark Distillery
  • Kelly’s Steps
  • Walk to Battery Point and explore
  • Alternative Option – Hobart’s Hop-on Hop-off Bus

🍴 Lunch – Templo (Hobart) – OR New Sydney Hotel (Hobart)

🚘 Afternoon

  • MONA Ferry – Splurge and get a ‘Posh Pit’ ticket!
  • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
  • Sunset drinks at The Glass House

🍴 Dinner – Aloft (Hobart)

🏠 Accommodation

Read More: Best Places to Stay in Hobart

🎁 Special Offer!

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your delightful Hobart getaway at Waterview Gardens B&B and receive:

  • 10% OFF your booking; and
  • FREE bottle of bubbles 🍾 – OR – cheese platter 🧀 upon arrival!

Valid for direct bookings only.

Plan your Tasmania road trip

I hope you have found my 14-day Tasmania road trip itinerary useful in planning your holiday!

To put it all together just takes 5 simple steps…

  1. Learn more about the Lap of Tasmania, the best time to visit and places to see
  2. Plan your road trip itinerary (right here!)
  3. Book your flight or ferry to Tasmania
  4. Book your hire car or campervan
  5. Book your accommodation

It’s that easy! 👍

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 hard copy travel guide or map is the perfect backup, and I 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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