14-Day Tasmanian Road Trip Itinerary

The 'Ultimate' Self-Drive Holiday

© Jason Charles Hill

This self-drive 14-day itinerary is what we like to call the ‘Ultimate’ Tasmanian 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!

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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

Tasmania Itinerary (14 days)

Want to experience the very best of Tasmania? 14 days is the perfect amount of time, and a 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 for you we’ve used our extensive local knowledge to create this 14-day self drive itinerary.

Read: Complete Guide to the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ Ferry

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

We understand that everyone has different travel priorities, and that’s why we’ve provided multiple options on some days – so you can choose the place or activity that suits you best.

For some, 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.

You can follow this itinerary exactly, or adjust it to suit your own style of travel. It’s that easy!

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We feel that 14 days is the ideal amount of time to experience the Lap of Tasmania.

The distance covered per day varies from as little as 110km to 250km at the most. And to ensure there’s no rush we’ve included 2-night stays in the 5 most popular locations.

So, 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 – Dandy Lane (Hobart)

🚘 Morning

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

🍴 Lunch – Agrarian Kitchen (New Norfolk)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Mt Field – Russell Falls, Waterfall Gallery
  • Westerway – Westerway Raspberry Farm (Dec-Mar)
  • Hamilton – Kingdom Gallery at Glen Clyde House
  • Tarraleah – Highland cows

🍴 Dinner – Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel (Derwent Bridge)

🏠 Accommodation – Lake St Clair Lodge (Lake St Clair)

Read More: Best Places to Stay in the Derwent Valley

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 – Lake St Clair Lodge (Lake St Clair)

🚘 Morning

  • Wall in the Wilderness – OR – Lake St Clair
  • 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
  • Option 2: Queenstown – Paragon Theatre, LARQ Gallery, Eric Thomas Galley Museum
  • Drive to Strahan

🍴 Dinner – Bushmans (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments (Strahan)

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 – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Included in your cruise

🚘 Afternoon

🍴 Dinner – Fredericks (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments (Strahan)

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 – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments

🚘 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 – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Cradle Mountain)

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Cradle Mountain | 📷: Emilie Ristevski

🏁  Free Day

🕓  Free Day

📌  Cradle Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Highland Restaurant (Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Picnic hamper (ask the hotel)

🚘 Afternoon

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

🍴 Dinner – Altitude Restaurant (Cradle Mountain Hotel)

🏠 Accommodation – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Cradle Mountain)

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 – Highland Restaurant (Peppers Lodge)

🚘 Morning

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

🍴 Lunch – The Chocolate Gallery and Cafe (Stanley) – [Special Offer]

🚘 Afternoon

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

🍴 Dinner – Xanders (Stanley)

🏠 Accommodation – Cable Station (Stanley)

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 – Cable Station (but don’t eat too much – it’s a big day for foodies!)

🚘 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 – Tuckshop at Barringwood (Lower Barrington)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Sheffield – Explore the murals
  • Ashgrove Cheese
  • Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
  • Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • See the historic towns of Deloraine, Westbury and Hadspen on your way to Launceston.

🍴 Dinner – Black Cow – OR – Brisbane Street Bistro (Launceston)

🏠 Accommodation – Change Overnight (Launceston)

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 – Stillwater (Launceston)

🚘 Morning

  • Launceston – Cataract Gorge
  • 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’ – See the historic towns of Branxholm, Derby and Weldborough
  • Pyengana – Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe, Pub in the Paddock

🍴 Dinner – Lichen Restaurant (Binalong Bay)

🏠 Accommodation – Sea Eagle Cottage (Binalong Bay)

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 – Lichen Restaurant and Cafe (Binalong Bay)

🚘 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 at the ‘Lone Tree’ of Binalong Bay (here)

🍴 Dinner – Nina Restaurant and Bar (St Helens)

🏠 Accommodation – Sea Eagle Cottage (Binalong Bay)

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

See the exciting Bicheno Blowhole on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Bicheno Blowhole | 📷: Poon Wai Nang

🏁  120 km

🕓  1hr 40mins + Stops

📌  East Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Lifebuoy Cafe (St Helens)

🚘 Morning

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

🍴 Lunch – Lobster Shack (Bicheno)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Friendly Beaches
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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

🏠 Accommodation – Freycinet Lodge (Coles Bay)

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 – Freycinet Lodge (Coles Bay)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch

  • Option 1: If you book the cruise then lunch is provided
  • Option 2: Speak with Freycinet Lodge about their Hazards Seafood Indulgence Package (Hazards Beach)
  • 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 – Freycinet Lodge (Coles Bay)

Day 12: Coles Bay to Port Arthur

Ghost Tours of Historic Port Arthur - Tasmania Road Trip
Enjoy a spooky ghost tour at Port Arthur | 📷: Hype TV

🏁  240 km

🕓  3 hours + Stops

📌  East Coast + Tasman Peninsula

🍴 Breakfast – Freycinet Lodge (Coles Bay)

🚘 Morning

  • Apslawn Wineries – Devil’s Corner, Spring Vale and Milton vineyards
  • Swansea – Spiky Bridge
🍴 Lunch – Bangor Vineyard Shed (Dunalley)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Tessellated Pavement – OR – Officer’s Quarters Museum (Eaglehawk Neck)
  • Tasman Arch
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Federation Chocolate
  • Remarkable Cave

🍴 Dinner – 1830 Restaurant and Bar (Port Arthur)

🏠 Accommodation – The Pear Cottage (Nubeena)

Day 13: Port Arthur to Hobart (via Richmond)

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

🏁  110 km

🕓  1hr 45mins + Stops

📌  Tasman Peninsula + Coal River Valley

🍴 Breakfast – The Pear Cottage (Nubeena)

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Gabriel’s on the Bay (Port Arthur) – OR – Doo-Lishus (Eaglehawk Neck)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Richmond Village – See St John Church, Richmond Bridge, Main Street, Richmond Gaol, and the Richmond Wine Wall
  • Wicked Cheese
  • Coal River Farm

🍴 Dinner – Landscape Restaurant and Grill (Hobart)

🏠 Accommodation – MACq 01 Hotel (Hobart)

Read More: Best Places to Stay in Hobart

Day 14: 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 – Small-Fry – OR – Pigeon Hole Cafe (Hobart)

🚘 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)

🚘 Afternoon

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

🍴 Dinner – Franklin (Hobart)

🏠 Accommodation – MACq 01 Hotel (Hobart)

Plan your Tasmania road trip

Here’s how to make your Tasmania road trip happen in 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
  3. Book your flight or ferry to Tasmania
  4. Book your hire car or campervan
  5. Book your accommodation

It’s that easy! 👍

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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