14-Day Tasmanian Road Trip Itinerary

The 'Ultimate' Self-Drive Holiday

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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!

Last Updated – March 2020

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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.

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!

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

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

🚘 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 – View 42 (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation

⚠️ Important

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

View 42 (all week) and Frederick’s at Ormiston House (Mon-Fri) are your two best options, but try to arrive before 8:30pm.

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 – Fredericks at Ormiston House (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation

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 – 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

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 – 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 – Stanley Hotel and Bistro (Stanley)

🏠 Accommodation

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 – Your accommodation – 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 – OR – Fudge’n’Good Cafe (Sheffield)

🚘 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 – Smokey Joe’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
  • 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 – Meresta Eatery (Binalong Bay)

🏠 Accommodation

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

🍴 Dinner – Nina Restaurant and Bar (St Helens)

🏠 Accommodation

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 – 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 – Lobster Shack (Bicheno)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Friendly Beaches
  • Cape Tourville Lighthouse

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

🏠 Accommodation

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: 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

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
🍴 Lunch – Bangor Vineyard Shed (Dunalley)

🚘 Afternoon

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

🍴 Dinner – 1830 Restaurant and Bar (Port Arthur)

🏠 Accommodation

 🌞 Day Trip to Maria Island

For something equally as special as our itinerary above, or 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.

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

🚘 Afternoon

  • Richmond Village – See St John Church, Richmond Bridge, historic Main Street, Richmond Gaol, and the Richmond Wine Wall
  • Wicked Cheese
  • 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 our LAPOFTAS promo code! 

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 – 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)

🚘 Afternoon

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

🍴 Dinner – Franklin (Hobart)

🏠 Accommodation

Read More: Best Places to Stay in 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! 👍

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 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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