7-Day Tasmanian Road Trip Itinerary

The 'Tassie Whirlwind' Self-Drive Holiday

© Jason Charles Hill

This self-drive Tasmania itinerary (7-days) is what we like to call the ‘Tassie Whirlwind’.

It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s jam-packed full of things to see and do, and you’re going to have the time of your life!

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Road to the Sentinel Range - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Road to the Sentinel Range | 📷: Jason Charles Hill

Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

Do you only have one week for your Tasmania itinerary? 7 days is all the time you need to experience the Lap of Tasmania and have the road trip of your life!

It’s not a lot of time, so every minute counts. And that’s where we can help.

We know Tasmania inside out, and with this itinerary we’ll make sure your Tasmanian road trip is all killer, no filler 👌

Ocean Beach Lookout - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Ocean Beach Lookout | 📷: Jason Charles Hill

Fair warning, one week is the absolute minimum amount of time we recommend for a full Lap of Tasmania.

It’s a small island, but it is also jam-packed full of things to see and do.

This 7 day itinerary takes you to Tassie’s Big 12 iconic natural wonders and historic sites, while also giving you the chance to taste the amazing food you’ll find around every corner.

Read: 14-Day ‘Ultimate’ Tasmanian Road Trip Itinerary

Do you like to live life in the fast lane? Do you try to pack as much as possible into your holiday? Do you find the drive just as enjoyable as the destination?

If you answered ‘yes’, then this exciting ‘Tassie Whirlwind’ is the itinerary you’ve been looking for!

🔥 2 x Bonus 7-day Loop Itineraries

We also provide two bonus 7-day itinerary options – the East Coast Loop and West Coast Loop

With less driving, and more time at each destination these itineraries are a fantastic alternative to the full Lap – and they give you the perfect reason to return to Tasmania for another road trip!

Click here to find out more

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan (via Mt Field)

Russell Falls - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Russell Falls | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography

🏁  360 km

🕓  5hr 15mins + Stops

📌  Derwent Valley + West Coast

Note: This is a big day, so maximise your time and start as early as possible.

🍴 Breakfast – Dandy Lane (Hobart)

🚘 Morning

  • Explore New Norfolk – St Matthews church, Bush Inn and Drill Hall Emporium
  • Salmon Ponds
  • Russell Falls (Mt Field)

🍴 Lunch – Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery (Mt Field)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Wall in the Wilderness – OR – Lake St Clair
  • Drive the ’99 Bends’ between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown
  • Franklin River Nature Trail – OR – Nelson Falls Nature trail
  • Iron Blow Lookout (Queenstown)

🍴 Dinner – Bushmans (Strahan) – OR – Fredericks (Strahan)

🏠 Accommodation – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments (Strahan)

⚠️ Important

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

Bushman’s (Mon-Sat) and Frederick’s at Ormiston House (Mon-Fri) are your two best options, but make sure you arrive before 8:30pm.

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

Day 2: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

World Heritage Cruises on Macquarie harbour - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Macquarie Harbour World Heritage Cruises | 📷: World Heritage Cruises

🏁  140 km

🕓  2 hours + Stops

📌  West Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments

🚘 Morning

🍴 Lunch – Included in your cruise – OR – Risby Cove after the railway tour

🚘 Afternoon

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

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

🏠 Accommodation – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Cradle Mountain)

Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston (via Stanley and Sheffield)

Crater Lake and Cradle Mountain - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
See Crater Lake and Cradle Mountain on your Tasmania 7-day itinerary | 📷: Jason Charles Hill

🏁  410 km

🕓  5hr 40mins + Stops

📌  Cradle Coast

Note: This is a big day, so maximise your time and start as early as possible.

🍴 Breakfast – Highland Restaurant (Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge)

🚘 Morning

  • Dove Lake loop walk
  • Hellyer Gorge scenic drive
  • The ‘Nut’ – Chairlift to the top of the ‘Nut and explore

🍴 Lunch – The Chocolate Gallery and Cafe (Stanley)

🚘 Afternoon

  • Coastal drive through Burnie, Penguin and Devonport
  • Anvers Chocolates (Latrobe)
  • See the murals at Sheffield (if time permits)
  • Ashgrove Cheese – OR – Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm – OR – Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • Drive through the historic towns of Deloraine, Westbury and Hadspen

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

🏠 Accommodation – Hatherley Birrell Collection (Launceston)

👍 Optional alternative

This is a big day. By staying in Sheffield or Devonport (instead of Launceston) you can have a bit more time in either Cradle Mountain or Stanley. 

The only downside is that the next day will be a little bit longer, and you won’t stop in Launceston – pushing through to Bay of Fires instead.

Day 4: Launceston to Bay of Fires (via the Tamar Valley)

Bridestowe Estate - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Bridestowe Estate | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Dan Fellow

🏁  240 km

🕓  3hr 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
  • Sunset at the ‘Lone Tree’ of Binalong Bay (here)

🍴 Dinner – Lichen Restaurant (Binalong Bay)

🏠 Accommodation – Sea Eagle Cottage (Binalong Bay)

Day 5: Bay of Fires to Coles Bay (Freycinet)

Lone tree and girl at Binalong Bay (Bay of Fires) - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Bay of Fires | 📷: Lisa Kuilenburg

🏁  115 km

🕓  1hr 40mins + Stops

📌  East Coast

🍴 Breakfast – Lifebuoy Cafe (St Helens)

🚘 Morning

  • Explore the Bay of Fires beaches, dunes and coves north of Binalong Bay
  • Four Mile Creek – Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery -OR – 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 6: Coles Bay (Freycinet) to Port Arthur

Include a ghost Tour at Port Arthur Historic Site in your Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Ghost Tours at Historic Port Arthur Historic Site | 📷: Hype TV

🏁  240 km

🕓  3hrs + Stops

📌  East Coast + Tasman Peninsula

🍴 Breakfast – Freycinet Lodge (Coles Bay)

🚘 Morning

  • East Coast 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 7: Port Arthur to Hobart (via Richmond)

Hobart waterfront - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Hobart waterfront | 📷: Kathryn Leahy

🏁  100 km

🕓  1hr 30mins + 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)

(Bonus) 7-day Tasmania Road Trip Itineraries

If you’ve only got one week in Tasmania and you don’t want your road trip to feel rushed, then you’ll love these two little loop itineraries.

Less driving. More sight-seeing!

East Coast Loop | Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

Apsley River Waterhole - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
Apsley River Waterhole | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Geoffrey Lea

This 7-day itinerary takes you along Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast, up to Launceston and then back down through Tasmania’s midlands and the historic towns of Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands.

As with all our itineraries, you can drive it either clockwise or anti-clockwise and you also have the freedom of starting in either Hobart, Launceston or Devonport (with an additional 1hr).

Day 1: Hobart to Port Arthur

  • See: Richmond Village | Eaglehawk Neck | Tessellated Pavement | Tasman Arch
  • Eat: Coal Vallery Farm | Wicked Cheese | Bangor Vineyard Shed | 1830 Restaurant and Bar
  • Stay: The Pear Cottage

Day 2: Port Arthur to Freycinet

Day 3: Freycinet

Day 4: Freycinet to Bay of Fires

  • See: Friendly Beaches | Bicheno Blowhole | Apsley River Waterhole | St Helens
  • Eat: Lobster Shack | Tastings at Ironhouse Brewery | Nina Restaurant and Bar
  • Stay: Sea Eagle Cottage

Day 5: Bay of Fires

Day 6: Bay of Fires to Launceston

  • See: Pyengana Dairy Farm | Bridestowe Lavender Farm | Tamar Valley Wineries | Cataract Gorge
  • Eat: Pyengana Farm Gate Cafe | Piper’s Brook Vineyard Cafe | Black Cow | Brisbane Street Bistro
  • Stay: Hatherley Birrell Collection

Day 7: Launceston to Hobart

  • See: Josef Chromy Wines | Woolmers Estate | Brickendon Estate | Ross Female Factory | Callington Mill
  • Eat: Stillwater | Ross Village Bakery | Feisty Hen Pantry | The Pancake and Crepe Shop | Shene Estate and Distillery
  • Stay: MACq 01 Hotel

West Coast Loop | Tasmania Itinerary (7 days)

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Tasmania itinerary (7 days)
West Coast Wilderness Railway | 📷: Hype TV

This 7-day itinerary takes you to Tasmania’s wild West Coast, up to Cradle Mountain and the stunning Cradle Coast, and then back down through Tasmania’s midlands and the historic towns of Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands.

As with all our itineraries, you can drive it either clockwise or anti-clockwise and you also have the freedom of starting in either Hobart, Launceston or Devonport.

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan

  • See: New Norfolk | Russell Falls | Wall in the Wilderness | Lake St Clair | Queenstown
  • Eat:  Agrarian Kitchen | Salmon Ponds | Waterfalls Cafe | Tracks Cafe | Bushmans
  • Stay: Aldermere Estate Luxury Apartments

Day 2: Strahan

Day 3: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Day 4: Cradle Mountain

Day 5: Cradle Mountain to Stanley

  • See: Hellyer Gorge | Table Cape | Boat Harbour Beach | Highfield House | The ‘Nut’
  • Eat: The Chocolate Gallery and Cafe | Xanders 
  • Stay: Cable Station

Day 6: Stanley to Launceston (via Devonport and Sheffield)

  • See: Coastal drive | Sheffield murals | Mole Creek caves | Deloraine
  • Eat: Hellyers Distillery | Anvers Chocolates | Tuckshop at Barringwood | Ashgrove Cheese | Christmas Hills | Van Diemens Land Creamery
  • Stay: Hatherley Birrell Collection

Day 7: Launceston to Hobart

  • See: Josef Chromy Wines | Woolmers Estate | Brickendon Estate | Ross Female Factory | Callington Mill
  • Eat: Stillwater | Ross Village Bakery | Feisty Hen Pantry | The Pancake and Crepe Shop | Shene Estate and Distillery 
  • Stay: MACq 01 Hotel

Wondering how to start your Tasmania road trip?

What do you think? Does it sound like your kind of itinerary?

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! 👍

We’ve also got a fantastic little road trip community on Facebook who are super keen to help you with road trip inspiration and advice. It’s the perfect place to ask questions and to plan an awesome itinerary that perfectly suits your style of travel.

We hope this itinerary has helped you plan your Tassie road trip. If you’ve got any questions at all please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Happy road tripping!

Andrew.

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.