Tasmania Self Drive
8 Nights Hobart to Hobart.
Price from £694 per person
This self drive tour includes 9 days car rental with Hertz Australia (ICAR - Toyota Corolla Ascent or similar), 8 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from down town depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Hobart - Strahan - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - Launceston - Freycinet National Park - Port Arthur - Hobart
Prices depend on seasonality: from £741 per person to £751 per person
Day 1: Hobart to Strahan (NM)
Depart Hobart following the Derwent River. From New Norfolk and Hamilton the drive takes you up into the mountain region of the imposing Tasmanian Alps, through the Lakes District and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Two nights: Strahan Village
Day 2: Strahan (NM)
With a full day to explore at leisure, perhaps take a cruise on the magnificent Gordon River, or travel through steep rain forested landscapes on the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway to Queenstown.
Day 3: Strahan to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (NM)
Depart Strahan and follow the ‘Back Road’ to Zeehan. Take time to visit the excellent West Coast Pioneers’ Memorial Museum, then continue on through Rosebery to Cradle Valley.
Two nights: Voyages Cradle Mountain Lodge
Day 4: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (B)
With a full day to explore at leisure, perhaps take a wander through the ancient forests, or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment.
Day 5: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park to Launceston (B)
Depart Cradle Valley and travel through Tasmania’s prime dairy and produce farming region via Deloraine to Launceston. Spend the afternoon at the Cataract Gorge Reserve, or explore the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk and Royal Park.
Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Day 6: Launceston to Freycinet National Park (NM)
Travel south through the historic village of Evandale, then head east to St Marys and down the exciting Elephants Pass to join the coastal road. Passing through Bicheno, head towards Coles Bay and the entrance to Freycinet National Park.
Two nights: Freycinet Lodge
Day 7: Freycinet National Park (NM)
With a full day to explore at leisure, perhaps take a stroll along Richardson Beach, or make the fairly steep climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout.
Day 8: Freycinet National Park to Port Arthur (NM)
Travel south to Port Arthur, a significant historic site and vivid reminder of Australia’s convict heritage. Explore the ruins of this former penal colony and perhaps join a cruise to the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place for many of Port Arthur’s convicts and officers.
Overnight: Comfort Inn Port Arthur
Day 9: Port Arthur to Hobart (NM)
On the comfortable drive back to Hobart you will travel through the historic villages of Sorell and Richmond. Set in gently undulating country on the banks of the Coal River, Richmond has 45 buildings listed on the National Estate and is home to Australia’s oldest bridge.