The best scenic road trips to take through Tasmania

Posted on 13 July, 2021 18:01:53

Tasmania is absolutely stunning year-round and its distinct seasons make for some unbeatable sights. In our opinion, the best way to take it all in is by car. Travel at your own pace, stopping everywhere that takes your fancy, and discover Tasmania’s world-renowned food, wine, and natural wonders. Not sure where to start? Here are our favourite scenic road trips through beautiful Tasmania.

Southern Edge

Explore the south coast of Tasmania with a journey along the Southern Edge. This is the perfect trip for those who love the water as it will take you along stretches of gorgeous coastline. We recommend beginning your trip at Cockle Creek and if it’s warm enough, taking a dip in the clear, blue water. After you’ve soaked in those unparalleled views, make your way up the coast through Southport, Dover, and Bruny Island. Visit the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, walk the Fluted Cape circuit, and sample as much seafood and local wine as you can fit in – trust us.

Great Eastern Drive

The eastern coast of Tasmania has so much to do and see, including the iconic Wineglass Bay and Bay of Fires. Drive from Hobart to Launceston, taking in coastal views, quaint hinterland towns, and remarkable natural wonders. We suggest you begin your trip in Orford and take the ferry out to Maria Island – you can explore this tiny island on foot or by bicycle, stopping for a dip in the bright blue water when you need to cool off. Further up the coast (plus a short climb up a mountain), you’ll find Wineglass Bay and Swansea, where you can spend the day hiking and the night indulging in world-class food and wine. Finally, make your way up to the Bay of Fires and St Helens to round off your trip.

Cradle Coast Wine Trail

Tasmania is a wine lover’s paradise! To experience all the amazing vineyards Tasmania has to offer, take a trip along the Cradle Coast along the Bass Strait. Ghost Rock Vineyard in Northdown, Lake Barrington Estate in West Kentish, La Villa Wines in Spreyton, and Leven Valley Vineyard in Gunns Plains are all must-visit destinations. Tour the vineyards, sample the wine, and take home a bottle (or three!). We also recommend paying a visit to the famous Cradle Mountain, home to not only some incredible views, but also a variety of exciting wildlife such as Tasmanian devils, platypi, quolls, and more.

Midland Highway

Are you more of a history buff than a hiker? Discover Tasmania’s rich history with a road trip along Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston. Explore 200 years of fascinating history and heritage, from World Heritage-listed convict sites to the archeological remains of a female convict prison to the historic Ross Bridge. Check out the local antique stores, markets, and tea rooms along your route while you’re there. Round out each night by enjoying the terrific local food, wine, and spirits.

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