There is a lot to explore in Tasmania. If time and budget allow, you can easily spend weeks in Tasmania without ever running out of new attractions to visit.
However, to be realistic, I believe 14 days is the ideal length of stay to visit Tasmania’s main attractions and have a taste of what Tasmania has to offer.
To help you navigate, I have listed my 14 Days Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary here. Hope you can find it useful.
Suggestions on meals and accommodations for this 14-Day Tasmania Road Trip are also provided for your convenience.
14 Days Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary – Overview
- Day 1: Hobart
- Day 2: Hobart > Mt Wellington > Huon Valley
- Day 3: Bruny Island
- Day 4: Tasman Peninsula / Port Arthur
- Day 5: Mt Field National Park
- Day 6: Lake St Clair
- Day 7: Lake St Clair / Queenstown > Cradle Mountain
- Day 8: Cradle Mountain
- Day 9: Cradle Mountain > Devonport > Launceston
- Day 10: Launceston
- Day 11: Launceston > Bay of Fires
- Day 12: Bicheno
- Day 13: Freycinet National Park
- Day 14: Richmond & Hobart
Day 1: Hobart
For more detailed information on Hobart, feel free to check out my post: ‘5 Days Hobart Road Trip‘.
- Battery Point: Take a stroll in Battery Point to appreciate its charming sandstone cottages.
- Salamanca Place: Home to the famous Salamanca Market, Salamanca Place is worth a visit even on non-market days.
- Hobart Waterfront: A 5 minutes stroll from Salamanca Place, you will find the beautiful Hobart Waterfront.
- MONA Ferry: From Brooke St Pier, take a MONA ferry to start your trip towards MONA.
- MONA – Museum of Old and New Art: A unique and unconventional museum near Hobart.
- Breakfast: Jackman & McRoss in Battery Point.
- Lunch: Grab a bite while onboard MONA Ferry (Posh Pit ticket required), or enjoy a meal from the bar/ restaurant from MONA.
- Dinner: Bar Wa Izakaya (Japanese) – I especially loved their Miso Ice Cream & make sure you try it out too.
Where to Stay
- Hobart has a range of accommodations to suit every budget and need.
- For convenience, my suggestion is to stay near Hobart CBD or Battery Point on Day 1.
- Check out accommodations near Hobart CBD here on Booking.com.
Day 2: Hobart > Mt Wellington > Huon Valley
For more detailed information on Mount Wellington, feel free to check out my post: ‘Mount Wellington’.
- Mount Wellington Summit: Drive up Mount Wellington Summit for a spectacular panoramic view of Hobart, River Derwent, and the Tasman Peninsula.
- Huon Valley: Well known for its apple orchards, craft ciders, boutique winemakers, and pristine Huon River. Be sure to join a wine or cider tasting, for a relaxing afternoon along the Huon River.
- Breakfast: Grab a coffee & a quick bite from Lost Freight Cafe in The Springs (en route to Mt Wellington Summit).
- Lunch: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed near Huonville.
- Dinner: Osteria @ Petty Sessions in Franklin.
Where to Stay
- Try to stay overnight near Kettering, so you can easily catch a ferry to Bruny Island in the morning.
- Check out accommodations near Kettering on Booking.com
Day 3: Bruny Island
For more information on Bruny Island, feel free to check out this ‘Bruny Island Day Trip and Overnight Trip‘.
- The Neck Lookout: Overlooking South and North Bruny, with contrasting coastlines on either side of this lookout.
- Cape Bruny Lighthouse: A captivating view of an ivory-white lighthouse and a breathtaking coastline, on the southernmost tip of Bruny Island.
- Cloudy Bay: A hidden paradise with a pristine beach. Great spot for surfing.
- Adventure Bay: A stretch of stunning and peaceful beach. Great for a swim.
- Brunch: Enjoy a cheesy brunch at the Bruny Island Cheese Company
- Lunch: Late lunch from Get Shucked with some fresh Oysters.
- Dinner: The Duke in Hobart – Local pub with live music & delicious pub meals.
Where to Stay
- For convenience & to save you from constantly packing and unpacking, stay in the same place near Hobart tonight & tomorrow night.
Day 4: Tasman Peninsula
For more detailed information on how to spend a day in Tasman Peninsula / Port Arthur, feel free to check out this ‘Port Arthur Day Trip’.
- Tasman Bay National Park Lookout: Stop here for a break and a bird’s eye view of Pirates Bay, after your long drive from Hobart.
- Tessellated Pavement: Be fascinated by this incredible rock formation near Pirates Bay.
- Port Arthur Historic Site: Built in the 18th and 19th centuries as a convict settlement, Port Arthur Historic Site is a historic landmark and a must-visit in Tasmania.
- Doo Town: Have fun spotting the Doo themed house signs in Pirates Bay.
- Tasmans Arch & Devil’s Kitchen: Impressive geological formations near Doo Town.
- Blowhole & Fossil Bay Lookout: Offers some spectacular views of Pirates Bay.
- Breakfast: Start the day with a healthy breakfast at Sisterhood in Sandy Bay.
- Lunch: visit Cubed Espresso Bar in Eaglehawk Neck – for a meal with an amazing view; or visit the cafe within Port Arthur Historic Site for a quick bite.
- Dinner: Check out Urban Greek in Hobart.
Where to Stay
- To save you from constantly packing and unpacking, I suggest staying in the same place as the previous night.
Day 5: Mount Field National Park
- Russell Falls: An easy 25 minutes return walk from Mount Field Visitor Centre will take you through a beautiful rainforest to view the breathtaking Russell Falls.
- Three Falls Circuit: From Russell Falls, you can also join a 2.5 hours circular walk to visit Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls.
- Lake Dobson: Alternatively (and the best option in my opinion), you can also drive up Mount Field to admire its ever-changing landscape and the stunning Lake Dobson.
- Lake Dobson Walk: There is an easy circular walk around Lake Dobson for you to admire this tranquil glacial lake.
- Breakfast: Whisk & Co in the outskirt of Hobart (along the drive from Hobart to Mt Field).
- Lunch: Waterfalls Cafe from Mount Field Visitor Centre.
- Dinner: National Park Hotel – a great country pub, with live music & amazing food. Only a 2-minute drive from the national park.
Where to Stay
- There are a few accommodations near Mt Field National Park, with budget-friendly options available.
- If you have trouble booking accommodations near Mt Field National Park, New Norfolk has some budget-friendly options too, which is only half an hour’s drive from Mt Field National Park.
- Check out accommodations near Mount Field National Park on Booking.com
- Check out accommodations near New Norfolk on Booking.com
Day 6: Lake St Clair
For more detailed information on Lake St Clair, feel free to check out this ‘Lake St Clair, Tasmania’.
- Lake St Clair: A tranquil blue lake & the deepest lake in Australia. This enchanted lake also offers a remarkable view around sunset.
- Walking Trails Near Lake St Clair: choose from a range of walking trails to suit your needs. These walking trails range from an easy 45-90 minutes return walk via Watersmeet Loop, to a full day hike via Mt Rufus Circuit.
- Breakfast: Waterfalls Cafe from within Mt Field Visitor Centre, if stayed near Mt Field; and there are a lot more breakfast options if you stayed in New Norfolk.
- Lunch: Hungry Wombat Cafe in Derwent Bridge; or bring a picnic to enjoy around the lake.
- Dinner: Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel in Derwent Bridge – I was totally in love with their mouthwatering Sri Lanka curry & be sure to try it out.
Where to Stay
- Stay near Derwent Bridge or Lake St Clair.
- Alternatively, you can also base yourself in Queenstown tonight for more choices and a much cheaper price.
- Accommodations in the heart of Lake St Clair are conveniently located but more pricey – check them out here on Booking.com.
- Accommodations in Derwent Bridge are only a short drive away but cheaper – check them out here on Booking.com.
- Accommodations in Queenstown are 1.5 hr drive away, but much cheaper than the locations above – check them out here on Booking.com.
Day 7: Lake St Clair > Cradle Mountain
Check out this ‘Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain via Queenstown’, for detailed information on this road trip.
- Frenchmans Cap Suspension Bridge: Take an easy 15-minute return walk from the carpark to admire this cool-looking bridge and enjoy a view of the Franklin River.
- Nelson Falls: An short 10 minutes walk in a beautiful rainforest will take you to the spectacular Nelson Falls. The Nelson Falls carpark also has a public toilet, which is the first toilet you can find along this drive.
- Iron Blow Lookout: From this lookout, your eyes will be immediately captured by the vivid blue water right beneath the lookout & you can also obtain a spectacular view of the distinctive moonscape of this area.
- Queenstown: Sitting in a valley, Queenstown serves some stunning views along your descent on Lyell Highway. Once the world’s richest mining town, you can find a range of historic buildings around Queenstown as well.
- Black Bluff Lookout: Be sure to check out Black Bluff Lookout before heading into Cradle Mountain for an impressive view of the Vale of Belvoir.
- Cradle Mountain: After a long drive from Lake St Clair, you can relax on a leisure stroll around the Ranger Station & spend the evening spotting wombats and wallabies near your hotel at Cradle Mountain.
- Breakfast: There aren’t many cafes near Lake St Clair, but you can check out Hungry Wombat Cafe again, before heading off towards Cradle Mountain.
- Lunch: Check out Linda Cafe and the Ruins of the Old Royal Hotel in Gormanston.
- Dinner: Chill and relax at the Tavern Bar & Bistro from Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Where to Stay
- There is a good selection of accommodations in Cradle Mountain & they range from hotels to self-contained cabins. However, they are in general more expensive than outside of Cradle Mountain.
- Cheaper accommodations are available in Sheffield and Tullah, but they all require a minimally 40-50 minutes drive from Cradle Mountain.
- You can check out accommodations in Cradle Mountain here on Booking.com.
- Check out accommodations in Sheffield on Booking.com
- Check out accommodations in Tullah on Booking.com
- For more detailed information on where to eat and stay in Cradle Mountain, feel free to check out this ‘All Things to Know When Visiting Cradle Mountain’.
Day 8: Cradle Mountain
For more detailed information on the Walking Tracks, Animals, Weather, Park Pass, Shuttle Bus, Restaurants, Shops, and Accommodations in Cradle Mountain, feel free to check out this: ‘All Things to Know When Visiting Cradle Mountain’.
- Dove Lake to Cradle Mountain Summit: Depending on your fitness level, you may wish to attempt Cradle Mountain Summit. Alternatively, you can also check out Dove Lake Circuit for a closer view of the Cradle Mountain Summit. If you are feeling adventurous, but not keen on attempting Cradle Mountain Summit, you may wish to check out Hansons Peak and/or Marions Lookout instead.
- Wildlife Spotting: After a long day of hiking, you may wish to relax at the hotel and/or go a wildlife spotting near your hotel at night.
- Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at Cradle Mountain Hotel, before your long hike today.
- Lunch: Bring a picnic to enjoy along your hike near Dove Lake.
- Dinner: Check out Cradle Mountain Hotel or Tavern Bar & Bistro.
Where to Stay
- Ideally, stay in the same place as the previous night to save you from constantly packing & unpacking.
Day 9: Cradle Mountain > Devonport > Launceston
For more detailed information on this road trip, feel free to check out this: ‘Cradle Mountain to Launceston’.
- Cradle Mountain: Check out some of the shorter walking trails near the Ranger Station, before leaving this wonderful park.
- Devonport: A beautiful coastal town & home to the Spirit of Tasmania. A great detour along this drive for some stunning coastal views.
- House of Anvers: Offers a huge variety of locally-made chocolate treats. There is also a cafe on-site, offering delicious hot chocolate and desserts.
- Ashgrove Cheese Diary Door: For a cheese tasting platter and a delicious ice cream.
- James Boag’s Brewery: For a beer tasting in their heritage-listed James Boag’s Brewery Bar
- Breakfast: Visit Elements Cafe near Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, for some decently priced breakfast options.
- Lunch: Drift Cafe in Devonport; or chocolate dessert with hot chocolate at House of Anvers; or a cheesy brunch menu from Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door.
- Dinner: Check out Burger Junkie in Launceston for a mouthwatering burger.
Where to Stay
- Launceston has a large selection of accommodations to choose from for every budget and need.
- You can check out these accommodations around Launceston here on Booking.com.
Day 10: Launceston
For more detailed information on visiting Launceston, feel free to check out this: ‘Launceston Road Trip’.
- Tamar Island Wetlands Centre: Only a 10-minute drive from Launceston CBD, you can find the beautiful Tamar Island Wetlands Centre to enjoy a peaceful stroll along its boardwalk.
- Brady’s Lookout: Check out Brady’s Lookout for an impressive bird’s eye view of the stunning Tamar Valley.
- Batman Bridge: Along your drive from Brady’s Lookout to Low Head, you will come across Batman Bridge, which you may wish to pull off and take some photos for.
- Low Head Lighthouse: A picturesque white and red lighthouse, sitting at the entrance of Tamar River.
- Hillwood Berry Farm: For some fresh berries.
- Cataract Gorge Reserve: 5 minutes drive from Launceston CBD, you can enjoy some beautiful nature at the impressive Cataract Gorge Reserve. There are also many peacocks residing within this reserve, which you may wish to pay attention to.
- Breakfast: Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the Local Hideout Cafe in Launceston CBD.
- Lunch: Check out the fresh berries and ice cream at Hillwood Berry Farm Cafe.
- Dinner: Indulge at Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant in Launceston.
Where to Stay
- For convenience & to save you from constantly packing and unpacking, I suggest staying in the same place as the previous night.
Day 11: Launceston > Bay of Fires
Feel free to check out this ‘3 Days Road Trip Itinerary for East Coast Tasmania’, for more detailed information on Road Tripping East Coast Tasmania.
- Bridestowe Lavender Farm: One of the most insta-worthy attractions in Tasmania, make sure you check out the fragrant lavender field at Bridestowe Lavender Farm when visiting Launceston.
- St Columba Falls: Take a break and stretch your legs along the drive to the Bay of Fires, by visiting one of Tasmania’s highest falls – St Columba Falls.
- Binalong Bay: Check out the white sand, turquoise water, and bright orange-lichen covered granite rocks at Binalong Bay for a taste of the Bay of Fires.
- The Gardens: Follow the Gardens Road from Binalong Bay, to appreciate the impressive coastline of the Bay of Fires.
- Breakfast: Check out Sweetbrew before leaving Launceston.
- Lunch: Bridestowe Lavender Farm has a cafe on-site, offering an interesting lavender inspired menu.
- Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner with beer at The Social Tasmania in St Helens.
Where to Stay
- St Helens is only a 10-minute drive from Binalong Bay, offering a range of affordable facilities and accommodations.
- Check out here on Booking.com for accommodation ideas near the Bay of Fires.
Day 12: Bicheno
For more detailed information on Bicheno, feel free to check out this ‘Things to do in Bicheno’.
- East Coast Natureworld: A wildlife sanctuary in Bicheno, with a range of Australian and Tasmanian wildlife. It is a great place for the whole family to enjoy.
- Diamond Island: A small granite island, linked to Bicheno by a thin sandbar on low tide. It offers a spectacular view of Bicheno & there are also some beautiful rock pools around the island.
- Bicheno Blowhole: An impressive and dynamic granite blowhole & is only a short drive from Bicheno centre. It also offers a magnificent sunset view.
- Bicheno Penguin Tour: One of the highlights of my Tasmania trip & I highly recommend you to give it a go as well.
- Breakfast: Sco & Co. and The Lifebuoy Cafe in St Helens.
- Lunch: The southern-style chicken taco from Spicy Mamas (food van near Bicheno IGA) was one of my favourites in East Coast Tasmania & you may wish to check it out too.
- Dinner: I also really enjoyed the fresh lobsters from Lobster Shack (Bicheno).
Where to Stay
- Bicheno offers a good range of affordable accommodations to choose from & you can check them out here on Booking.com.
Day 13: Freycinet National Park
Check out this ‘Freycinet National Park Day Trip’, if you would like more detailed information on Freycinet National Park.
- Mt Amos Summit: Mt Amos Summit offers one of the best views in the Freycinet National Park. From Mt Amos Summit, you can obtain a spectacular bird’s eye view of Wineglass Bay, Hazards Beach, and Coles Bay.
- Wineglass Bay: The most well-known attraction in the Freycinet National Park & a must-visit of East Coast Tasmania.
- Hazards Beach: A peaceful beach, which is great for relaxing strolls and swims.
- Breakfast: Start the morning at Little Bay Patisserie (Bicheno).
- Lunch: Bring a picnic to enjoy during your adventure in the Freycinet National Park.
- Dinner: East Coast Tasmania is famous for its fresh seafood & be sure to enjoy a selection of locally sourced seafood from Scalefish Takeaway in Coles Bay.
Where to Stay
- You can either stay in Bicheno again to save yourself from packing and unpacking, or stay near Coles Bay for its proximity to the Freycinet National Park.
- Check out accommodations near Coles Bay here on Booking.com.
- For detailed information on accommodations near the Freycinet National Park, feel free to check out this ‘Where to Stay in Freycinet National Park’.
Day 14: Richmond & Hobart
- Richmond: 2 hours drive from Bicheno. Famous for its stunning Richmond Bridge.
- Stroll around Hobart, Battery Point, and/or Sandy Bay: Take a leisure stroll in and around Hobart to appreciate the beauty of this harbourside city.
- Alternatively, hike up Mount Wellington Summit from the Springs: for more detailed information, feel free to check out ‘Mount Wellington‘.
- Breakfast: Check out Coastal Wholefoods Cafe & Health Grocer (Swansea) along your drive from the Freycinet National Park to Richmond/Hobart.
- Lunch: Czegs’ Cafe in Richmond
- Dinner: Treat yourself to some fresh seafood near Hobart Waterfront.
Where to Stay
- Stay near Hobart Airport, if departing Tasmania by air tomorrow.
- For accommodations near Hobart Airport, feel free to check out here on Booking.com.
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