A GoCheap Tasmania holiday gives you the freedom and flexibility of not being tied to a daily itinerary. Some ideas of places you could tour in Tasmania by campervan are set out below.
|Day 1||Collect your van early at Hobart Airport. Head down the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. Take the Convict Trail from Cambridge through the Coal River Valley to Richmond where you will find the old Richmond Gaol and the Richmond Maze. You will travel over Australia’s oldest stone bridge at the Coal River. The Coal River Valley is Tasmania’s fastest growing wine region.Once at Port Arthur, spend time wandering or take a guided tour of the ruins of the Port Arthur convict penitentiary and surrounding buildings.|
Stay overnight in Hobart or near Port Arthur to take in the nightly Ghost Tour.
You may even wish to make this a 2-4 day trip. More details on the Convict Trail are available at http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/convict_trail
|Day 2||Spend some time in and around Hobart. Wander around the heritage properties around Battery Point, check out the galleries in Salamanca Place and the Saturday Salamanca Market, travel to the summit of Mount Wellington for amazing views of Hobart and surrounds, take a tour and a taste at the Cascade Brewery and cruise the Derwent River to the Cadbury chocolate factory.Overnight in Hobart – enjoy a play, a drink at a good pub or have a visit the casino to play or enjoy the famous Revolving Restaurant.|
|Day 3||Take the Huon Trail south to explore the waterways, wilderness, countryside and orchards of the Huon Valley.You may wish to stop at the town of Franklin which has fine restaurants and the Wooden Boat Centre. You could also visit Huonville and the Forest & Heritage Centre at Geeveston. A half-hour drive from Geeveston will take you to the famous Tahune Forest Airwalk, where you can stroll over the Huon River among the tree tops. You may wish to drive around an hour further south to visit Southport or the Hastings limestone caves and warm thermal springs.|
If you drive south via Huonville, on the return north to Hobart turn right just across the Huon bridge and be the drive through Cygnet, along the coast past Garden Island and up the D’Entrecasteaux Channel via Woodbridge, Kettering, Snug and Margate.
Overnight in the Huon Valley or head back to Hobart.
You may even wish to make this a 2-4 day trip. More details on the Huon Trail are available at http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/huon_trail
|Day 4||Take the Heritage Highway up through the historic Midlands to explore towns like Ross, Oatlands, Campbell Town, Evandale and Perth. You may wish to visit historic estates such as Brickendon and Woolmers and the National Rose Garden.|
Explore Launceston – take the chairlift across Cataract Gorge, a cruise on the Tamar River and visit Penny Royal World and the Tamar Island Wetlands to see a variety of water birds. For fine craft and furniture, visit the Design Centre.If you’re a wine-lover, you may enjoy the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which takes you to many family-owned vineyards. Enjoy a visit to the quaint Swiss village of Grindelwald. If you are game, you may like to try cable hang-gliding.
Overnight at Launceston.
More details on the Heritage Highway are available at http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/heritage_highway
|Day 5||Follow the Bass Highway along the North west Coast. Alternatively you may wish to go to the Narawntapu National Park and along the Great Nature Trail through the main towns on the north-west coast – Devonport and Burnie – and a number of smaller seaside town including Ulverstone and Penguin, You may also wish to detour to the caves in the area. You may also wish to consider travelling further and to explore Boat Harbour, Rocky Cape, Smithton, Stanley – and the rich farmlands, dramatic coast, tall forests and colonial history.|
Overnight at a North West location.
More details on the Great Nature Trail are available at: http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/great_nature_trail
|Day 6||Return along the North West Coast then head inland to Cradle Country where you will see the famous Cradle Mountain, on the edge of the World Heritage Area.|
Spend a day exploring Cradle Mountain and enjoy a walk in the wilderness and experience taking photos of the wild alpine country.
Staying overnight at Cradle Mountain will give you the opportunity to climb the mountain, or explore the banks of Dove Lake on a number of shorter walks.
More details on the Cradle Country are available at: http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/cradle_country
|Day 7||Head back to the coast via Sheffield – wander through the ‘Town of Murals’, where the buildings are works of art.In the afternoon, browse for a bargain in a Latrobe antique shop before dropping off your van in Devonport.|
|Days 1-6||As Seven Days itinerary.|
|Day 7||Head along the coast towards Launceston. Discover the city’s many attractions – the Inveresk Cultural Precinct, the city’s beautiful parks and gardens, the Cataract Gorge Reserve and the Launceston Seaport with its waterfront restaurants.|
Explore Launceston – take the chairlift across Cataract Gorge, a cruise on the Tamar River and visit Penny Royal World and the Tamar Island Wetlands to see a variety of water birds. For fine craft and furniture, visit the Design Centre.
If you’re a wine-lover, you may enjoy the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which takes you to many family-owned vineyards. Enjoy a visit to the quaint Swiss village of Grindelwald. If you are game, you may like to try cable hang-gliding.
At Beaconsfield, you can learn the local gold mining history at the Grubb Shaft Museum, before exploring Beauty Point’s Seahorse World and Platypus House. You may also wish to travel across the river at George Town and Low Head, where you’ll see heritage buildings, historic lighthouses, grand old sailing ships, penguins and maybe even seals.
Overnight in Launceston or George Town.
|Day 8||Beginning in Launceston or George Town, you travel through Lilydale to the cellar doors of the Pipers River area and on to the forestry centre of Scottsdale. You may wish to drop in to visit the remarkable Forrest EcoCentre at Scottsdale. Then travel to the coast at Bridport – where you could tee-off on the Barnbougle Dunes seaside golf links. You may wish to follow the North East Trail inland, passing through historic mining villages and pristine rainforests. Pause at Pyengana for a taste of their famous cheese or visit the Pub in the Paddock.|
Then onto the sunny East Coast and the fishing towns of St Helens or the white sands of the Bay of Fires.
Overnight at St Helens.
More details on the North East Trail are available at: http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/northeast_trail
|Day 9||Cruise at your own pace along the East Coast – call in to a local vineyard, stop for a walk or drink by a secluded beach, then head for Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula for the night. In the late afternoon, take a stroll to the amazing Wineglass Bay lookout or beach in Freycinet National Park.Overnight at Freycinet or Coles Bay.|
More details on the East Coast Escape is available at: http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/east_coast_escape
|Day 10||Head south along the East Coast through the scenic coastline of Triabunna where you can cast off into the sheltered waters of Prosser Bay, for a day’s fishing or sailing. Drive onto Sorell then through to Hobart airport where your journey ends to return the van.|
West Coast Wilderness Way
Information about touring the West Coast is available at http://www.discovertasmania.com/itineraries/west_coast_wilderness_way
The Tourism Tasmania itineraries at www.discovertasmania.com have been adapted for this website.