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Six Tasmanian road trips you can do in a weekend

Tasmania, also called the Apple Isle, is a treasure trove of natural wonders and scenic landscapes that are waiting to be explored. Being an island state, Tasmania, with its rugged coastlines and charming towns, offers opportunities at every nook and cranny. Whether you prefer to have a quiet retreat with nature, explore towns with an old-world charm, or relax in lush rainforests, these six Tasmanian road trips promise an unforgettable experience.

1. The East Coast

The East Coast Drive is a quintessential Tasmanian road trip that will take you on a journey along the island’s stunning eastern coastline. Starting from either Hobart or Launceston, add in Orford, Bicheno, and St Helens, and embark on a scenic route that showcases the state’s natural beauty at its finest. These charming coastal towns are known for their incredible seafood offerings and affordable accommodation.

Be sure to visit Freycinet National Park, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities. It sits 195km north-east of Hobart or 175km south-east of Launceston. While there, hike to Wineglass Bay, one of the most famous and picturesque beaches in the world. The hike to the lookout offers breathtaking panoramic views of the bay and the surrounding landscape.

You can also explore Hazards Beach, a secluded and pristine beach accessible by a longer walking track or by water taxi. The walk provides an opportunity to enjoy the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

Finally, if you enjoy seafood, consider taking a tour of the Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm. Learn about the oyster farming process and taste fresh oysters right from the water.

2. The Western Wilds

Covering approximately 1.5 million hectares in Tasmania’s south-western region, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area stands as one of the few remaining vast expanses of untouched wilderness on our planet.

For those craving adventure and rugged wilderness, the Western Wilds road trip is a must-try. 

Beginning from either Strahan or Hobart, this journey will lead you through the historic mining town of Queenstown, the marvellous beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

If you like adventure, then you can cruise on the Gordon River, bike on the steep mountain trails of Maydena Bike Park and raft on the rapids of the Franklin River.

3. Huon Valley Drive

Embark on a scenic drive through the fertile lands and quaint towns of the Huon Valley, located a short distance from Hobart. Meander along the winding roads of Cygnet and Geeveston, flanked by orchards and vineyards, while stopping to indulge in locally produced cider, cheese, and other gourmet delights. It’s also worth taking a ride on the Huon Jet Boat.

You can finish this road trip at the end of Cockle Creek Road, which is the southernmost road in Australia.

4. Heritage Highway

Step back in time and embark on a journey through Tasmania’s history and charming countryside along the Heritage Highway. This 2.5-hour road trip takes you from Hobart to Launceston, passing through historic towns such as Richmond, renowned for its colonial architecture. Along the way, you can see remarkable bridges, towns made entirely of sandstone, and several statues that depict the old colonial era. 

In Campbell Town, you can also visit the Red Bridge, designed by convict engineer James Blackburn. It was built entirely by convicts and is Australia’s oldest surviving brick-arch bridge.

Near the outskirts of Longford, you can find Woolmers Estate, one of Australia’s best-preserved homesteads, which also houses the National Rose Garden.

5. Great Nature Trail

Nature enthusiasts will love the Great Nature Trail, which takes you through some of Tasmania’s most stunning national parks and reserves. It extends along the north-west coast and is the only place in the world where you can see the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish. 

You will also get a chance to witness the abundant wildlife of kangaroos, wombats, and pademelons at Narawntapu National Park.

Along the track, the Imaginarium Science Centre, Devonport Maritime Museum, and Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre are all accessible and worth a visit.

6. Circle Tour

For the ultimate Tasmanian road trip adventure, consider embarking on a circular tour around the island. 

Starting from Hobart, drive along the coast to Port Arthur, where you can explore the historic convict site. Continue north to the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula and then make your way to Launceston. From there, head west to Cradle Mountain and explore the enchanting landscapes of the north-west coast. Complete the loop by driving along the picturesque Derwent Valley back to Hobart. This comprehensive journey allows you to experience the diversity of Tasmania’s landscapes, attractions, and hidden gems.

The Bay of Fires is a must-visit region of beautiful beaches surrounded by granite boulders that appear orange in colour due to the presence of lichen.

If you are a golf enthusiast, you will love the Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, located just an hour north of Launceston.

Have you ever taken a road trip through Tasmania? Where is your favourite Tassie spot? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: The best camping spots in Tasmania

Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.


  1. Having had the pleasure of living/working in Tas. for 4 years, I endorse the ‘weekend trips’.
    However, it is important to realize that Tas. is different to most of the mainland – or ‘the north island’ as some Taswegians call it.
    It can snow on Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain at Christmas time !!
    Additionally, except for the major highways, the roads are frequently narrow and ‘windy’, i.e. many tight curves.
    So, PLEASE drive carefully (slowly) and don’t underestimate the potentially hazardous roads.
    Enjoy the beautiful isle !

  2. I am leaving out Gordon River at Strahan.. firstly, even though you may have no interest in Tennis.. can I suggest you look up Hobart Real Tennis Club at 45 Davey st Hobart.. it is hard to find but if you visit at lunchtime you may see a couple of pennant players practicing in what is only described as Kings Tennis .. a mix of tennis and squash.. it is a talking point and not many visitors now about it..
    next make you way to Nth Hobart to the State Theatre.. enjoy a great meal and take your wine into the intimate theatre as you watch a movie..
    375 Elizabeth st Nth Hobart..
    A visit to Hobart Botanical gardens is a must for afternoon tea.. and watch where they film Gardening Australia ..
    If you don’t do anything else … Take the Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise from Hobart .. it’s an eco tour and a full day 10 hours in total.. it is spectacular…
    Of course Salamanca market on a Saturday is a must ..
    For a drive that I think is better than the Great Ocean road ..
    Drive south from Hobart to Kingston.. then follow road to Cygnet for lunch and back through Huonville..
    Stay overnight and visit the Tahune Airwalk on Arve Road in Geeveston..
    I haven’t even mentioned Mt Wellington in Hobart.. or Lunch at Mt Nelson south of Hobart.. with spectacular views..

    Omg . I could write a book just on Bruny Island.. you can stand on the spot where James Cook and his men stood collecting fresh water from the river.!!!!
    I hope you can visit some of these places when you go..
    let me know when you return..

  3. I endorse Roger’s comments, but you TOTALLY FORGOT to mention that Hobart to Strahan is at least 5 hours drive – even though it is only 350 klms. At least, if you are going to give advice of this nature – GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!!

    Your “Weekend Drives” – ARE ONLY TO GET THERE! Many a tourist thinks that “you can do Tasmania in a long weekend!” NO YOU CAN’T!!! We spent an intense 12 months and did 15,000 klms “throughout” (NOT AROUND) Tasmania, and still didn’t see it all.

    You totally missed the Wall in the Wilderness at Derwent Bridge on the way to Queenstown.
    You totally missed the northern region of the Tamar Valley – including Beaconsfield, the sea horse breeding place at Beauty Point and across to Bridport and Barnbougle.
    You totally missed the Highlands and Central Plateau and the amazing routes through the hydro power stations and dams etc that make Tasmania unique for its historic engineering and forward thinking supplying energy across the state.
    You totally missed the historic town of Bothwell – with the oldest golf course and museum in Australia.
    You totally missed Adamsfield and the Left of Field Caravan Park. Adamsfield – founded in 1925 when Osmiridium was discovered. It was used for pen nibs, but now is one of the most expensive ores in the world. Left of Field Camping Gardens is an amazing production by the owner – with every tree and corner providing some amazing features you never expected!

    If you are going to write a commentary on travelling Tasmania – you need to do that over 5 episodes!!

  4. A bit harsh there Peter? The trouble with recommending road trips in Tasmania is that it either ends up with too much info or not enough. I could have added my favourites, Oatlands, Ross, Evandale, Sheffield, Deloraine, to the heritage list. But the fact is, do your own research, ask the locals and prepare to be amazed. A favourite day trip of ours is Launceston, Deloraine, Chudley, Mole Creek, around Mt. Roland to Sheffield the mural town, Latrobe, and back to Launnie via cheese factories and berry farms. Or, Launceston, Scottsdale, Bridport, Low Head and back to Launnie via the Tamar Valley for the most mind boggling scenery, especially in spring. Did you know Tasmania is roughly the same latitude south as Tuscany is in the north? Enjoy Tasmania, The Tuscany of the South, anywhere, anytime.

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