On this Tasmania road trip, you’ll travel by car, taking in the best sights as you go. With 2 weeks in Tasmania, you’ll discover stunning wilderness areas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, National Parks, and Tasmania’s gorgeous east coast. You’ll visit ancient forests, mountains, waterfalls, and pristine beaches and meet native wildlife only found in Tasmania.
The cities have a wealth of art and culture and a rich colonial history. Hobart and Launceston have some pretty historic houses, and unique hotels with delicious food and local wine to enjoy.
Australia’s smallest, most southern state has a wide variety of attractions to draw you in, and a 2 week Tasmania road trip is an ideal way to see them.
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What to see in Tasmania in 14 days
If you’re wondering what to see in Tasmania in 14 days you’ll be pleased to hear that there are lots of stunning places to visit. In this 2 week Tasmania road trip itinerary the highlights come thick and fast as you drive around the island.
After arriving in Devonport on the ferry, the first stop is Launceston and the impressive Cataract Gorge. From there it takes a few hours to drive to St. Helens and the lovely Bay of Fires on the stunning east coast, then to picture-perfect Wineglass Bay and fascinating Port Arthur on the spectacular Tasman Peninsula.
There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for wine tasting on this Tasmania road trip as you pass local vineyards along the way.
Spend a few days in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, and enjoy the charming historic surroundings, the famous Salamanca Market and MONA‘s modern art. From there it’s a short trip to sparkling Russel Falls in Mount Field National Park and further on, the remote wilderness of the UNESCO World Heritage Cradle Mountain National Park, a highlight of your 2 weeks in Tasmania.
Back at sea level in the northwest is quaint Stanley and the Nut. Here you can admire the dramatic coastal scenery with Fairy Penguins swimming ashore at night. Further west at Arthur River, the coastline is wild and rugged at the “The Edge of the World” a sight you don’t want to miss on a Tasmania road trip.
Tasmania’s unique wildlife will delight you, and you can expect to see pademelons, kangaroos, possums and wallabies as you explore. In 2 weeks in Tasmania, I saw wombats in the wild on Cradle Mountain, a quoll, and endangered Tasmanian Devils at the “Unzoo” in Port Arthur.
This Tasmania road trip includes visits to stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed National Parks. You’ll need to buy a Tasmanian National Parks Pass online or at a National Park Centre. I bought my 2-month holiday pass on the Spirit of Tasmania (A$89.50). Day passes are also available (A$44.75 per vehicle).
2 week Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary
With a 2 week Tasmania itinerary, you can see the best of the island while comfortably driving from place to place. I had many new and special experiences and could easily have stayed another week or more as there are so many things to see in Tasmania in 14 days.
I began my solo Tasmania road trip on the east coast in April. the autumn weather was warm, sunny and good for camping. But in the second week, the weather turned cold with heavy rain and snow in the mountains. In Hobart and further west, I stayed in hotels where it was warm and comfortable because the weather was too cold for camping.
I loved the flexibility of driving on my Tasmania road trip, and I took my own car. I drove from Sydney to Melbourne and put my car on the ferry across the Bass Strait. The Spirit of Tasmania sails from Melbourne to Devonport and the crossing takes about 9 hours from mainland Australia. I booked a cabin and slept comfortably through the night.
This 2 week Tasmania itinerary begins and ends in Devonport, but you could easily fly to Launceston or Hobart and hire a car and travel a similar route.
Day 1: Devonport to St Helen’s via Tamar & Launceston
4 hours without stops
Highlights: Tamar Valley / Brady Lookout / Launceston / Cataract Gorge / St Helens
This 2 week Tasmania itinerary begins when the Spirit of Tasmania arrives in Devonport. On a night crossing, you’ll arrive early in the morning. Take the scenic route to Launceston through the lovely Tamar Valley, one of Tasmania’s major wine-growing regions. Around Tamar are many vineyards with open cellar doors so you can stop wherever you like for wine tasting and enjoy magical views across the Valley from Brady Lookout.
When you arrive in Launceston, head to Cataract Gorge for bushwalking and some stunning scenery. There’s a chair lift across the impressive gorge, a pretty picnic area with a pool, a walking track to a suspension bridge over the South Esk River, and a couple of lovely lookout points. On the other side of Cataract Gorge, there’s a restaurant with resident peacocks. I spent an hour or 2 here before heading onwards to St. Helens on the east coast.
Lunch – Tamar bakery takeaway / Dinner – NRMA St Helens campsite restaurant
Where to Stay in St. Helens
Day 2: St Helens & Bay of Fires
Highlights: Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay, Humbug Point, Dora Point, St. Helens
On day 2 of my Tasmania road trip, I was up early driving to the gorgeous Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. The coastal scenery is stunning with crystal clear water, powder white sand and rocks covered with bright orange lichen. Inside the National Park, there’s free camping at exquisite Humbug Point & lovely Dora Point. Access to the National Park is via a dirt road and a Tasmanian National Parks Pass is required.
You can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore a bit further. I started driving towards Mount William National Park but found myself on a 50km stretch of dirt road. I decided it was too rough for my 2-wheel drive city car so I turned back and found a pretty, short walk to do around St Helens Point instead.
Travel Day 3: St. Helens to Coles Bay
1.5 hours driving without stops
Highlights: Scamander / Bicheno / Freycinet National Park / Friendly Beaches / Honeymoon Bay / Muirs Beach
Day 3 of this Tasmania road trip takes you along The Great Eastern Drive to Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park on one of Tasmania’s most scenic roads. The stunning coastal scenery is likely to be a highlight of your 2 weeks in Tasmania. You’ll pass gorgeous Scamander Beach and Bicheno where you can stop for a picnic lunch on Redbill Beach and enjoy a swim with views of beautiful Diamond Island.
The powdery white sands, orange boulders and turquoise waters are absolutely stunning. Bicheno is home to a colony of Fairy Penguins and in the warmer months, you can watch the penguins coming ashore at dusk. Continuing on towards Freycinet National Park the drive is incredibly scenic. The road hugs the beautiful east coast and distant mountains frame the gorgeous coastal views.
After turning off the highway to Freycinet National Park, it’s worth stopping off at Friendly Beaches. There’s a lookout point, a campsite with basic facilities for those interested in free camping, and miles of beautiful untouched white sand to explore. The water is clear and cold and I was tempted to dive in.
Continue on past Coles Bay nestled beneath the Hazard Mountains on the Freycinet Peninsula. Head straight to the Freycinet National Park Centre for some local safety information before stopping to enjoy the clear waters of Honeymoon Bay. Muirs Beach and Honeymoon Bay are lovely places to watch the sunset. From Muirs Beach you can paddle a kayak around the point and watch the sun disappear over the water.
Lunch: Picnic at Bicheno / Dinner: Coles Bay Bar & Bistro
Where to Stay in Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park
Budget: Big4 Iluka on Freycinet
Day 4: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Highlights: Freycinet National Park / Cape Tourville Lighthouse / Wineglass Bay / Mount Amos
A highlight of your 2 week Tasmania road trip is seeing beautiful Wineglass Bay. I was up at first light and driving through the Freycinet National Park to Cape Tourville Lighthouse to watch the sunrise. Enjoying such magnificent scenery in the golden early morning light was absolutely exhilarating.
From the lighthouse, it’s a short drive to the car park at the start of the Wineglass Bay Lookout trail. Hike up the mountain to enjoy your first glimpse of picture-perfect Wineglass Bay. From the lookout, you can follow the track down to Wineglass Bay Beach or, if the weather is fine, climb (and scramble) to the top of Mount Amos. The trail is challenging and very steep but the panoramic 360° views from the top are simply breathtaking!
Dinner: Takeaway Fish & Chips, Coles Bay
Travel Day 5: Coles Bay to Port Arthur
3 hours of driving without stops
Highlights: Historic Richmond / Tasman Peninsula / Eagle Hawk Neck / Port Arthur
On this 2 week Tasmania road trip itinerary, you’ll enjoy more lovely coastal scenery as you head back to the highway and south towards the Tasman Peninsula.
As you turn left onto the Tasman Highway you’ll come across the Devil’s Corner Winery. Here you can enjoy some wine tasting, a coffee or a meal and climb the viewing tower for a lovely view of Moulting Lagoon and the Freycinet Peninsula.
7 km south of pretty Swansea, look out for the convict-built Spiky Bridge. Continue on through Orford and stop off in historic Richmond for an hour or so to enjoy restored heritage buildings, pretty Georgian cottages, art galleries and antique shops.
Call in at the Richmond Bakery for lunch and enjoy live harp music in the sunny courtyard. You can taste the local Tasmanian whiskey, wine and gin, shop for souvenirs and visit the old colonial gaol, the oldest in Australia. Make sure you cross the river on the old Richmond Bridge, built by convicts and still in use today.
Continuing on to the Tasman Peninsula, there are many impressive natural rock formations to see, including the Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen. It’s a bit more driving to the Blowhole, the Tessellated Pavement and Eagle Hawk Neck where you can see the infamous dog line and enjoy sweeping views of Pirate Bay from the lookout before arriving in historic Port Arthur.
Lunch Richmond Bakery / Dinner Nubeena RSL
Optional: If you have a spare day, stop off in Triabunna and take the ferry to Maria Island to enjoy the beautiful scenery, native wildlife and convict history.
OR spend 4 days hiking Tasmania’s famous and very scenic Three Capes Track on the spectacular Tasman Peninsula near Port Arthur.
Find out more about visiting Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
Lunch: Richmond Bakery / Dinner: Nubeena RSL Club
Where to Stay in Port Arthur
Budget: NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
Day 6: Port Arthur Historic Site
Highlights: Port Arthur Historic Site / Remarkable Cave / Maingon Lookout & Blowhole / Crescent Bay
Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most popular historic sites and one you should not miss in your 2 week Tasmania road trip. You’ll learn about life as a convict in colonial Australia. It’s best to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site in the morning as the site is quite big and there’s a lot of walking. The entry ticket includes a short ferry ride around the harbour.
In the afternoon you’ll have time to drive out to Remarkable Cave to marvel at the wild rugged coastline and the huge waves crashing against the sea cliffs. From the Maingon Lookout near the car park, I could see Cape Raoul and I finished the day with a scenic walk around the cliff tops to Crescent Bay past the impressive Maingon Blowhole.
Lunch: Port Arthur Historic Site café / Dinner: self-catering
Travel Day 7: Port Arthur to Hobart
1.5 hours driving without stops
Highlights: Port Arthur Lavender Farm / Unzoo / Tasmanian Devils / Devils Corner Winery / Hobart / Battery Point / Salamanca Place
Leaving Port Arthur you’ll pass the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Stop for breakfast at the cafe and enjoy the lovely scenery. You can stroll through the sweet-smelling fields of purple flowers and shop for souvenirs. The next stop on this 2 week Tasmania road trip itinerary is a visit to the Unzoo on Arthur Road to see endangered Tasmanian Devils and hand-feed wild kangaroos and wallabies.
After about 90 minutes on the road, you’ll arrive in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. Spend the afternoon exploring historic Hobart, Battery Point, Salamanca Place and the Salamanca Art Centre. Stroll past pretty restored Georgian cottages in Arthurs Circus, climb the convict-built Kelly’s Steps, and visit St. Georges Church on the hill and Princes Park.
Breakfast: Port Arthur Lavender Farm / Dinner: Shipwrights Arms
Where to stay in Hobart
Budget: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
Budget & Mid Range: Shipwright’s Arms / Astor Private Hotel
Upper Mid Range: Moss Hotel
Luxury: Henry Jones Art Hotel
Day 8: Hobart
Highlights: Hobart Waterfront / Mount Wellington / Salamanca Market / MONA
Hobart is full of history and is sure to be a highlight of your 2 weeks in Tasmania. Enjoy a brisk sunrise at the Hobart Waterfront or, if the weather’s good, watch the sunrise over Hobart from the top of Mount Wellington. There are panoramic views from the lookout. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it all the way to the top of Mount Wellington because there was snow on the mountain and the road was closed.
Plan your 2 week Tasmania itinerary so you’re in Hobart on a Saturday morning to visit the famous Salamanca Market. I spent a lovely morning shopping and enjoying the stalls filled with gifts and souvenirs, local crafts, produce and lots of street food.
In the afternoon catch the ferry (or drive) to MONA and enjoy the weird and wonderful modern art in the museum on the banks of the Derwent River. The beautiful Hobart Botanical Gardens are near MONA and the Morilla Estate Winery is also nearby and worth visiting if you have time.
Lunch: Salamanca Market / Dinner: Shipwright’s Arms – Try the roast (weekend special)
Day 9: Hobart to Mount Field National Park – Day Trip
1.5 hours without stops (one-way)
Highlights: Mount Field National Park / Russel Falls / Salmon Ponds / Royal Botanical Gardens
This Tasmania road trip includes a visit to lovely Mount Field National Park. It’s an easy drive and a perfect day trip from Hobart. It takes around 90 minutes to get there. A great place to stop along the way is the Westerway Raspberry Farm. You can stock up on fresh berries before arriving at the National Park Visitor’s Centre.
From there it’s a short walk to the lovely Russel Falls, the Tall Trees and the Three Falls circuit trail. Unfortunately, snowy weather meant the roads were closed and I was unable to drive further into the National Park when I was there. I hoped to camp at Mount Field but, with freezing temperatures, snow and pouring rain I decided a day trip from Hobart was a better option.
While driving back to Hobart I stopped off for a bite to eat at the Salmon Ponds. There is a cafe, lovely gardens, and heritage buildings and you can feed the huge fish in the ponds. As you near Hobart, you’ll pass the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens again and you can stroll through the lovely grounds if you have time.
Lunch: The Salmon Ponds / Dinner: The Shamrock Hotel
Travel Day 10: Hobart to Deloraine via Launceston
3 hours without stops
Highlights: Launceston / QVMAG / Deloraine
The next stop on this 2 week Tasmania itinerary is Launceston, the island’s second-largest city. From Hobart to Launceston is an easy, unexciting 3-hour drive. In Launceston, you can see the free exhibits at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (QVMAG) or visit Tasmania Zoo before stocking up on food supplies and petrol for the trip to Cradle Mountain.
I decided to spend the night in the tiny town of Deloraine about half an hour outside Launceston on the way to Cradle Mountain.
Lunch: Picnic in Launceston / Dinner: The Empire Hotel Deloraine
Where to Stay in Deloraine
Budget: The Deloraine Hotel
Mid Range: The Empire Hotel.
Luxury: The Chapel
Day: 11: Deloraine to Cradle Mountain
2 hours of driving without stops
Highlights: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm / Cradle Mountain National Park / Dove Lake
Leaving Deloraine early, make sure you stop off at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a delicious raspberry-themed breakfast. Buy some fresh berries for the drive to Cradle Mountain. Mole Creek is the last petrol stop before the National Park and there is a limestone cave system to explore if you have time. Drive carefully along the narrow, windy road to Cradle Mountain around the switchbacks and hairpin bends. I arrived around midday and spent the afternoon exploring the walking trails around peaceful Dove Lake.
Breakfast: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm / Lunch: Cradle Mountain National Park Centre Café / Dinner – self-catered
Day 12: Cradle Mountain
Highlights: Cradle Mountain National Park / Marion’s Lookout / Knyvet Falls / Ronny Creek
Visiting Cradle Mountain is one of the highlights of this 2 week Tasmania road trip itinerary. My day on Cradle Mountain in the Tasmanian wilderness was very wet but still very special.
There was snow in the mountains and heavy rain when I was there in April. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually see Cradle Mountain as there was so much cloud and I found myself climbing through snow and mist to Marion’s Lookout. But I did enjoy the moody atmosphere at Dove Lake. The rivers were full of fresh rain and snowmelt and Knyvet Falls was powering down. I saw wild wombats near Ronny Creek and the Fagus was starting to turn to autumn colours.
While the weather was not ideal, I still had a memorable experience on Cradle Mountain.
Cradle Mountain has many walking trails to choose from for all abilities and levels of fitness. I left my car in the car park at the National Park Centre and took the shuttle bus into the park where I started my walks.
** My advice** Rug up, take waterproof clothes, and thermal underwear and sleep in a warm cabin rather than camping in the cold.
Lunch/ Dinner: Restaurant & Bar at Cradle Mountain Lodge / National Parks Centre Café / self-catering
Where to Stay on Cradle Mountain
Budget: Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Luxury: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Day 13: Cradle Mountain to Stanley
2.5 hours driving without stops
Highlights: Stanley / The Nut / Fairy Penguins
The next stop on this 2 week Tasmania road trip is Stanley and it’s a pleasant drive from Cradle Mountain to the quaint heritage village nestled beneath a huge rocky outcrop known as The Nut. From Stanley, you can drive around the cliff tops and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. There’s a cable car to the top of The Nut or you can climb the very steep path. Look out for pademelons near the path.
In the evening you can watch the delightful Fairy Penguins swim ashore at dusk and waddle up the beach to their nests. Penguin season is from September to March and I caught the tail end of the season in April. I put on every bit of warm clothing I had with me and went to the penguin viewing platform and found that most of the colony had swum out to sea, but there were a few stragglers who were malting and still in their nests.
Lunch: Bruce’s café near the beach at Wynyard / Dinner: Hursey Seafood / Stanley Hotel **Book ahead
Where to Stay in Stanley
Budget: Stanley Cabin & Tourist Park
Luxury: Noah’s Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Day 14: Stanley to Devonport via Arthur River
3.5 hours without stops
Highlights: The Edge of the World Lookout / Boat Harbour Beach / Fairy Penguins / Lillico Beach Devonport
I climbed the steep path to the top of The Nut to admire the view before driving out to Arthur River. At The Edge of the World Lookout, the river meets the Southern Ocean and there’s wild, white water as far as the eye can see and lots of driftwood. After marvelling at the power of nature, head on through the Tarkine wilderness towards Devonport. Along the way, stop at Burney, Penguin or stunning Boat Harbour Beach, one of the prettiest little beaches in the world (and voted number 8 according to the café owner).
Continue on to Devonport where your Tasmania road trip ends. Catch the night ferry back to mainland Australia or take the day ferry in the morning.
I chose a day crossing this time and spent the night very comfortably in nearby Ulverstone at the Lighthouse Hotel. This meant I was able to see the delightful Fairy Penguins again from the viewing platform at the Lillico Beach conservation area near Devonport. The next day it was a short 20-minute drive to the ferry and the end of a wonderful 2 weeks in Tasmania.
Lunch: Boat Harbour Beach Cafe / Dinner: Lighthouse Hotel
Where to stay in Devonport / Ulverstone
Budget: Discovery Parks Devonport
Luxury: Views Forever Devonport
What to Pack
While travelling light is always the best idea, Tasmania’s weather can be very changeable so it’s best to be prepared for both warm and cold weather on this Tasmania road trip. In the first week of April, I experienced glorious sunny weather with tops of 24°C on the east coast, ideal for camping. The following week there was snow in the mountains and it was bitterly cold, wet and wintery in Hobart and on the west coast.
Tasmanian Summer temperatures usually range from 17°C – 23°C (63°F- 73°F) and in winter 3°C – 11°C (37°F – 52°F) but it can snow in the mountains even in summer.
Pack Layers – even in winter it can be warm in the sun and summer can sometimes be quite cold.
- Warm fleece or jumper
- Down jacket
- Waterproof Gore-Tex Raincoat
- Thermal Underwear / Leggings
- Warm hat, scarf & gloves
- Hiking Boots with good grip & ankle support
- Refillable Water Bottle
- Sunscreen & Sun Hat
- Strong Mosquito Repellent with DEET
#2. Travel Insurance is essential on any overseas trip. With a good Travel Insurance policy I know I’m covered for overseas medical and lost or stolen baggage and more so I can concentrate on enjoying my trip without worrying about something going wrong.
How many days does it take to drive around Tasmania?
While you can drive around Tasmania in just 3 days, it’s worth taking your time to enjoy the sights and the stunning scenery along the way. A lap of Tasmania is 1500 kilometres long and you’ll need 2 – 3 weeks to make the most of the trip.
What is the best month to visit Tasmania?
The summer months, from December to February are the best months to visit Tasmania. The weather is warm, there’s less rain and it’s the most popular time of year to enjoy Tasmania’s beautiful coastline and wilderness areas.
How many days is enough for Tasmania?
You need to spend a few days to a week to get a feel for Tasmania but, to really explore the island, it’s best allow 2 to 4 weeks so that you have time to enjoy the Tasmanian wilderness and the stunning natural landscapes.
What is the most picturesque town in Tasmania?
Stanley is one of Tasmania’s prettiest towns. The quaint heritage village sits in the shadow of “The Nut”, a mountainous rocky outcrop on a stunning coastline. Stanley is surrounded by beautiful beaches and has a colony of penguins that swim ashore in the summer months.
Which is better Launceston or Hobart?
Both cities are worth visiting but historic Hobart is the capital of Tasmania with UNESCO world heritage convict sites, the famous MONA gallery and the bustling waterfront area. From Hobart, you can visit Bruny Island, Richmond, Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula and stunning Wineglass Bay.
Launceston is located on the north side of the island. It’s a smaller city in a beautiful setting with easy access to the wineries of the Tamar Valley, Cradle Mountain, picturesque Stanley, and the beautiful north coast of Tasmania.
When can you see the southern lights in Tasmania?
Yes, you can see the southern lights in Tasmania throughout the year when there are solar flares. The winter months from March to September have longer nights and are the best months to see the Aurora in Tasmania.