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This route combines the best of Tasmania into a touring holiday you’ll never forget!
Leaving Hobart, Richmond is your first stop. With its village atmosphere, heritage buildings and antique shops, the rich historical story behind Richmond will intrigue you. Continuing south east towards Port Arthur through Eaglehawk Neck and stop at the lookout over Pirates Bay – a magnificent beach bounded by dramatic coastline. The coastal rock formations of Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch, the Blowhole and Remarkable Cave guide you on this coastal drive.
Depart Port Arthur for Orford, first established as a mainland port for the convict settlement on Maria Island. Orford has clean, picturesque beaches including Raspins, Millingons, Spring and Rheban - with a popular campsite at Raspins Beach. The many scenic walks including the Convict Trail provide opportunities for scenic views and a historical oversight of the area. A 30 minute ferry ride away, Maria Island has an abundance of native animals roaming free in this wildlife paradise and is a perfect day trip.
Drive north from Orford towards the Freycinet Peninsula, one of Australia’s best stretches of coastal scenery. Enjoy the stunning view across the long curve of Great Oyster Bay. Continue by passing through the seaside town of Swansea, an ideal place for a lunch stop. Within a few kilometers of Swansea you can also sample award-winning wines. Continue on the main highway, take the well-signed turn-off to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park - a spectacular coastal region. Wineglass Bay is one of the world’s most photographed beaches and the lookout provides stunning views of the region.
Head north to Bicheno and take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat for a dolphin’s eye view of protected marine life. Following the coastline, the beachside townships of Scamander and Beaumaris are dotted with pristine white sand beaches and cafes leading to St Helens, a pretty fishing village located on the Georges Bay inlet.
A short 12km north from St Helens, take the tour to Binalong Bay and Humbug Point Reserve with its exceptional views, walks, white beaches and water sports. The Bay of Fires Conservation Area is filled with emerald coloured lagoons, wildflowers and lichen-covered granite rocks. Derby is today’s final stop where you can learn about the history of this thriving mining region.
A quick 30 minute drive from Derby, the smell of lavender welcomes you to Scottsdale, known for its vibrant lavender farm. On the road again continue forward to Bridport, popular for salt water fishing. The following stop on our Coastal Drive is George Town, Australia’s third-oldest town settled in 1804 where you can visit the old gaol and model village. Today’s final destination is Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city. Explore the city at your leisure and be sure to check out the famed Trowunna Wildlife Park, home to the Tasmanian Devil.
Various historic towns dot the route west of Launceston including Carrick, Hadspen and Hagley. Fifteen sculptures make up the sculpture trail in Deloraine and are a popular attraction in the area. On your way to Devonport, the 180-degree panoramic view of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park can’t be missed.
The town of Burnie is a popular stop with people en route to destinations farther west, with the Penguin Markets a key attraction with over 200 market stalls. Continuing on through Wynyard, Table Cape is a cliff top patchwork of rich soils and crops high above the Bass Strait. The historic fishing village of Stanley is this afternoon’s destination. Visit a fur seal colony or relive the past with a guided walking tour of the village and the famous unusual landmark called the ‘Nut’.
Heading south from Stanley towards Strahan, crossing Cradle Mountain, the town of Zeehan approaches with gold and silver mining history. Arriving in Strahan take a cruise along the Gordon River or view a screening of “The Ship That Never Was”, Tasmania’s longest running play. It tells the story of the last Great Escape from Sarah Island. From Strahan drive on to Queenstown where the starkly beautiful, barren hills that encircle Queenstown and the verandas that line its main street, give the town a Wild West atmosphere. Take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway from Queenstown and take a trip along river gorges, across bridges and over 35km of mountain ranges on a unique Abt rail system.
Departing Queenstown, Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of the famous Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. The Lake is Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake, stretching more than 17km in the heart of the World Heritage Area. Take a cruise on the lake or take one of several short walks around the lake. On your way to New Norfolk, visit the historic township of Hamilton with its striking Georgian buildings. Once in New Norfolk, experience a thrilling white water jet boat ride or climb Pulpit Rock for a breathtaking view of this bustling town. When you have finally finished exploring this beautiful area, and the last wonderful place on your trip, you may continue on back to Hobart at your leisure.
This top drive was provided by Discover Tasmania.
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