What better way to see Tassie than behind your own wheel, stopping where you like and pulling over for those perfect holiday snaps. The island lends itself to self-drive adventure – it’s compact and shorter driving times generally mean you can be up a mountain in the morning and by a beach come afternoon. Just go at your own pace and be sure to take the curious side roads along the way. Hop on the Spirit of Tasmania with your camper, pick up a hire car at the airport or find a long lost Tasmanian relative eager to be your driver and tour guide. Whatever way you do it, self-driving around Tasmania is relaxed, well sign posted and like the good old days, there’s also plenty of free parking.
ITINERARIES THAT WILL TAKE YOU PLACES
DERWENT VALLEY JOURNEYS
Ranging from Derwent Bridge in the central highlands all the way down through the Derwent Valley to New Norfolk, including the rugged appeal of Strathgordon to the west, The Rivers Run Touring Route is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse, charming and exciting regions. Here, history and nature dates back thousands of years, including strong cultural ties to Australian settlement.
HERITAGE HIGHWAY JOURNEYS
Explore this fascinating region where the past is always present and the road winds north to Launceston. Discover its colourful, colonial history; walk in the footsteps of infamous bushrangers and illustrious stonemasons; enterprising wool growers and hardened convict road gangs; political exiles, scoundrels and opportunists who have all contributed to the rich stories of Tasmania’s first Main Road.
TASMAN PENINSULA JOURNEYS
The Tasman region offers an array of wildlife, fruits, wines, whisky and seafood along with scenic cliff-top walks with vistas that will stop you in our tracks. Immerse yourself in the dark history of our convict era at the world heritage Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict-era sites in the world.
SOUTHERN TROVE JOURNEYS
Starting just a ten minute drive from Hobart, the Southern Trove encompasses the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island, Huon Valley and the Far South. The quiet country roads and relatively short distances from place to place make this compact region easy to get around. With so much to see and do here we recommend you drive slowly and stop regularly to truly appreciate the scenery, history, fresh produce and friendly locals of the region.