Michael Sarich
Michael Sarich
Travel Tip

6 Epic Road Trips in Tasmania

Tourism Tasmania
Whether you’re travelling around the island or just day-tripping, a quiet little road trip in Tasmania is always full of surprises. You don’t have to travel far to discover unspoilt wilderness, unique wildlife, history and a friendly local ready to share a story.

1. Tasmania’s west coast

A drive through Tasmania’s remote west is a trip through one of the last great wilderness areas. Experience lush rainforests, alpine plains, wild rivers and windswept coasts. Climb imposing mountains and gaze over deep glacial valleys, this is pristine and untouched territory. Discover the stories of the pioneers who carved a rich history and heritage in the west – and visit some of the ghost towns that remain. Take your time on this journey, there’s a new discovery around every bend.

A steam locomotive tourist railway journeys through a steep forested valley
Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
West Coast Wilderness Railway

2. Heritage Highway

History meets hedonism as you travel from Hobart to Launceston on the Heritage Highway. From the unmissable wineries of the Coal River Valley to the colonial villages of Richmond, Oatlands and Longford this is a road trip for the historian and epicurean alike. Don’t miss a visit to Old Kempton Distillery along the way, it’s home to Australia’s first paddock-to-bottle whisky.

Ross Bridge with church in background
Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Ross Bridge

3. East coast indulgence

Strap in for a journey that will indulge all your senses. Starting in Launceston and taking in Binalong Bay, Bicheno, Coles Bay, Swansea, Maria Island and finishing in Hobart, this trip takes you to some of Tasmania’s most jaw-dropping coastal sceneries, country wineries, eateries and luxuries. Whether you choose to rough it or 5-star resort it, you’ll come away refreshed and ready to tell your friends all about it.

A women sitting on rocks near the ocean at Coles Bay
Lisa Kuilenburg
Honneymoon Bay

4. North west foodies pilgrimage

Cool climate wine, cider and small-batch whisky paired with the freshest cherries and seafood, tastiest cheese and indulgent chocolate await you in the rugged north west. Not to be outdone, the breathtaking scenery between Launceston to Stanley will feed your soul just as much as you’ll be feeding your foodie desires. This is the most mouthwatering travelling you’ll find.

A woman leaning up against a stone building looking towards The Nut at Stanley
Michael Walters Photography
The Nut from Highfield historic site

5. High adventure in the north east

Zipline 30m above a stunning temperate rainforest, blast the Derby trails on a mountain bike or explore secret valleys on a quad-bike. The north-east route, taking in Launceston, Underwood, Bridport and Derby, offers adventure and tranquil time out in equal measure. And after you’ve worked up a thirst there are wineries and even a top-notch craft brewery ready to restore you for another day of adventure.

A group of mountain bikers sitting around a firepit at a lookout on a mountain bike trail
Flow Mountain Bike
Sawtooth Lookout

6. Sojourn the Southern Trove

Hidden treasures are found around every turn of the Southern Trove. Take a day trip to breathtaking Bruny Island and D’Entrecasteaux Channel or journey down to the wild southernmost tip of the state to World Heritage wilderness territory. Take your time exploring the Huon Valley’s eclectic mix of art, craft and cider. So much is packed into the Trove that you’re bound to be back to uncover more gems.

A man and a woman drinking a glass of cider at Willie Smiths
Tourism Tasmania & Jonathan Wherrett
Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider

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