Road trips out of Hobart and Launceston

Hit the road and explore the best Tasmania has to offer. From the stunning Wineglass Bay to historical Port Arthur there’s so much to see and do in Tasmania and of course the best way to see what Tassie has to offer is to hit the road and go exploring. Check out these 3 awesome road trips which take in some of the state’s best sights.

Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park 

Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is a must do road trip and is just 2 and a half hours from Hobart or 2 hours from Launceston. To really soak up what this beautiful part of the world has to offer it is best to stay overnight near the Park. The Park itself is home to stunning pink granite peaks, secluded bays and white sandy beaches. Situated on Tasmania’s East Coast, the National Park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Freycinet National Park contains one of the most spectacular sights on the planet, the iconic Wineglass Bay viewed from high above. It is a bit of a scramble to get to the lookout, but it’s well worth it for one of Tasmania’s most photographed views.

Those wishing to explore further there is an excellent half day trek continuing on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the stunning coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant.

Port Arthur
From Hobart to Port Arthur takes around 90 minutes and is worth every second when you arrive at The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur is home to Australia’s most intact and surreal convict location and no trip to Tasmania is complete without a visit to Port Arthur. The site contains over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that this destination has to offer as this unique experience is to be savoured not hurried.

Port Arthur

If you have time you can also cruise to the Isle of the Dead by joining a guided tour of Port Arthur’s island cemetery. Well worth the additional time and you will get a different spin on past life at Port Arthur with excellent narrative from trained guides.

The Huon Trail – Tahune AirWalk
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.

The Huon Trail

A major drawcard of the region is the Tahune AirWalk, a 90 minute drive south of Hobart. The experience offers a variety of tranquil forest walks which calm the mind, the body and definitely the soul. The walks provide stunning views of the forest canopy and allows you to get up close and personal with nature. During the walk my best advice to you is to make sure you hold on tight when navigating the swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers.

published November 17, 2015

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