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Tasmania is a fabulous destination to explore by car. The state boasts great local food and wine, numerous historical sites and vast national parks and natural wonders, with much of the state being protected national park.
Your Tasmania self drive holiday itinerary below includes all of this and more, and we believe 10 days is a great amount of time to spend exploring. The state is rather spread out, and by driving from place to place on the easy (and relatively low trafficked) roads, you’ll have the freedom to see the best of Tasmania.
When planning Tasmania holidays, self drive options are very popular. This is because Tasmania is a state made to be explored by your own vehicle whether that’s a rental car or your own. Public buses only run between the main places and you’ll want to see more than this! You’ll love the freedom that comes with a self drive Tasmania itinerary.
To help you come up with your perfect Tasmania self drive itinerary, below we give you exactly this! It’s designed for 10 days in Tasmania and there are also some suggestions if you would prefer a Tasmania 9 day itinerary.
Going for a shorter period? You can find our best 4-5 day itinerary for Tasmania here or our 7 day itinerary for Tasmania here. If you have a bit longer, you may prefer to read our 14 day itinerary for Tasmania self drive here.
So keep reading for your day-by-day, step-by-step 10 days Tasmania self drive itinerary which includes stops, driving times and accommodation suggestions. There is also a 10 days Tasmania itinerary map so you can better picture the route you will be taking.
Note this self drive itinerary Tasmania is on the fast side – it assumes you want to experience as much as possible and get a great taste of Tasmania on your trip. If you like to take things easier, I recommend removing a destination or two or removing some of the stops between places. Just read through and remove the ones from your Tasmania 10 day itinerary that sound least interesting to you.
This trip is suitable for couples, friends, solo travellers and families. If you have young kids, I recommend removing some stops to make it a bit easier however.
Finally, if you have any questions about this Tasmania self drive itinerary blog, let us know in the comments below – we are happy to help you in this ultimate Tasmania tours self drive option!
- 1 Perfect Self Drive Tasmania Itinerary 10 days
- 2 Tasmania Self Drive Map: 10 days In Tasmania
- 3 Day 1: Arriving in Hobart
- 4 Day 2: Enjoying Hobart
- 5 Day 3: Lake St Clair And Strahan
- 6 Day 4: Strahan
- 7 Day 5: Wilderness Adventures
- 8 Day 6: Cradle Mountain
- 9 Day 7: Launceston And Tamar Valley
- 10 Day 8: Freycinet National Park
- 11 Day 9: Port Arthur
- 12 Day 10: Back To Hobart
- 13 9 Days Tasmania Itinerary
- 14 Final Words About Your Self Drive Tasmania 10 days Itinerary
Perfect Self Drive Tasmania Itinerary 10 days
Remember, this is a full Tasmania 10 day road trip. If you have fewer days, simply pick the days that most appeal – there are more tips for less days below. For more days, read our itinerary here.
Days 1-2 explore Hobart
Day 3 drive to Strahan stopping at the Lake St Clair part of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
Day 4 explore the west coast from Strahan
Days 5-6 drive to Cradle Mountain and exploring the Dove Lake area at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
Day 7 head to Launceston
Day 8 hike to famous Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park
Day 9 explore Tasmania’s convict heritage at Port Arthur Historic Site
Day 10 finish in Hobart
The highlights of these self drive tours Tasmania are:
- Walk through the streets of Richmond and Battery Point on a heritage trail
- See the best of Hobart including Mt Wellington, Mona and Salamanca Place
- See the renowned river reflections on a Gordon River Cruise and the beautiful beaches at Strahan
- Ride the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway through an ancient world heritage listed forest
- Explore Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
- Sample Tasmania’s famous wine and produce in the Tamar Valley and visit the mining Heritage Centre in Beaconsfield
- Hike an easy track and take in the scenery at the famous Wineglass Bay
- Explore the heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site and sail the harbour on a cruise
This one of our Tasmania self drive tours is designed to start and finish in Hobart, but you can start and finish from any point.
If you are starting at the Spirit of Tasmania and looking for a self drive Tasmania itinerary from Devonport, I recommend you start on Day 7 and drive straight to Launceston when disembarking. Once you hit day 10, start over on day one and finish up at Cradle Mountain before driving back to Devonport.
If you are looking for a family 10 day road trip Tasmania, this also works great for families but with younger kids, I definitely recommend slowing it down.
Tasmania Self Drive Map: 10 days In Tasmania
The following map shows you the route this 10 day Tasmania road trip takes around the state. You get to discover the main regions.
Day 1: Arriving in Hobart
Welcome to Hobart! This is the beginning of your itinerary Tasmania in 10 days, and today you’ll explore the capital of Tasmania.
As today is your first day in Hobart, you’ll take it pretty easy.
- Arrive in Hobart and collect your hire car. There are many hire car companies at the airport.
- Head straight to the top of Mount Wellington to see the city and understand the layout.
- Have lunch.
- Check- in to your hotel.
- Explore Battery Point on a heritage walk, then make your way to Salamanca Place and Hobart’s Waterfront.
- Choose one of the many restaurants for dinner. For excellent seafood, try Drunken Admirals.
Where To Stay In Hobart
- BEST – MACq 01 Hotel (See latest prices here)
- MIDRANGE – Somerset On The Pier (See latest prices here)
- BUDGET – Central Hotel Hobart (See latest prices here)
Mt Wellington (which is officially known as kunanyi) is iconic in Hobart and can be seen from all around the city. It is the first stop on your Tasmania self drive itinerary 10 days.
Driving from the airport to Hobart takes about 20 minutes, and then it’s a further 30 minute drive to the top of Mt Wellington. It’s a relatively easy drive to the top, with many places along the way to stop, take a walk and take photos of the view. The Springs is a popular place to stop and get a coffee, take a walk and use the bathroom.
Continuing up the mountain, you’ll reach the pinnacle where there’s a sheltered observation deck with signs to acquaint you with the city. The view from here really is stunning, and it’s a great place to become familiar with the layout of Hobart. There are also outdoor observation decks, as well as walks and rocks to climb.
It’s worth noting that this is a mountain and as such it can be very cold (dress warmly) and some days can be cloudy obscuring the views. However I still think it’s worth the drive up for the many walks and the fresh mountain air.
Address: Wellington Park TAS 7054
Battery Point is a historic inner city suburb of Hobart, and the best way to explore it is on a heritage walk. You can find a guide to this walk here.
There are many points of interest and you can check to see which ones interest you. I suggest starting at Salamanca Place (you’ll return there afterwards) and taking the historic Kelly Steps (which were built in 1840) and exploring Battery Point from here.
Points of particular interest include the trendy cafes, shops and restaurants on Hampden Road (including Narryna Heritage Museum), Arthurs Circus and Princes Park.
The streets are very pretty with historic cottages and the cafes are a great place to stop for a coffee.
Battery Point is where we live and I’m sure you’ll quickly love it as much as us.
Salamanca Place and Hobart’s Waterfront
After exploring the streets of Battery Point, return to Salamanca Place and see the lined sandstone buildings which have been converted to trendy shops, bars and restaurants.
If you’re looking for souvenirs the shops here sell excellent products Tasmania is famed for (like woodwork, fudge, wine etc), and there are numerous trendy bars to stop for a drink later on. This is where the best bars in Hobart are located.
After exploring Salamanca Place and Salamanca Square, start making your way to Parliament House Gardens and then cross the street to Hobart’s Waterfront.
The waterfront is usually crowded with sailing boats and some nights a food market is held. Enter the floating pontoon at Brook Street Pier, see the converted warehouses near MACq01, explore Mawson’s Huts replica museum and take a photo of the old steam crane.
When the hunger pangs start hitting, there are plenty of places to go for dinner on the waterfront and in Salamanca. This area is known for its excellent fresh seafood, and a particularly good place to sample it is Drunken Admiral. Booking ahead is recommended.
There are plenty of other choices however, including the floating takeaway shops and many other restaurants nearby.
Day 2: Enjoying Hobart
Day 2 of this road trip in Tasmania is all about seeing more of Hobart.
- Start the day at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). You can either take a ferry from the waterfront or drive (about a 15 minute drive)
- Head in the direction of Richmond and eat lunch at a restaurant nearby (I recommend Coal River Farm).
- Explore the town of Richmond and then return to Hobart and have dinner in Salamanca Place (Richmond is about 30 minutes from Hobart).
MONA is a world renowned museum built by the eccentric David Walsh, and it’s the only must see museum on your Tasmania travel itinerary 10 days.
You have two options of getting here – you can drive or take a ferry. The ferry is a nice 30 minute journey where you can take in the Derwent River views on the way. However if you’re heading to Richmond afterwards, I’d recommend driving.
MONA is impressive for several reasons. Firstly, it’s located on the grounds of a winery and mostly located under the ground, etched into the sandstone. It’s also home to a wealth of artwork, and some particularly interesting and strange pieces can be found here.
You can download the Mona O app to your phone which is like your own tour guide so that you can read and listen tot things which interest you (and ignore the things that don’t).
The museum is set over several floors and some exhibits are interactive making it great for visiting with kids. When we visited there was an interesting maze, a room with TV sets and people singing (which was oddly uncomfortable) and a Poop Machine (to show how strange the exhibits can be)!
You can also find a library and various bars and eating options as well as a big grassy area outside and a playground.
There are also historical artifacts to be found here from an Egyptian sarcophagus and other artwork from the past. Some exhibitions do require an extra ticket but most things are included in the price of entry.
You can pre-purchase tickets online, and it really is an interesting (albeit sometimes strange) place which I highly recommend visiting.
Address: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011
Richmond is a pretty historic town about 30 minutes from Hobart. This is a popular place to visit for both tourists and locals, and the town features colonial style architecture, Australia’s oldest stone span bridge, churches, museums, cafes and galleries.
Richmond is very easy to explore on foot, and you can find a range of places to buy souvenirs, stop for coffee and do and see some interesting things. If you’re visiting with kids, we recommend adding a visit to the Pooseum to your list, a museum which features a variety of animal poo!
Two attractions we recommend are detailed below.
Tasmania’s gaols are important historical relics when it comes to early colonial history, and Richmond Gaol is one of the oldest and a very interesting place to explore.
The gaol is on the small side and it’s easy to explore in under an hour. You are free to do a self guided tour using the information boards and the map, and there are sound effects to add to your experience.
The buildings of the gaol feature the main gaol building where convicts were housed, a cook’s house, solitary confinement cells, the women’s quarters and the flogging yard. There are several historical artifacts on show, and you can enter the solitary confinement cells for an insight into the experience of being in solitary confinement.
Whilst it’s only a small gaol, as the oldest intact convict gaol in Australia, it’s definitely worth seeing.
Address: 37 Bathurst St, Richmond TAS 7025
Old Hobart Town Model Village
If you’re interested in what Hobart would have looked like in the 1820’s, a visit to the Old Hobart Town Model Village is a must. This large model village is an interesting place to explore and is like looking through a window back in time.
This clever model village took several years to construct with the builder studying records carefully to offer a true picture of Hobart in the 1820s.
You can walk around looking at the model and read descriptions of buildings and what life was like in Hobart during that time. Street names are given to add context to today and it’s very interesting to see just how much the city has evolved since then.
A lot of thought has been put into the model village and there are some funny, stereotypical human figures to spot making it interesting for kids (and adults) to see what they can find. There’s also a good gift shop here.
Address: 21a Bridge St, Richmond TAS 7025
Day 3: Lake St Clair And Strahan
Driving Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
It’s time to head out of Hobart on this 10 day itinerary Tasmania and explore the central highlands and west coast.
- Have breakfast in Salamanca and then head to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre (takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes)
- Have lunch, take a look at the Visitor Centre and then go for a walk. I suggest taking the Watersmeet Walk and then heading to Platypus Bay if you would like more.
- Continue driving to Strahan (takes about 2 hours)
- Visit the West Coast Visitor Centre and see the West Coast Reflections museum (note it closes at 4pm)
- Have dinner. We recommend Bushman’s Bar and Cafe. It’s best to book ahead as there can be a shortage of places to eat in Strahan.
Where To Stay In Strahan
- BEST – Aloft Boutique Accommodation (See latest prices here)
- MIDRANGE – Big4 Strahan Holiday Retreat (See latest prices here)
- BUDGET – Motel Strahan (See latest prices here)
Lake St Clair
The first stop outside of Hobart on your Tasmania suggested itinerary 10 days is at the southern end of Lake St Clair. Not only is this a great place to stretch your legs after a long drive, but it’s a stunning location and perfect for a short walk.
On the premises is a large visitors centre where you can get some information on the walks and see a small museum. There’s also toilet facilities and a restaurant (however when we visited they stopped serving lunch at 1:30pm).
You can start your walk at Cynthia Bay and there are many long walks you can do. However the best walks for this itinerary are the Watersmeet Walk and Platypus Bay. They can be combined if you have the stamina for more and take between 30 minutes to 2 hours return.
The setting really is stunning, and you’ll see the famous waratah along the path. I recommend walking back to the visitor centre by the beach, where you can see the calm lake and spot Pumphouse Point in the distance.
You need a national park pass to visit this park, as well as many other parks. You can purchase one pass for your entire trip at Lake St Clair, or pre-purchase online here.
West Coast Reflections
Located on the waterfront of Strahan is the West Coast Visitor Information Centre, and here is where you’ll find the West Coast Reflections museum.
Set over two floors, this small museum offers information on the history of the area and its people, important historical events (like the Franklin Dam controversy) and the life of convicts, early settlers and indigenous Australians.
For a small museum, there’s a lot of information here and it gives a good background of sites you may soon see (like the Gordon River and Sarah Island). Entry is cheap ($2 for adults, $1 for kids).
The West Coast Visitors Centre also hosts the play ‘The Ship That Never Was’ – a story of how convicts hijacked a ship in Macquarie Harbour. This is an entertaining and popular play to see and runs for about an hour and 15 minutes. It’s worth considering if you’re looking for things to do at night in Strahan.
Day 4: Strahan
On this day of the 10 days in Tasmania itinerary, get ready for some stunning scenery on the Gordon River
- Take a stunning Gordon River cruise and visit Sarah Island
- Stretch your legs with a walk along Ocean Beach or West Strahan Beach
Gordon River Cruise
A Gordon River cruise is a fabulous way to spend a day in Strahan and takes most the day. The two main cruise lines you can book with are World Heritage Cruises and Gordon River Cruises. We cruised with Gordon River Cruises.
The day starts at the cruise terminal on the waterfront (which is close to the West Coast Visitor Centre). This is quite a large building with a lot of souvenirs for purchase. We then boardered the cruise and were taken to our seats ready for the journey.
On board, there is a cafe, an outdoor area at the front of the boat where you can take in the amazing scenery and regular entertaining videos giving some information on the area and history of early colonial life here. Macquarie Harbour is actually the largest natural port in Australia!
The boat switches on its electric motor when on the Gordon River for a quiet cruise experience to truly experience the peace of this area. It really is a beautiful part of the world.
The first stop is Heritage Landing, where you can either walk with a tour guide or alone. The track is very easy and only a short walk. There’s probably enough time to circle it twice.
You’re then served a delicious buffet lunch on board with a focus on Tasmanian produce.
Next you make your way to Sarah Island which was an infamous penal settlement. Most of the structures are in ruins, but you can see where they once stood, and the island is very pretty to explore. Again, you can see it as part of a tour or walk unguided.
The boat has two deck options – Main Deck and Premium Upper Deck. We sat in the Main Deck and opted for a window seat which was very comfortable. Premium Upper Deck also includes morning tea, it’s own viewing deck and also an open bar.
The cruise really is a relaxing and scenic way to spend a day, and if conditions are right, you may be lucky enough to see the famous water reflections caused by the tannin water.
Address: 24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468
Strahan has some lovely beaches and whilst the weather is not always ideal for swimming, it’s still worth taking a walk along one. Ocean Beach is just a 10 minute drive from the town centre and down a dirt road to the car park.
The beach itself is huge and long, and you could spend a long time walking here (or swimming in the warmer months). You can also drive your suitably equipped car or 4WD on it!
There’s a sign when you arrive which states that looking out to the ocean, the next landmass is the southern tip of South America! Thus some days you can expect some strong winds (known as the Roaring 40’s) and some big waves.
West Strahan Beach
West Strahan Beach is just a small beach located in the town centre and an easy place to take a walk or swim. It may even be within walking distance of the place you’re staying.
The beach has a rather secluded feel and it’s interesting to see this pocket of sand as it’s not located on the oceanfront.
The water is just like that of the Gordon River – darkened by the natural tannin and suitable for swimming. There’s also a playground for kids.
Day 5: Wilderness Adventures
Driving Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
On this day of your Tasmania road trip 10 days, get ready to see some amazing wilderness.
- Take a trip on the amazing West Coast Wilderness Railway (note this doesn’t always run daily so you may need to switch it with the Gordon River cruise on day 4)
- Drive to your accommodation at Cradle Mountain. This is quite a scenic drive
- Get close to Tasmania’s most famous animal with an after dark feeding tour at [email protected]
Where To Stay At Cradle Mountain
- BEST – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Click here for more details)
- MIDRANGE – Cradle Mountain Highlanders (Click here for more details)
- BUDGET – Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain (Dorm Rooms Available) (Click here for more details)
West Coast Wilderness Railway
Today, you’ll witness the engineering marvel which is the West Coast Wilderness Railway, as well as experience the tranquility and ruggedness of the ancient cold temperate rainforest.
The train departs from both Regatta Point Station at Strahan and Queenstown Station in Queenstown. There are several types of tours you can do taking either a half or full day. If you can, I recommend a full day tour which takes you to Lowana Yard, through the historic rainforest to Teepookana and Lower Landing and other stops on the way to Queenstown. However a half-day tour is a great option too and will take you as far as Dubbil Barril.
There are various activities at each stop, like walks (guided or unguided), honey sampling, panning for gold etc. At Queenstown you can purchase additional activities like river rafting.
There are two carriages to choose from – Heritage and Wilderness. Wilderness is fully catered and includes an open balcony. Heritage is comfortable and allows you to purchase snacks and drinks.
There are cafes at both stations, and the journey is a wonderful way to spend a day appreciating this unique part of the world.
Address: 62 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468
After you’ve settled in to your hotel at Cradle Mountain, I recommend an after dark tour at the [email protected] wildlife sanctuary.
These tours run daily between 5:30pm – 8:30pm and take about an hour and 15 minutes. This is the best time to see Tasmanian devils as they are mostly a nocturnal animal.
The main event of the tour is the feeding which is a very interesting (and somewhat violent) thing to see (and hear!) for kids and adults.
You’ll also get to see other animals like the spotted-tailed quoll and the eastern quoll too.
As this is a wildlife sanctuary that helps in the conservation of the threatened Tasmanian devil, your visit also helps in the conservation efforts so it’s something you can feel good about. After dark tours really are the best way to see the Tasmanian devil!
Address: 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain TAS 7306
Day 6: Cradle Mountain
On this day of the 10 day driving itinerary Tasmania, you explore the Cradle Mountain part of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.
- Drive to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre after packing a lunch
- From here, take a shuttle bus to Dove Lake
- Explore this region, picking a hike that suits your taste and ability
Cradle Mountain is a must see spot when you are in this part of the world, and today you’ll explore this beautiful area.
Your visit will start from the visitors centre where there is a shop, a cafe and where you can get some information on the park and it’s walks. This is also where you get your shuttle bus ticket (note if you already purchased a national park pass, this ticket is free but must be picked up from here).
You then make your way to the shuttle bus stop. Buses are frequent, arriving every 10-15 minutes, although how long they run changes during different seasons.
There are several walks you can do, and the bus makes several stops along the way where you are free to hop off and on, until it reaches Dove Lake. From here I recommend the Dove Lake walk which takes about 2.5 hours return but is very easy, mostly flat and mostly on a boardwalk. Crater Lake is also a good option taking about 2 hours.
If you’re visiting with kids or if a long walk doesn’t interest you, it’s easy to visit Dove Lake to take in the scenery (and some photos) and then catch the shuttle to another part of the park to take an easier walk. A good option is the Enchanted Walk – a very easy 20 minute track – or the Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk which takes just 10 minutes and runs through a rainforest and past a waterfall.
Of course, this is a spot where you can spend as much or as little time are you please. I recommend having some idea of what you want to do before you visit. You can plan your walk here.
Day 7: Launceston And Tamar Valley
Driving Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
In this part of the road trip Tasmania 10 days adventure, you drive on to Tasmania’s second biggest city, Launceston after exploring some of the Tamar Valley.
- Leave Cradle Mountain early to have a delicious breakfast at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm in Elizabeth Town (approx driving time about 1 hour 15 minutes)
- Head to Tasmania Zoo to check out Tasmania’s wildlife (approx driving time about 35 minutes)
- Pick a winery for lunch. We recommend Iron Pot Bay Vineyard (approx driving time about 35 minutes)
- Drive to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre (approx driving time about 15 minutes)
- Head to your accommodation in Launceston
Where To Stay In Launceston
- BEST – Peppers Silo (See latest prices here)
- MIDRANGE – Best Western Plus Launceston (See latest prices here)
- BUDGET – Village Family Motor Inn (See latest prices here)
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
Tasmania has some fantastic berry farms and one of the places to sample the finest raspberries is the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm.
This pretty farm includes a good shop, farm animals on site and the main cafe. You can also take a walk by the lake and there are activities to keep kids entertained. The cafe is popular, particularly around lunch time. I recommend calling ahead of time to make a booking.
Raspberries are, of course, seasonal but their dishes are served year round (from frozen and freeze dried raspberries). There are plenty of raspberry dessert dishes on offer here including drinks (like white hot chocolate and raspberry) as well as savoury main meals.
Some of the animals you’ll see on the farm include wallabies and alpacas, and you can also do some free raspberry tastings. It’s a great place to stop for lunch.
Address: 9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town TAS 7304
Just a 25 minute drive from Launceston is Tasmania Zoo. This is a great place to spend a few hours, and with over 1000 individual animals and 100 species calling the zoo home, there is plenty of variety here.
The zoo is home to native Tasmanian animals, other native Australian animals and rare wildlife species from around the globe. One of the reasons this zoo is popular is because it’s home to the Black Crested Macaque (the only zoo in Australia to host one).
Other animals include the Tasmanian Devil, the Sumatran Tiger, the Red Panda, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and many more.
The bush setting is a nice place to spend some time, and with a cafe and BBQ areas, you could also opt to have lunch here. There are also feeding machines where kids (and adults) can feed some of the animals, and you can watch other animals being fed at times.
Address: 1166 Ecclestone Rd, Riverside TAS 7250
Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
The Beaconsfield Mine was made infamous in 2006 when two of its miners became stuck, with a successful rescue effort that took two weeks. Today, the mine is no longer active, and has been given a new life as a heritage centre.
This is an interesting place to visit which gives some good information about mining and the surrounding area of Beaconsfield where gold was first discovered in 1847. It’s particularly interesting given the fact that the site is a defunct mine. There’s also information on the dramatic incident of 2006, and you can explore the outside of the mines.
The centre has a lot of interactive pieces of industrial interest with levers to operate and tunnels for kids to run through, and you can even pan for gold. Kids are also encouraged to search for animals however we as a family were unsuccessful at this.
There’s also a good shop and a few pieces of historical mining significance, and you can spend upwards of an hour exploring the centre.
Address: West St, Beaconsfield TAS 7270
Day 8: Freycinet National Park
Driving Time: 2 hours
The next stop on this 10 day self drive itinerary Tasmania is Freycinet National Park and the stunning Wineglass Bay.
- Have breakfast early before heading to Cataract Gorge in Launceston. Take the chairlift one way and walk around the Gorge over the suspension bridge in the other. Leave by 10:30am
- Drive to Freycinet National Park stopping at Freycinet Marine Farm for a seafood lunch on the way
- Hike to Wineglass Bay
Where To Stay At Coles Bay
Coles Bay is the best place to stay for access to Freycinet National Park
- BEST – Freycinet Lodge (Click here for more details)
- MIDRANGE – BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet (Click here for more details)
- BUDGET – Swansea Backpacker Lodge (Click here for more details)
Just outside the centre of Launceston is Cataract Gorge. This stunning site is an excellent way to spend a morning. The gorge is a natural formation with plenty to see and do including a chairlift, swimming pool, suspension bridge, restaurant and plenty of walks.
A ride on the chairlift is the best way to see the gorge. Two people can sit in a single chair. It’s not overly high but there is only a band around your middle so I’d recommend adults sit with younger kids.
The suspension bridge is also fun to walk over, with a very clear wobble as you walk. The path has information on the plants and their use to the ancient indigenous population.
Another interesting thing to try is The Inclinator – you can use this to get from the entrance to the base of the basin and back again. It’s self operated and fun to ride with kids.
Entrance is free but you do need to purchase a ticket to ride the chairlift. It’s a fabulous place to spend the morning.
Address: 69 Basin Road, Launceston, TAS 7250
Freycinet Marine Farm
If excellent seafood interests you then a stop at Freycinet Marine Farm is a must. Tasmania is well known for its top quality seafood, and as this is a marine farm, it has some of the freshest seafood you’ll find.
The site is actually a collection of small buildings with places to sit down for a meal, and we recommend having lunch here. There is ample seating and I think you’d be unlucky not to find a spot to sit. They also offer take away.
The menu itself is small but it makes up for its size in flavour – everything we tried was delicious, particularly the mussels and oysters (probably because they are farmed here!). There are several other seafood options, chips and drinks.
They also run tours on their farm where you can catch and shuck oysters yourself if this interests you. We would have done this if we hadn’t visited with kids. Still, we loved visiting here and whilst it isn’t cheap, it’s worth it.
Wineglass Bay is a stunning location and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tasmania. A visit here is a must.
Wineglass Bay sits inside Freycinet National Park and the beach is rated among the top 10 beaches in the world, and you’ll see why by viewing the beauty of this area from above.
There are several different walks you can do here. However by far the most popular is the gentle uphill track to the lookout where you can take in the scenery of the bay. This track is well surfaced with places to stop along the way and plenty of things to see.
We saw people of all ages hiking the track, and it takes most people between 30 minutes to one hour one way, depending on how many stops you take and your fitness level.
The view from the lookout is well worth the walk and is simply stunning. There are plenty of spots to take photos. However, it can be quite crowded during busy periods.
If you have more time and if hiking interests you, you can do the full Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit where you can hike down to the beach and return to the car park from the opposite direction. However this can take upwards of 5 hours so it’s certainly not suitable for everyone, but hiking down to the beach is the only way to touch the sand.
Whatever you decide, simply seeing this spot with your own eyes after hiking the trail to the lookout is a rewarding experience in itself.
Address: Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215
Day 9: Port Arthur
Driving Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
The next stop on this suggested 10 day itinerary Tasmania is Port Arthur, the perfect place to learn about Tasmania’s convict past.
- Drive to Port Arthur Historic Site after breakfast and explore the site. Make sure you take the included walking and boat tours
- In the evening, return to the site for the spooky ghost tour
Where To Stay At Port Arthur
- BEST – Port Arthur Villas (Click here for more details)
- MIDRANGE – NRMA Port Arthur (Click here for more details)
- BUDGET – Fox and Hounds Inn (Click here for more details)
Port Arthur Historic Site
Understanding modern day Tasmania starts with understanding its past, and one of the best kept historical sites in the state is the UNESCO listed Port Arthur Historic Site.
Once a convict gaol where over 12,000 prisoners were sent, the prison is now an expansive and interesting site to explore, and one of the top tourist attractions in the state.
Many buildings still stand, while others are in ruins, and you are free to explore the gaol, houses, gardens and surrounding area by yourself. We loved exploring the old houses and the relics from the past contained inside them.
Your entry fee to the site includes a guided 40 minute walking tour which I highly recommend taking to get more connection to the area. When you book and pay for your ticket (which can be done online), you select a time for your walking tour. I recommend booking ahead to get your preferred time.
Your entry price also includes a harbour boat cruise while sails past Isle of the Dead which was a burial island for convicts. Again, you select your time when purchasing your ticket – another reason to book ahead.
You can also opt to have lunch here as the visitor centre has a good cafe and restaurant. There is also a gift shop.
There are also additional tours you can purchase like a tour of the Isle of the Dead, and an after dark ghost tours which can be very popular.
Of course, a site like this has its share of ghost stories, and the after dark tour is a 90 minute entertaining tour of the site complete with ghost stories and descriptions of events.
Regardless of what you choose to do, Port Arthur is a fascinating place to visit.
Address: Historic Site, Visitor Centre, Port Arthur TAS 7182
Day 10: Back To Hobart
Driving Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
It’s time for the final day of this Tasmania self drive 10 day itinerary 🙁 Drive back to Hobart ready to fly out. If you started this itinerary in Launceston or Devonport, head back to day one of this itinerary to keep going.
- Drive from Port Arthur to Doo Town – a town of interesting house names (approx driving time 30 minutes)
- See the Blow Hole and Tessellated Pavement in Eaglehawk Neck
- Return to Hobart and then explore Richmond if it’s still on your list (see day one)
What can you expect from a place named Doo Town? A lot of funny house names!
Not far from Port Arthur, as you enter the stunning area of Eaglehawk Neck, is the little town of Doo Town. This is a place that embraces its name by naming the houses in a similar fashion, all using the word “doo”.
People have been quite creative and it’s an entertaining drive through the town to see what you can find. For some reason, with every name it becomes funnier. There seems to be an endless amount of ways the word doo can be used, so doo drop in and see what you can find 🙂
Address: 301 C338, Eaglehawk Neck, TAS 7179
Blow Hole and Tessellated Pavement
Adding to Tasmania’s profile of exceptional natural beauty is Eaglehawk Neck. Among the interesting geological sites to see here are both the Blow Hole and the Tessellated Pavement.
The Blow Hole is the remnants of a cave eroded by water where water from the sea washes through to create a blowhole effect. It can be reached by a short walk up a path from the car park nearby. The blowhole effect can only be seen during high tide. However, it’s still a scenic spot to visit at any time.
Just a 10 minute drive down the road and you’ll reach the Tessellated Pavement, a stunning site which almost looks man-made. This extremely rare natural tiled rock is the outcome of erosion and salt crystals from the sea, and it’s incredible to see and contemplate the wonders of nature.
This is a popular photo spot and you can get right up close, but to do so, I highly recommend wearing clothes and shoes suitable for wet conditions.
Address: Eaglehawk Neck, TAS 7179
9 Days Tasmania Itinerary
If you are looking for a Tasmania itinerary 9 days, I recommend choosing between either the Gordon River cruise or the West Coast Wilderness Railway on day 4. Then on day 5, head straight to Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre in the morning and explore around Dove Lake. You can then drop day 6 from the itinerary to make it a 9 day itinerary of Tasmania.
Final Words About Your Self Drive Tasmania 10 days Itinerary
There’s no doubt that Tasmania is a fabulous destination to visit. With stunning natural beauty, excellent food and wine and interesting towns to explore, there’s no shortage of things to do in this small state.
By following our 10 day itinerary, you’ll make the most of your limited time here. Whilst some days may seem full on, we know you’ll leave feeling like you’ve had an excellent overview of the state.
Chances are, you’ll also leave with a taste for more. You can always return to our site to read about all the other interesting things to see and do in Tasmania!
We hope you enjoyed this Tasmania 10 day driving itinerary, perfect for your Tasmanian trip. You can find more information to plan your perfect trip to Tasmania here or find our 4-5 day itinerary here, 7 day itinerary here and 14 day itinerary here. For more planning guides, click here.
Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.