5-DAY TASMANIA ROAD TRIP
We realized 5 days in Tasmania was a bit rushed, but nevertheless we managed to squeeze in most of the highlights of this beautiful place down under.
Before our trip we had organized the following:
- Car hire – from Europcar we chose a small SUV and Europcar provided us a Toyota Rav 4 which was very spacious equipped with safety features.
- Accommodations – in Cradle Mountain, St Helen’s, Swansea and Hobart for one night in each place.
- Park Pass – we bought the holiday pass for 8 weeks online (even though we won’t be staying that long) which cost us $60. This was cheaper than buying individual pass per national park. For more information visit the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.
Here’s our 5-day itinerary for this trip:
DAY 1 – CATARACT GORGE RESERVE AND LIFFEY FALLS RESERVE
We flew in Tasmania via Launceston airport and drove all the way to Hobart where we flew out and back to Adelaide.
CATARACT GORGE CHAIR LIFT
CATARACT GORGE SUSPENSION BRIDGE AND RIVER GORGE
DAY 2 – CRADLE MOUNTAIN AND ST HELEN’S
From Liffey Falls Reserve, we drove to Cradle Mountain Hotel to spend the night at and explored Cradle Mountain National Park the morning after.
DOVE LAKE BOATSHED IN CRADLE MOUNTAIN
WE CLIMBED THE PEAK OF MARION’S LOOKOUT
VIEW OF DOVE LAKE FROM ABOVE (AT MARION’S LOOKOUT)
DAY 3 – BINALONG BAY, BICHENO BLOWHOLE AND FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
From Cradle Mountain, we drove to St Helen’s where we will be spending the night at. Then explored nearby attractions the next morning. The drive took us nearly 4 hours we left Cradle Mountain past 1.00pm.
CATCHING THE SUNSET FROM THE SIDE MIRROR AS WE DROVE TOWARDS ST HELEN’S
First stop: CATCHING THE SUNRISE (next day) AT BINALONG BAY. AMONGST LICHEN COVERED GRANITE STONES
Second stop: BICHENO BLOWHOLE
Third stop: SLEEPY BAY – FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
WINEGLASS BAY – FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
DAY 4 – RICHMOND BRIDGE, MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK, RUSSELL FALLS, HORSESHOE FALLS,TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, TASMAN ARCH, PORT ARTHUR
After exploring Freycinet National Park, we drove to Swansea where we spent the night. And then, early morning drive to our next destinations.
STOP 1: THE RICHMOND BRIDGE
STOP 2: MOUNT FIELD NATIONAL PARK
STOP 3: TESSELATED PAVEMENT
STOP 4: THE TASMAN ARCH
STOP 5: PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE
DAY 5 – MOUNT WELLINGTON AND SALAMANCA PLACE
Heaps of driving on day 4! Finally, we reached Hobart where we spent the night. We drove roughly 1,200 kilometres in total from this trip and that’s why I can say it was a bit rushed. A week or two would have been nice and relax.
SWEEPING VIEWS OF HOBART FROM MOUNT WELLINGTON
We really enjoyed our road trip to Tasmania and will probably be back to explore the western side. This trip took place in an Autumn Season. We exited Tasmania via Hobart.