VISITING TASMANIA FOR THE FIRST TIME? USE MY FREE ITINERARY AND MAP!
I’ve been getting a few emails recently from readers and having conversations with friends and colleagues about Tasmania – they all want to visit this year after hearing about how fantastic Tasmania is from me. You can imagine how much this excites me because this is the very reason why I started Mister Weekender – to inspire travel! Last year I was lucky to visit Tasmania twice and it wasn’t hard to fall head over heels in love very quickly. The wide open spaces, fresh air, abundance of native wildlife and romantic landscapes are only just the tip on the iceberg of why this beautiful state keeps luring me back.
With this in mind I've decided to pull together a post for those of you planning on visiting Tasmania for the first time and I am giving you a FREE Tasmania itinerary which you can download, print and take with you on your trip. I am by no means an expert but the itinerary I am about to suggest will ensure you get to see some of the most beautiful spots in Tasmania if you only have a few days to spare. I hope this helps!
MISTER WEEKENDER TASMANIA ITINERARY AND MAP
- FLY INTO LAUNCESTON - Catch the earliest flight possible to Launceston so you have the whole day to explore. You can fly with Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas. Hire a car when you arrive at the airport and drive 15 minutes to Cataract Gorge.
- CATARACT GORGE - A stunning piece of wilderness just a few minutes from the township of Launceston, a trip to Tasmania wouldn’t be complete without a quick hike here. I would spend about an hour here, explore the lush gardens, walk across the main bridge which offers stunning views, go rock jumping and enjoy a hike along the river. Entry is free but parking is limited so perhaps try to visit mid-week to avoid the crowds.
Address: 74-90 Basin Road, Launceston TAS 7250 Website: www.launcestoncataractgorge.com.au
- JOSEF CHROMY VINEYARD - Due to its cooler climate, Tasmania produces some of the best tasting wine and sparkling wine in Australia. Reward yourself post hike with a cheese platter and glass of riesling at Josef Chromy Vineyard. And lucky for you, it’s only a short 20 minute drive from Cataract Gorge.
Address: 370 Relbia Road, Relbia TAS 7258 Website: www.josefchromy.com.au
- BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER FARM - If you’re in Tasmania between December and February, you simply have to visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate. You can read about my recent trip here. It’s located 50 minutes west from Launceston by car if you don’t feel like a glass of vino or its an hour drive from the vineyard.
Address: 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla TAS 7260 Website: www.bridestowelavender.com.au
- BAY OF FIRES - I am yet to personally visit Bay of Fires and hope to be back in April to spend some time in this stunning area. So if I were you I would absolutely visit Bay of Fires after the Lavender Estate. If you’re not sure what it looks like, and you really have to see this, click here. It will knock your socks off. It’s located just over two hours by car west of Bridestowe. You'll need to drive through St Helens but that’s not a problem because it’s a gorgeous little town and even the drive between destinations is equally stunning.
Address: North eastern coast of Tasmania
- STAY - There are plenty of accommodation options in Bay of Fires. I’ve heard many good things about Bay of Fires Lodge and have my fingers crossed I’ll be able to stay there one day!
- BAY OF FIRES - Bay of Fires extends from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point and I would happily suggest you explore the area for a full day and stay the night.
- FREYCINET - Have breakfast at your hotel, jump in the car on sunrise, drive 2 hours south to Freycinet. As you’ll be driving along the east coast you’ll no doubt want to add an extra hour or so onto the trip to stop and take photos.
Address: Eastern coast of Tasmania
- FREYCINET MARINE FARM - By now you’re tummy will start rumbling so drive to Freycinet Marine Farm for lunch and freshly shucked oysters plucked straight from the ocean. You can find out more about the farm when I visited last year and got knee deep in delicious oysters, here. I also highly recommend getting the mussels too!
Address: 1784 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay TAS 7215 Website: www.freycinetmarinefarm.com
- STAY - When I stayed in Freycinet, I was very lucky to spend a couple of nights at Rocky Hills Retreat. I highly recommend staying here for its remote location on top of a hill, stunning open planned interior and of course, it’s highly sought after outdoor bathtub. You can read all about my stay here. There really is nothing like jumping in a hot bubble bath, outdoors in the middle of the day with closed eyes and to the sound of eucalyptus leaves rustling above. And if you’re worried about what you’ll eat for dinner, don’t bother – Rocky Hills has a fully stocked fridge and freezer jam packed with local Tasmanian produce. Too easy!
Address: 11901 Tasman Highway, Rocky Hills, Swansea Tasmania 7190 Website: www.avalonretreats.com.au
- ROCKY HILLS RETREAT - You’ll want to spend a bit of time here, so I suggest having a big sleep in, enjoy the outdoor bathtub and surround, cook a hearty breakfast and then drive to Freycinet National Park which is a 40 minute drive from Rocky Hills.
- FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK - When you get to the National Park, you will need to pay an entry fee of $12 per person, which is put pack into preserving the park. Your first stop should be Honeymoon Bay, read about my adventure here. I would then suggest spending the rest of the day hiking over to Wineglass Bay. Be mindful that the mosquitoes come out in force on sunset in the National Park so pack insect repellent! And as soon as the sun starts setting you have about an hour to hike uphill and over the hill to the car park before it goes completely dark.
Address: Eastern coast of Tasmania Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au
Tip: Always try to avoid driving regionally in Tasmania at dawn, dusk and night. The native wildlife are their most rambunctious at this time and you will hit an animal or too. Not fun for the wildlife or your safety. So if you do have to drive at these times, keep a sharp eye out and drive slowly.
- PORT ARTHUR - Do enjoy another blissful morning at Rocky Hills before jumping in the car and driving two hours south to visit the historic convict site, Port Arthur. You can read up on my adventures there, here. You could easily spend a whole day here but I think a few hours is enough.
Address: 6973 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur TAS 7182 Website: www.portarthur.org.au
- HOBART - After a few hours exploring Port Arthur make your way north to the capital of Tasmania, Hobart – the drive takes about an hour and thirty minutes. I would spend the early afternoon exploring the city by foot and make sure you stop into MONA, the crazily beautiful Museum of Old and New Art before catching a flight from Hobart Airport in the late afternoon/evening.
Download here: Mister Weekender Tasmania Itinerary. Enjoy!