The best road trips, day trips and places to stay in Tasmania

With interstate travel now allowed across Australia, weekend staycations are becoming all the rage. So, to satisfy your travel cravings we’ve developed a short guide to help you plan the perfect holiday in Tasmania. Here are our top picks for the best weekend stays, day trips and road trips you can do in Tasmania.

Spend the day exploring some of Tasmania’s best hiking trails. Image: Tourism Australia

Road trips

Derwent Valley and beyond

Starting in Hobart, this scenic drive will take you through beautiful rivers, rolling hills, giant forests and rugged mountain wilderness until you reach the to picturesque Lake St Clair. Take the road towards New Norfolk and explore the historic town that sits on the banks of the River Derwent. Then climb up Pulpit Rock for some panoramic views. The next day continue to Bothwell and Lake St Clair, stopping at the impressive Mt Field National Park along the way. Check out the suggested itinerary here.

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Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair. Image: Stu Gibson
Convict Trail

Get a taste of Tasmania’s history with this iconic road trip that takes you through Richmond, Port Arthur and Hobart. This fascinating journey is rich in convict history and natural beauty. Along the way, you can explore the Tasman National Park, Eaglehawk Neck, Port Arthur Historic Site, Coal River Valley wine region and Old Hobart Town. See a suggested itinerary here.

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The Port Arthur Historic Site. Image: Hype TV
Cradle Country itinerary

Indulge in Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery from the north coast’s patchwork agricultural hinterland to Cradle Mountain on the edge of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. This road trip will take you from Devonport through Sheffield, Cradle Moutain and Burnie. Must-see highlights include the Devonport Maritime Museum, Warrawee Forest Reserve for platypus spotting, Latrobe – the home of competitive wood chopping and Elizabeth Town. For the full itinerary see here.

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Cradle Mountain in snow. Imaage: Paul Fleming


Maria Island Walk

The Maria Island Walk is not just a one-day walking track, it’s a cosy retreat at Australia’s only world-heritage-listed island national park. Book yourself in for a couple of nights and enjoy spectacular walks during the day. Then top it off with delicious meals and wine pairing in the evening.

You’ll be able to choose whether you’re up for the adventure walk or a casual stroll and in the afternoon you can wander to the stunning Painted Cliffs or Fossil Cliffs to watch the sunset.

Then at night, stay in the gorgeous Bernacchi House at Darlington, a rare, heritage-listed house dating back to 1880. With much of the logistics arranged for you, the Maria Island Walk getaway offers the perfect balance between relaxing and exploring. Find out more here.

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Abandoned Cement Silos, Maria Island. Image: Flow Mountain Bike

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Cradle Mountain Lodge

At Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge you’re just a few steps away from the wild and ancient paradise found on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It’s one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions, just two hours scenic drive from Launceston and one and a half hours from Devonport.

The four-star property is as cosy as it is enticing, fitted with leather couches, an overflowing library, log-pile fireplaces, coffee tables strewn with game boards and piping teapots. Find out more here.

Cradle Mountain, Peppers Lodge,
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Image: Matt Glastonbury

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Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses have been thoughtfully reimagined as Henry Jones Art Hotel, where history and art collide in the heart of the city.

The award-winning hotel comes with a quirky charm as it blends modern furnishings with its industrial bones. Not to mention, it is an art lover’s paradise with more than 500 artworks by Tasmanian artists – each piece is available for sale at the hotel or via the website. Find out more here.

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Image: The Henry Jones and Adam Gibson
Free Spirit Pods

If you’re looking for a weekend break that’s not too far from Hobart, set your sights on Bruny Island. Located about one hour south of the city and accessed by a 20-minute vehicular ferry from Kettering, Bruny Island offers a secluded getaway among an abundance of wildlife and stunning views.

The Free Spirit Pods – rated the best accommodation on the island – are situated on eight acres of bushland with waterfront views and direct access to Quarantine Bay. While you’re there, kayak along the scenic waters, where you might be lucky enough to see dolphins playing beside you. Or experience the wonderful variety of wildlife and birds galore (more than 50 species) at the Quarantine Station National Park that lies next door.

Embark on one of the island’s popular walking tracks including the Truganini Lookout, Fluted Cape and Cape Queen Elizabeth or taste your way around Bruny’s delicious local produce. For a fresh and authentic oyster experience, you can’t go past Get Shucked.

Free Spirit Pods Bruny Island Accommodation. Image: Supplied: Free Spirit Pods

Day trips

Freycinet National Park

Spend a day exploring Freycinet National Park and you’ll realise why this is one of Tasmania’s favourite parks. Situated on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast, Freycinet National Park is home to crystal-clear waters, the stunning Wineglass Bay, dramatic pink granite peaks and abundant birdlife. It’s about two-and-a-half-hours from Hobart but you’ll soon realise it’s worth it.

While you’re there, uncover a range of short walking tracks leading to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons, are worth it. If you want a longer stay, check out some of their accommodation options here.

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Freycinet Experience Walk. Image: Tourism Australia & Hugh Stewart
Mount Wellington

Just a half-hour drive from Hobart is the must-see Mount Wellington – Tasmania’s most famous and tallest mountain. Mount Wellington, also known as kunanyi, rises 1,271 meters above sea level and is one of Tasmania’s standout landmarks. Spend your day exploring some of the park’s hiking trails and be sure to check out the incredible view from the summit that can be reached by a 22-kilometre long narrow-track road.

Be aware that the mountain is often snow-capped and while it may look beautiful, it is well known for its biting cold winds. If you find the winds too strong to handle, you can take cover Pinnacle Observation Shelter. Find out more here.

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Summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Image: Luke Tscharke
Cape Raoul

If you want to experience hiking in Tasmania in just one day, Cape Raoul is the way to go. The newly refurbished track climbs through open forest to a cliff edge that will take your breath away.

Starting at Tasman National Park, the hike will take five hours return. Along the way, you’ll see stunning coastal seascapes including rock platforms, towering cliffs and columns, off-shore islands and swirling seas. It’s recommended you pack lunch and find a nice spot to sit and gaze in awe at the majestic views. Find out more here.

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Image: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Top image: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge by Paul Fleming

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