Road Trip: Tasmania

In December 2016, John and I spent 6 days exploring Tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast.

We traveled through Hobart, Port Arthur, the Tasman Peninsula, Coles Bay, the Freycinet Peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Longford, Launceston, and many small towns along the way.

Not interested in the play-by-play? You can skip to our itinerary.

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Day One:  Drive from Hobart International Airport to Port Arthur.


Tasmania

The Tasman Peninsula is home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs and striking panoramic views.

Tasmania

Tasmania

We stopped in the town of Sorell earlier in the day and bought a few groceries so that we could enjoy a lovely, quiet dinner at our cottage.

Tasmania

Tasmania

What a great way to end a long day of traveling.  And if I’m not mistaken, we were asleep before sunset.
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Day Two: Drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay.

We woke up refreshed and ready to explore a little more of the strikingly rugged Tasman Peninsula:

Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania

And then enjoyed a delightful lunch of Freicinet Oysters and fish and chips at Devil’s Corner Cellar Door.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania

It was the perfect fuel for hiking and exploring Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park.

Tasmania

You can read all about that adventure HERE.

Tombolo Freycinet is one of the most popular spots on the Freycinet Peninsula and best known for their Wood Fired Pizza.

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We ordered one to-go, bought a bottle of local wine, and enjoyed another gorgeous evening in our home away from home.
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Day Three: Drive from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain.

The drive from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain is about 3.5 hours.

Tasmania

We stopped in Ross along the way, a charming colonial village from the early 1800s.

Tasmania

Ross Village is a good place to stop and stretch your legs.  Definitely check out the history of the Ross Female Factory, a workhouse (prison) for female convicts and their babies.

Tasmania

And be sure to grab a snack at the Ross Village Bakery, circa 1860.

Tasmania

About an hour and a half from Ross is Ashgrove Cheese Farm. This is another great place to stop for cheese snacks and ice cream.

Tasmania

We arrived at Cradle Mountain in time to hike around Dove Lake, a 5.7 km picturesque circuit located at the foot of Cradle Mountain.

Dove Lake

You can read all about that HERE.

Cradle Forest Inn is located in Moina, about 25 minutes from Dove Lake, and offers private chalets in the forest.

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I loved the contrast it offered from our previous stops.
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Day Four: Explore Cradle Mountain.

Our second day in Cradle Mountain ended up being cold and rainy, so we cancelled our hike at Montezuma Falls.

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Instead, we visited Devils @ Cradle, a unique conservation facility concentrating primarily on the Tasmanian devil.

Tasmania

That photo makes the Tasmanian devil appear vicious, but to be honest, he was only yawning.

Look how cute!

Tasmania

Devils @ Cradle offers several tours including an after dark feeding tour.

Tasmania

We spent the rest of the day at our cozy chalet reading, playing cards, and watching the snow fall.

And: eating pizza.

Tasmania

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Day Five: Drive from Cradle Mountain to Longford.

We woke to a gorgeous day for driving.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Our first stop was Mole Creek to see Mickey the Tasmanian Devill lovated outside of Trowunna Wildlife Park.

Tasmania

These are important stops for me.

Tasmania

This was right up there with Larry the Lobster and The World’s Largest Peanut.

Another worthwhile stop is Melita Honey Farm.

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After tasting countless flavors of honey, we finally settled on a spicy one to go with the cheese we bought at Ashgrove Cheese Farm.

We arrived in Relbia in time for our 1pm reservation at Josef Chromy Cellar Door.

Josef Chromy Wines

You can read all about our Chef’s Choice 4-course lunch overlooking the vineyard HERE.

The Racecourse Inn in Longford is a Historic Georgian Coaching Inn, built 1860.

Tasmania

Longford is a country town full of colonial charm and was the ideal spot for us to spend our last night in Tasmania.

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Day Six: Explore Launceston.

Our last day in Tasmania began with a hearty breakfast at The Racecourse Inn:

Tasmania

They use eggs from their resident chickens and produce from their extensive orchard.

Tasmania

Launceston’s own piece of wilderness is located just outside the city center and an easy 15 minutes from the airport.

Tasmania

Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin is home to the the world’s longest single span chairlift:

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And many hiking trails, wildlife, and views.

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It was the perfect way to end our Tasmanian adventure!

Tasmania

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Day One Highlights

Drive from Hobart International Airport to Port Arthur.

  • Lodging: Abs by the Bay
  • Food:
    • Coles Supermarket in Sorell
    • Sorell Fine Meat
  • Things to do/see:
    • Remarkable Cave
    • The Maingon Bay Lookout

Day Two Highlights

Drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay.

Day Three Highlights

Drive from Coles Bay to Cradle Mountain.

Day Four Highlights

Explore Cradle Mountain.

  • Lodging: Cradle Forest Inn
  • Food:
    • Feathers Bistro
  • Things to see:
    • Montezuma Falls
    • Devils @ Cradle

Day Five Highlights

Drive from Cradle Mountain to Longford.

Day Six Highlights

Drive from Longford to Launceston.

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