10 days itinerary to Tasmania
*Pictures are below the itinerary!
I bought a return flight to Hobart for $870 with 15kg baggage from Jetstar. Sometimes the flight can go as Low as $600+ without any baggage.
Car rental from bargaincarrental, compact mini car is $27/day without insurance, so incredibly affordable!
- Day 1: Arrive at 9.45am. Check into Pickled Frog hostel on Liverpool street. Walk around the city centre and drive up to Mount Wellington for sunset.
- Day 2: Start the day at 7am and drive to Kettering to take the ferry at 8.30am to Bruny Island (you can drive your car up the ferry). In Bruny Island check out The Neck (Truganini Lookout), the light house (drive the main south road all the way down), Cape Queen Elizabeth, and hopefully attempt to catch the southern lights. Stayed at an Airbnb for the night.
- Day 3: Take the 9am ferry back and drive to bluegum hostel (Airbnb). Check out pirate Bay lookout (totem pole), eaglehawk neck (tessellated pavements), Tasman Peninsula.
- Day 4: Port Arthur & *simpter* bluff. Carharvon Bay. Trek to Cape Raoul if you have time (4hours return)
- Day 5: start the day at 7am & drive to Triabunna to take ferry to Maria Island. 10.30am ferry. Stay at Swansea Backpackers.
- Day 6: Drive to Coles Bay for Freycinet National Park. Trek to wineglass Bay (3h return) and down to Hazards Beach if you’re feeling adventurous. Can also consider Cape Tourville circuit (only 20min return)
- Day 7: Drive to Binalong Bay to see the Bay of fires. <— this was initially what I wanted to do but the floods up north were I bad that roads were closed when I was there, so I had to make a detour and drive back to Hobart City. I headed up north via the West instead of the East.
- Day 8: If you went up Binalong Bay, you will reach Launceston by this day. For me, I went back to Hobart and did the west coast drive up on this day. Passed by Gordon Dam and drove all the way to Launceston. The 4+h west coast drive was really beautiful though a little nerve wrecking when I encountered some snow at the top midway. (Bear in mind, I was there during winter). The west coast drive is the route less travelled by tourists and you hardly see any cars there but I really loved every second of the drive. It’s called Wild Wild West for a reason 😉
- Day 9: Spend the day at Launceston exploring the city, nothing much to see to be honest but I needed a day to rest from driving.
- Day 10: Start the day early and drive 3h to Cradle Mountain. Do the Dove circuit trek. (I wanted to do it but the weather was way too cold during winter so I turned back after 10 mins). It’s an amazing sight during summer though. You can either choose to stay 1 night in cradle mountain (quite expensive though) or head back to Launceston.
- Day 11: Either fly back from Launceston or drive back to Hobart City and fly out. I chose the latter because I realised that flying from Hobart is much cheaper than Launceston. Home sweet Home.
I would go back to Tasmania in the summer for sure, it’s really one of the most beautiful places I’ve travelled to.
Red tiny car to accompany me on my solo drive throughout the trip!
Bluegum Hostel on Airbnb. It is said that during winter months, you may be able to see the Southern Lights through that large window in the living room.
Halfway through hiking up to see wineglass bay
View of Wineglass Bay after hiking up!
Streets of Hobart City
Random pier in Hobart City. When I get bored in the evening, I’ll google maps to find random piers / beaches I can go to chill.
Gordon Dam if you drive the West Coast
View from the top of Mount Wellington. So gorgeous! Best to go during sunset 🙂