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The Ultimate 7-day North-West Tasmania road trip

Embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure, traversing the picturesque landscapes of North-West Tasmania in a fully-equipped campervan, complete with a kitchen, water supply, and electricity – your mobile sanctuary on the road! This journey promises a deeply personal and awe-inspiring exploration through Tasmania's pristine wilderness. Starting from Hobart, this road trip will take you through charming towns, scenic rivers, breathtaking beaches, and rugged mountains, ending with a soul-stirring return to Hobart through the stunning Tasmanian highlands.

hire campervan in front of lighthouse in tasmania

What to bring?

  • Pack light as our campervans comes fully equipped!

  • Essentials include personal items, comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes for exploring, toiletries.

  • Bring a camera for capturing memories, and an open heart to embrace the journey.

  • Make sure to get your inflatable stand up paddle or kayak (enquire us)

  • Your Tasmanian National Park Pass

What to Anticipate?

  • Anticipate a culinary delight with local treasures such as fresh berries, seafood, and wine.

  • Experience the enchantment of encountering Tasmania's wildlife, a spectacle like no other!

  • Embark on a soulful trek along Tasmania’s stunning coastline, lacing up your hiking boots for an unforgettable adventure.

Trip Details

  • Approx 1,500kms

  • Approx 3.5h driving per day

  • Approx $350 petrol*

DAY 1: Hobart to Launceston

Start your journey from Hobart and head north to Launceston, a city brimming with history and charm. Nestled in the Tamar Valley, Launceston is renowned for its vibrant arts scene, exquisite gardens, and beautifully preserved heritage buildings. As you arrive, take a moment to stroll through the city’s historic streets, where Victorian architecture stands as a testament to its rich past.

Quadrant Mall, Launceston
Credit: Tourism Australia

Visit the Cataract Gorge Reserve, a unique natural formation just minutes from the city center. Here, you can walk across the suspension bridge for stunning views or take a ride on the world's longest single-span chairlift. The Gorge is also home to a beautiful Victorian garden, a delightful cafe, and resident peacocks. For those seeking more adventure, numerous walking trails offer different perspectives of this geological marvel.

Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston, Tasmania

For lunch, head to Stillwater Restaurant, set in an old flour mill by the river, offering a menu filled with local produce. In the afternoon, explore the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, where you can delve into the region’s cultural and natural history. Read all about Launceston here

Stay overnight at: Evandale, a picturesque village just south of Launceston. Known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, Evandale offers several free options for campervans. Enjoy a peaceful evening wandering its charming streets and perhaps catch a glimpse of the famous penny-farthing bicycles that the town is known for.

DAY 2: The Tamar River & Port Sorell

Begin your day with a scenic drive along the Tamar River, one of Tasmania’s most significant waterways, stretching 70 kilometers from Launceston to Bass Strait. As you meander along the river, lush vineyards and orchards line the route, offering ample opportunities for picturesque stops.

Cabin Cafe in Exeter, Tasmania
Cabin Cafe in Exeter

Your first stop is Exeter, a small town perfect for a morning coffee break. The local cabin café serves excellent coffee, making it a great place to relax and soak in the morning ambiance. Afterward, continue your journey to Loira Wines, one of the many boutique vineyards in the Tamar Valley. Here, indulge in a wine tasting session, sampling some of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate wines.

Next, head to Beauty Point, a charming riverside town. Don’t miss Chef’s Catch, a local seafood market and eatery known for its fresh and sustainably sourced seafood. Enjoy a delicious lunch of oysters, scallops, and fish and chips while overlooking the tranquil waters of the Tamar River.

In the afternoon, take a leisurely drive to Port Sorell, a serene coastal town renowned for its beautiful beaches and wildlife. Spend some time exploring the scenic coastline or perhaps take a short walk in the nearby Narawntapu National Park, often referred to as the “Serengeti of Tasmania” for its abundant wildlife.

Kangaroos on Springlawn, Narawntapu National Park
Narawntapu National Park - Credit: Jess Bonde

Stay overnight at: Dalgarth Park Campground (free). This well-maintained campground offers a peaceful setting surrounded by nature, providing the perfect end to a day filled with scenic beauty and culinary delights.

DAY 3: Devonport & Penguin Town

Start your day with a drive to Devonport, a bustling port city where the Spirit of Tasmania ferries connect the island to the Australian mainland. Take a stroll along the Mersey River and watch the ferries as they come and go. Devonport has a rich maritime history, and a visit to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre will provide fascinating insights into the city’s connection with the sea.

Spirit of Tasmania entering the port of devonport at sunrise
Credit: Sean Scott

For lunch, head to Laneway, a trendy café known for its vibrant atmosphere and delectable menu. Afterward, explore the Devonport Regional Gallery, which features a diverse collection of contemporary Tasmanian art.

Rental Campervan in penguin town in front of the church
Penguin Town Church

Continue your journey to Penguin, a quaint coastal town named for the fairy penguins that inhabit the area. The town is dotted with penguin-themed sculptures and artwork, adding a whimsical charm to your visit. Take a leisurely stroll along the esplanade, enjoying the seaside views and the town’s unique character.

Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Chris Bell
Little Blue Penguins

As evening approaches, prepare for a magical experience: spotting little penguins as they return to shore after a day of fishing. The best time to see them is at dusk when they waddle up the beach to their burrows. This enchanting sight is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Read all about the little penguins here

Stay overnight at: Sulphur Creek Campsite (free), located midway between Devonport and Penguin. This campsite offers a serene setting with easy access to the coast, making it an ideal spot for a restful night under the stars.

DAY 4: Boat Harbour Beach and Stanley

Head west to Boat Harbour Beach, famous for its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands. Start your day with a stroll along the beach, taking in the stunning coastal scenery. The beach is perfect for a morning swim or simply relaxing with a good book.

Rental off grid campervan in front of boat harbour beach, tasmania north west
Boat Harbour Beach

Next, make your way to Rocky Cape National Park. This park is rich in Aboriginal heritage and natural beauty, featuring coastal heathlands, caves, and stunning seascapes. Explore the various walking trails, which offer breathtaking views and the chance to see native wildlife.

Continue to Stanley, a historic fishing village dominated by The Nut, a sheer-sided bluff offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Take the chairlift to the top or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hike the steep path. The effort is rewarded with 360-degree views that are simply spectacular.

View from the Nut, Stanley, Tasmania
View from the Nut, Stanley

After descending, explore the town of Stanley. Visit Highfield Historic Site, an elegantly restored 19th-century estate offering a glimpse into Tasmania’s colonial past. For dinner, treat yourself to a meal at the Stanley Hotel Bistro, known for its fresh, locally sourced seafood. Before turning in for the night, don’t miss a visit to the local wine bar, where you can unwind with a glass of wine and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Hire campervan in front of seaport in Stanley, Tasmania

Stay overnight at: Stanley’s town campsite ($10/2 people), conveniently located within walking distance of the town’s attractions and dining options.

DAY 5: Explore Tasmania's North-West Peninsula

Today, venture into the wild and rugged North-West Peninsula. Begin your day with a drive to Arthur River, often referred to as the “Edge of the World” for its remote and untamed beauty. Here, the wild waves of the Southern Ocean crash against the rugged coastline, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring scene.

Gardiner Point, Edge of the World, tasmania
Credit: Sean Scott Photography

Take a moment to stand at the viewing platform and feel the power of nature at its rawest. The area is also home to an array of wildlife, including wombats, Tasmanian devils, and a variety of bird species.

Trowutta Arch, Tasmania

Next, head to the Trowutta Arch, a fascinating geological formation located in the Tarkine region. This natural archway, formed from collapsed limestone, frames a beautiful fern-filled grotto. It’s a short walk from the car park, making it an easy and rewarding stop.

In the afternoon, begin making your way back towards Hobart, taking in the scenic landscapes along the way. Pause to enjoy the tranquil countryside and perhaps visit a local farm or roadside stall to sample some fresh produce. "Please do not attempt to drive south towards Corinna as the C249 is entirely unsealed for about 150kms. Campervans are not covered by your insurance on this road."

Stay overnight at: Myalla Recreation Ground ($10/2 people). This quiet campground provides a peaceful setting for an overnight stay, with basic facilities and plenty of space to relax.

DAY 6: Hike Cradle Mountain

Spend the day exploring Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s most iconic natural attractions. The park is renowned for its stunning alpine scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and world-class hiking trails.

Cradle Mountain
Credit: Emilie Ristevski

Start your day with a hike to Dove Lake, a picturesque glacial lake nestled at the foot of Cradle Mountain. The 6-kilometer Dove Lake Circuit is a relatively easy walk that offers breathtaking views of the mountain and surrounding wilderness. Along the way, you’ll pass through ancient rainforest and across alpine heathlands, with plenty of photo opportunities.

Cradle Mountain
Credit: Matty Eaton

For those seeking a more challenging adventure, the hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain is a must. This strenuous 8-hour return hike takes you through rugged terrain and steep ascents, but the panoramic views from the top are well worth the effort. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Bass Strait and beyond.

In the evening, relax and unwind at the Lake Lea Free Campground, nestled in the heart of the national park. This remote and serene location offers a perfect end to a day filled with adventure and natural beauty.

Stay overnight at: Lake Lea Free Campground.

DAY 7: Return to Hobart via the Highland Lakes

On your final day, make your way back to Hobart along the A5 Highland Lakes Road, passing through the stunning Tasmanian highlands. This scenic route takes you through a landscape of rolling hills, crystal-clear lakes, and dense forests.

hire campervan in the great lakes area of Tasmania

Stop at Great Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Tasmania. Take a moment to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and perhaps try your hand at trout fishing, a popular activity in the area.

Continue south, passing through the charming town of Bothwell. This historic town is known for its Scottish heritage and is home to the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere, Ratho Farm. Take a stroll around the town, exploring its heritage buildings and quaint streets.

tasmanian great lakes
Credit: We are Explorers

Finally, arrive back in Hobart, where your epic North-West Tasmania road trip comes to an end. Reflect on the incredible journey and the memories you’ve made along the way, from the charming towns and scenic rivers to the rugged mountains and pristine beaches. Read all about the Great Lakes here

To Wrap It Up

This 7-day North-West Tasmania road trip is more than just a journey; it's an exploration of nature’s wonders and a gastronomic delight of local treasures. From the historical charm of Launceston and the scenic beauty along the Tamar River to the coastal magic of Penguin Town and the rugged allure of Cradle Mountain, each day offers a new chapter of awe-inspiring adventures. As you reflect on the memories captured by your camera and the taste of Tasmania's finest, this road trip redefines the essence of exploration and discovery. Until your next expedition, may the echoes of Tasmania's beauty linger in your heart, urging you to embark on more remarkable journeys in the future.

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