Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Hobart. Themes include: Tasmania, Departs from Hobart, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Hobart. + Show more
7 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Hobart hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Coles Bay hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Launceston hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Tasmania Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Salamanca MarketsFreycinet National ParkWineglass BayCape Tourville LookoutTamar ValleyQueen Victoria Museum and Art GalleryMount WellingtonSandy Bay
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DAY 1 Explore Hobart
Wander across the bustling harbour, enjoy fresh seafood in abundance, see ancient warehouses converted to 5 star art hotels and galleries; be 'camera ready' for iconic Hobart scenery and backdrops; drive to pretty Sandy Bay, then visit Australia's first casino; take a short drive out of town to wineries and welcoming cellar doors or tour an historic brewery
Discover the charms of cafes on the waterfront of Hobart; see historic CBD buildings and lively Salamanca Place; explore funky boutiques and cafes and on Saturdays browse vibrant Salamanca Markets; tapping your feet to bagpipes or exotic flutes
See rainforest flora change to sub alpine flora as you drive up massive Mt Wellington then see Bruny Island, the Tasman Peninsula and South Arm from the mountain top; explore the splendid faces of the huge Hobart Botanical Gardens, from exotica gardens to Pete's famous Veggie Patch.
DAY 2 Hobart - Port Arthur - Freycinet National Park
Take the high, elegant Tasman Bridge across the river Derwent. Look out for roadside fruit stalls with tree fresh produce at pyo prices as you pass fertile farming lands!
Pass Sorrell,Dunalley; and cross the isthmus to the Forestier Peninsula and Murdenna; before crossing the Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula, view the oceanside Tessellated Pavement.
Enjoy elegant Georgian landscapes at Port Arthur; see ancient oak trees astride white picket fences and long sweeping drives with quaint cottages, pretty gardens and an awesome array of colourful exotic trees in season.Perhaps purchase a guided tour at the visitor centre; hear vivid tales of early settlers military families who lived and worked in the convict settlement and hear tales of the hard lives of the convicts sent across the world to remote prison work places. Hear of the different 'lives' of the buildings; see convict built ruins and hear of industries constructed in Port Arthur, that made it a crowded and busy place in the 1860's. Travel north, passing Tiabunna, the gateway to Maria Island, travelling alongside the ocean to Swansea, then past Coles Bay before entering the world famous Freycinet National Park.
Overnight Coles Bay
DAY 3 Freycinet National Park Region
Enjoy a visit to the NP Visitor Centre before taking an early morning walk along the boardwalk to the top of the Cape Tourville Lighthouse; spot a multitude of flora and fauna or enjoy a bushwalk in this special part of the world. Perhaps take an aqua taxi to Wineglass Bay, or paddle a canoe in the bays or visit a Marine Farm and enjoy the freshest oysters!
Wander into pretty Bicheno township, full of friendly people and relax by great beaches and in excellent cafes before enjoying the facilities back at the resort.
Maybe join an evening spotlight tour, or 4WD tour, taking in wildlife or even a short cruise spotting whales, dolphins and seabirds in season
DAY 4 Freycinet - Launceston
See wide expanses of yellow fields, laden with gorse in season, rolling pastures, olive groves and renowned vineyards with cellar doors, pass Lake Leake and distant mountains en route to Campbell Town perhaps visiting the Georgian village of Evandale; then north to Launceston. Visit Cataract Gorge and Kings Bridge; see the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery or take a tour of a famous brewery.
Enjoy a visit to pretty Westbury to the west, with village green and quaint country inns and historic homes; Steam World housing a major collection of some 200 fabulous old steam engines, is lauded as the best collection in the Southern Hemisphere; the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is a short distance away and historic Entally Estate at Hadspen is considered well worth a visit.
DAY 5 Launceston - Tamar Wineries and Attractions
See wetlands, farm lands, fruit orchards, galleries, honey farms, lavender farms, vineyards, blue gum plantations and much more today in the Tamar Valley; see why Tassie is so famed for its food and why even a milestone has a smile on its face! Be awed at Brady's Lookout. Perhaps choose to visit exciting Seahorse World today or see Platypus, both at pretty Beauty Point in the West Tamar Valley.
Tour a goldmine in gutsy Beaconsfield and say hello to the locals at the great bakery/cafe then stroll through beautiful private gardens and enjoy personal attention and great new facilities at the Rowella Lavender Farm before crossing the futuristic and majestic Batman Bridge to the pleasures of the East Tamar Valley. Head east to Pipers River, spotting prolific verge-side wild heath, wattle and gums flowering in season, then on to Pipers Brook perhaps stopping for lunch at a vineyard at one of the welcoming cellar doors.
Make time to walk through pretty Lilydale, with street poles painted throughout with scenes from life in Tasmania and a mixture of art deco, colonial and country cottages and quaint country stores.... Enjoy a short bushwalk and see a famous waterfall before continuing on to Launceston, deep in the valley below.
DAY 6 Launceston - Hobart
Head south en route to Campbell Town, see historic monuments and crafts before heading to pretty Ross, site of the historic female factory prison and the Wool Centre, the town with an entrance avenue of elegant trees... and antique shops and horses at pasture in the main street.
At historic Oatlands, originally a colonial military post, see a bulb farm, many historic buildings, now converted as homes to craft shops and cafes
In the Coal Valley, set in bucolic surrounds see the oldest and most photographed bridge in Australia at Richmond town with wide river banks just made for taking pictures. Historic hotels, shops and cottages, line the bustling township on the banks of the Coal River, which is also the home of St John's Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Australia. Also nestled in the Coal Valley enroute to Hobart see elegant cool climate wineries with welcoming cellar doors.
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