The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Tasmania
Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students.
Fun Facts about Tasmania:
Tasmania (Also known as Tassie or Tas.) is the only island state of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of Australian mainland, separated by the Bass Strait. Composed by the main island of Tasmania and the 334 surrounding islands.
We will start and finish our trip at the city of Hobart. The most populated city of the territory with 221000 inhabitants.
The 42% of the territory is protected areas.
Planning your road trip:
The best way to move around the island is by a car so you should rent a camper van and then you will save the money on the accommodation.
The best route is travelling through the region from South to East and then North to West. This trip will take about 7 days and 1800 km. The trip will be composed by 7 stages, one for each day of the travel. You will be able to see most of the interesting places of the island.
Tasman Peninsula and Freycinet National Park:
- Road trip: 255 km
- Start- finish point: Hobart airport – Mayfield Bay Camping
- Must-see: Richmond bridge, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole, Port Arthur and the Historical Penitentiary
- 230 km
- Start-finish point: Mayfield Bay camping – Jeanneret Beach camping
- Must-see: Spiky Bridge, Devil’s Corner Farm View, Freycinet National Park and at last Bicheno and its Blowhole.
Bay of Fires, North Coast and Cradle Mountain National Park:
STAGE 3 (300 km)
- Start – finish point: Jeannerete Beach camping – Liffey Falls camping
- Must see: The Gardens, Binalong Bay, Halls Waterfalls, Derby, Launceston and Cataract Gorge Reserve, Grindelwald Swiss Village and the Liffey Falls
STAGE 4 (298 km)
- Start – finish point: Liffey Falls camping – Burnie
- Must see: Devonport, Penguin Road, Table Cape Lighthouse, Tollymore Road and The Nut in Stanley
STAGE 5 (407 km)
- Start – finish point: Burnie – Ellendale (Russell Falls)
- Must see: Cradle Mountain and any of its paths like the 6 km pathway that surrounds the Dove Lake, Queenstown, Horsetail Falls and Nelson Falls
Bruny Island and Hobart:
STAGE 6 (226 km)
- Start – finish point: Ellendale – Camping on The Neck (Bruny Island)
- Must see: Russell Falls, The Neck Lookout and its camping and beach and the Lighthouse on the South side
- You’ll have to take a ferry from Kettering to get to the island. It costs $33 AUS and $38 AUS in peak season
STAGE 7 (75 km)
- Start – finish point: Bruny Island – Hobart
- Must see: Salamanca Place and Market, MONA, Mount Wellington
Where to party:
- Hobart: Rektango (Fridays from 5:30pm to 7:30) a music festival that changes every week
*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.
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