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Do you have one week to discover Tasmania, and you’re overwhelmed with where to start or how to fit everything in? 

The experts at First Light Travel are here to help you plan the ultimate 7 day Tasmania self-drive itinerary - you really can pack as much, or as little, as you like into your dream week-long holiday.

Ready to plan like a pro? Let’s get started.

Where do I begin? 

The most popular way to get to Tasmania is by air, where you can fly into the state capital of Hobart, or the northern city of Launceston. From either city we can help you plan a 7 day loop itinerary, or you can take your time and do a one-way trip starting and ending at different ends of the island.  

I want to see as much as possible in a one week itinerary, but at a comfortable pace. 

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Great -  we’ve got you. A one-way self-drive itinerary ensures you will have the perfect mix of seeing the sights, whilst not having to drive every day – more time for either relaxation or activities.

Our Taste of Tasmania Self Drive Itinerary could be just the inspiration you need to book a week off work and get exploring.  

Start location: Launceston 

End location: Hobart 

Where will you go? Launceston > Cradle Mountain National Park > Bicheno > Freycinet National Park > Port Arthur > Hobart 

What’s great about this itinerary? 

You get to see so much of the Apple Isle in only 7 nights and 8 days! You will visit: 

  • Charm-filled Launceston, a riverside town with Colonial and Victorian heritage buildings in abundance. 
  • Cradle Mountain National Park by luxury coach on the most amazing day trip. You will have around 5 hours to enjoy the iconic scenery, with ample time for walking and exploring, plus lunch and a trip to a cheese factory included! 
  • Seaside Bicheno is the perfect place for relaxing foreshore walks, beachcombing and fishing. The guided twilight tour is a fantastic chance to see the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat. 
  • Experience the tranquility of Freycinet National Park on a cruise, with a delicious scenic lunch stop at Wineglass Bay. 
  • The Port Arthur Historic Site is a special place of vivid history. Take a Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system with Port Arthur's expert guides. 
  • The state capital of Hobart, a harbour town with fantastic architecture, a thriving bar and restaurant scene and heritage charm. 
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Tweak this itinerary... 

For foodies: Add on an extra night’s stay for a day trip to Bruny Island, or head straight there on Day 7 from Port Arthur (2 hours drive time Port Arthur to Kettering ferry terminal). Bruny Island is perfect for lovers of cheese, wine, chocolate fudge, fresh berries, oysters, salmon, beer and whisky... heaven! 

For nature and beach lovers: Take the long way from Launceston to Freycinet by detouring to the Bay of Fires – a slice of coastal heaven famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders. 

For art enthusiasts and culture buffs: Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art is located just up the river from Hobart, you can drive there but we highly recommend taking the ferry from downtown. Mona's subterranean architecture showcases the highlights of David Walsh’s $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program. 

Treat yourself to luxury accommodation: After a few days on the road, spend some extra money on a nice hotel or luxury lodge for at least one night: somewhere you can soak in a hot bath and sink into a heavenly mattress for the best night's sleep you ever had. 

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Tasmania is an island after all... I want to go sailing! 

We don’t blame you! Our spectacular 7 day Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk Tasmania Trip takes in the beautiful beaches, peninsulas and island trails found in national parks along the east coast of Tasmania. Experience the wonders of Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. 

Accommodation during the walk is on board Lady Eugenie, a 23-metre (75-ft) luxury classic ketch. Superb 3-course dinners are served either aboard Lady Eugenie or in the relaxed surrounds of a barefoot beach dinner under the stars. Before and after the walk explore the delights of Hobart, Tasmania's capital city. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. 

Start location: Hobart  

End location: Hobart 

Where will you go? Hobart > Maria Island > Schouten Island > Freycinet National Park > Southwest National Park > Hobart 

What’s great about this itinerary? 

Wow where to start!

  • There’s no need for a rental car, so you can really sit back and relax knowing there’s no driving to be done.  
  • You won't be short of delicious dining options: Hobart has fast become one of Australia's top gourmet hotspots, thanks to its amazing local produce.  
  • After a comfortable night’s sleep in Hobart, your Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk itinerary begins. You will be whisked away to the town of Orford where you will board your home for the next three nights – the Lady Eugenie, a luxury classic ketch. Set sail across to Maria Island where summiting Bishop & Clerk delivers views out to the Freycinet Peninsula, your sailing path ahead. Between island hopping, Lady Eugenie is your floating home for saloon dinners and alfresco brekkies. Sand between your toes, wind in the sails and four days of walking bliss. Hop aboard.  

Once back in Hobart after your sailing and walking tour, enjoy the Southwest Wilderness Experience – an epic day trip to Tasmania’s untouched southwest, which includes two scenic flights, Bathurst Harbour cruise, a walking tour and gourmet lunch with delicious Tasmanian produce.

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I want to travel around Tasmania in the lap of luxury. 

If you’re after a boutique luxury experience, the experts at First Light Travel HQ have already dreamt up the perfect 8 day Tasmania itinerary for you. When it comes to world-class experiences and luxury lodgings, tiny Tasmania spectacularly delivers. The alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, pristine beaches of Freycinet and the heritage towns of Launceston and Hobart will charm you beyond your expectations. If your wish list is long but time is short, this Luxury 8 Day Tasmania Self Drive adventure is your perfect fit. 

With 24/7 support from the First Light Travel Team, your every wish will be taken care of during your stay. Read on for the ultimate week away.

Start location: Launceston 

End location: Hobart 

Where will you go? Launceston > Cradle Mountain National Park > Freycinet National Park > Hobart 

What’s great about this itinerary? 

The slower pace of this Tasmania self-drive itinerary will give you more time at each destination to really relax and soak up the scenery. Bliss.

Unwind in comfort at outstanding luxury lodges and boutique hotels, hand-picked for their stunning scenery, with exclusive access to the following: 

  • Set on 150 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Quamby Estate offers a 9-hole golf course, a tennis court and several lakes and hiking trails. 
  • Housed in a rejuvenated hydroelectric station, Pumphouse Point in Cradle Mountain National Park offers luxury accommodation right on the shore of Lake St Clair ... and in the lake itself. The Pumphouse building sits over the lake, 250 metres from the shore, connected to the mainland by a long walkway. Utterly unique. 
  • Saffire Freycinet is Tasmania’s premier luxury lodge, providing an authentic and immersive connection to the magnificent Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. 
  • Perched in the exclusive enclave of South Hobart, Islington Hotel is a very special, boutique hotel with delightful gardens, boasting stunning views of Mount Wellington. Formerly a Stately Home, its classy blend of heritage and contemporary is guaranteed to please. 

By the end of your 8 days in Tasmania you will have experienced breathtaking nature, five-star comfort, and the cultural hubs of Hobart and Launceston. With opportunities to add on activities such as a Tamar Valley winery tour, fishing and hiking in the world-famous Cradle Mountain National Park, taking in the stunning sights of Freycinet National Park on foot or by kayak, and either a trip to the unique Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) or Bruny Island during your stay in Hobart, you will never be at a loss for things to do.  

The sublime tranquility of this very special island is addictive: by the time your self-drive holiday ends, you'll already be planning your next visit. Ready to find out more? Talk to one of our friendly specialists about this holiday. We guarantee you it will be the experience of a lifetime.

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Tweak this itinerary... 

Luxury for less: if these lavish five-star lodges are out of your price range, you can travel the same route and stay at slightly less expensive accommodations: you can still enjoy wine touring, fishing, kayaking, museums, galleries and outstanding walks without breaking the bank! Get in touch with our Travel Specialists with your budget, and they'll give you some suggestions. 

 So there you have it! Let us know which week-long self-drive Tasmania itinerary inspired you the most, and we can get started on planning your ultimate adventure. 

At First Light Travel we specialise in customised self-drive holidays, and we are the experts at producing boutique itineraries. 

Whether you have 7 days, 10 days or even 14 days, Get in Touch and we can make your dream Tasmania holiday a reality.

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Kelly Hughes
: 1 Sep 2020 (Last updated: 1 Sep 2020)

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