Circle Tasmania Self Drive

Take to the open roads of the beautiful island state and explore all the best on offer.

The best way to experience beautiful Tasmania is on a self-drive holiday.  Driving journeys on this compact island offer the freedom to find things that you need for the perfect holiday  – natural wonders, inspiration, friendly locals, great food and drinks.

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Arrive Hobart

Your private transfer will meet you upon arrival at Hobart Airport, you will be transferred into the Hobart waterfront and your home for the next 2 nights the MACq 01 Hotel.

In the afternoon join a one hour Historic Cruise up the Derwent River to see the city’s landmarks including the Botanical Gardens, the Tasman Bridge and Government House.

Dinner is at the hotels Old Wharf Restaurant, known for its menu of locally sourced produce and waterfront views.

Overnight MACq01 with breakfast.

Mona

After breakfast make the leisurely walk to Brooke Street pier and board the Mona ferry. Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) is Australia’s largest privately owned museum. The cavernous galleries are filled with controversial, thought-provoking works, and information and interviews with the artists is available via a free ipod touch for all visitors. Enjoy lunch in the Moorilla Wine Bar.

Spend the afternoon exploring the streets of Hobart. Stop for a tipple at Lark Distillery, known for its single malt whisky.

Dine tonight at Peacock and Jones, enjoy fine wine and Tasmanian produce.

Overnight MACq01 with breakfast.

Strahan and Lake St Claire

After a leisurely breakfast check out of the hotel and meet a representative from Avis who will have your rental car. Head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt Field National Park, walk through enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees to the stunning Russell Falls. Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the drive to the iconic Lake St Claire, enjoy lunch at Lake St Claire Lodge. Continue through to Strahan & check in to your hotel. In the early evening enjoy a visit to the Richard Davey Amphitheatre where history is brought to life in the highly-acclaimed play ‘The Ship That Never Was’. Afterwards, dine at your hotel’s restaurant or at one of a selection of nearby establishments.

Overnight Strahan Village with breakfast

Gordan River and Cradle Mountain

After breakfast make your way to the main wharf as today we cruise an exquisite stretch of the Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park aboard Spirit of the Wild. Enjoy the splendour view from the vessel’s Premier Upper Deck, our personal guide shares their knowledge and passion for the world-famous region while we enjoy a lunch of local delicacies, accompanied by Tasmanian wines and beers.

After the cruise continue by car through the mining towns of Rosebury and Tullah to Cradle Mountain.

Dinner in Highland Restaurant

Overnight Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge with breakfast

Cradle Mountain

After breakfast enjoy one of the many walks offered from the lodge. Walks are suitable for a wide range of fitness levels and weather conditions.

In the afternoon make your way to Launceston, driving through farmland and the historic towns of Longford and Deloraine. Stop at Chudleigh Honey Farm and the Marakoopa Caves.

Overnight Hotel Verge with breakfast

Launceston

After breakfast make your way to Cataract Gorge. Hop on the Gorge Scenic Chairlift for magnificent views of the area, sit back & relax as you dangle above the basin, on your return walk the suspension bridge. Return to Launceston and explore The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and have lunch at one of the many cafes.

In the afternoon make your way to Coles Bay, stopping at Mt Elephant Pancakes on the Elephant Pass for afternoon tea.

Overnight Saffire Freycinet

Pre-dinner drinks and evening canapés are served in The Lounge. Then move to Palate for their famous degustation dining.

Freycinet

After breakfast make you way to the foyer to meet your boat captain

Enjoy close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on your way to Schouten Island aboard Saffire’s purpose-built vessel, Saffire. The adventure also includes a visit to culturally significant sites of past and present inhabitants, including the Australian fur seal. Morning tea is included and prepared by the team of chefs at Saffire. Return back to Saffire for lunch.

In the afternoon meet your guide in the foyer for a visit to a working oyster farm. Learn all about the wetlands and marine ecology, plus taste the prized oysters.

Pre-dinner drinks and evening canapes are served in The Lounge, dinner is served at Palate

Overnight Saffire Freycinet

Hobart

After breakfast depart Freycinet for Hobart, stopping on the way at one of the local wineries or berry farms near Swansea. Visit the historic village of Richmond, known for its beautifully restored Georgian buildings and the Richmond Bridge, built by convicts in the 1820’s, Australia’s oldest bridge. Enjoy lunch at one of the many local cafes or traditional bakery. Continue on to Hobart where your journey concludes.

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