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Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast
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Stage 1: 577 kmStage 2: 408 kmStage 3: 448 km

Coast to Coast

This drive combines the best of all our itineraries in a touring holiday you'll never forget. For those starting in Devonport or Launceston, pick up the route at your current location and simply complete the circuit.

Start: Hobart

Duration: 14-21 days

Print: Coast to Coast [PDF 675KB]

National parks:

Hobart - Port Arthur

  • From Hobart, drive to Richmond with its village atmosphere, heritage buildings, antique shops, art and craft galleries, restaurants and tea rooms.
  • Richmond is the perfect place to learn about Tasmania's rich heritage and is home to Australia's oldest bridge and Australia's oldest gaol.
  • Close by are the vineyards and wineries of the Coal River Valley, part of the Southern Tasmanian Wine Region.
  • Return to Sorell then on to Port Arthur.
  • On the way, stop at the Colonial and Convict Exhibition in Copping, with its extensive collection of convict artifacts.
  • Continue to Eaglehawk Neck and the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula including Port Arthur Historic Site.
  • At Eaglehawk Neck, stop at the lookout over Pirates Bay - a magnificent beach bounded by dramatic coastline.
  • Once down on the neck itself, walk the 'dog line' near the Officers' Quarters, restored as a museum interpreting the history and life at Eaglehawk Neck.
  • A short drive south are the impressive coastal rock formations of the Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch, the Blowhole and Remarkable Cave.
  • From here, walk to Crescent Bay, a secluded curve of striking beauty backed by huge sand dunes.

Day 2

  • Allow a day to explore the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most intact and evocative convict site with more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877.
  • Afterwards, if there's time, drive to the convict ruins at Probation Station and the World Heritage listed Convict Salt Mines at Saltwater River.
  • In the evening take a ghost tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site and experience the site by night. Port Arthur will seem a very different place after sunset.

Port Arthur - Orford

  • Depart Port Arthur for Orford with its picturesque beaches and popular campsite at Raspins Beach.
  • At Orford there are several walks including the Convict Trail along the Prosser River, the coastal walk along the cliff tops between East Shelly Beach and Spring Beach, and the scenic Thumbs Lookout in the nearby Wielangta Forest with a spectacular view of the region.
  • Continue on to the visitor centre in Triabunna and buy a ticket for the 30-minute passenger ferry ride to Maria Island National Park where native animals roam free in this wildlife haven.
  • On Maria Island, visit the remains of the Darlington convict settlement dating back to 1825 and wander among the ruins of the mess room, miller's cottage, barn, hop kiln, chapel, prison cells and religious instructor's house.
  • Take a short walk to view the spectacular Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs.
  • Return to mainland Tasmania by ferry.

Orford - Coles Bay

  • Drive north from Orford towards the Freycinet Peninsula, one of Australia's best stretches of coastal scenery and enjoy stunning views across the long curve of Great Oyster Bay, encompassing Maria Island and the rugged Freycinet Peninsula.
  • Before Swansea, look out for the convict-built Spikey Bridge (1841), known for its unusual construction.
  • Stop at Kate's Berry Farm, just before Swansea  and sample strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and youngberries, not to mention truly great ice-cream.
  • Stop at the seaside town of Swansea, an ideal place for lunch is the bakery at the the Bark Mill and Tavern - Australia's only restored black wattle bark mill.
  • On from Swansea, sample award-winning cool-climate wines at the cellar doors of Spring Vale, Freycinet, Milton, Apsley Gorge, Coombend and more.
  • Take the well-signed turn-off to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park - a spectacular coastal region.
  • Stop for lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm, 10 minutes before Coles Bay and enjoy a casual seafood lunch with shellfish, including abalone, straight from the water.
  • At Freycinet National Park (park fees apply), walk to a choice of magnificent locations.
  • Climb the trail to Wineglass Bay Lookout, for a view of one of the world's most photographed beaches or climb over the top of the Hazards (mountains) to Hazards Beach itself.
  • Great drives in the vicinity of the national park include Sleepy Bay on the eastern side of the Peninsula, Cape Tourville Lighthouse (breathtaking view), Bluestone Bay (4WD only) and Friendly Beaches (always beautiful).
  • Take a scenic flight.
  • Enjoy the unspoiled coastline in a kayak; take a four-day guided walk; explore the coastline by all-terrain vehicle or head out to sea on a sea cruise.
  • Or relax on the deck of Freycinet Lodge and enjoy the great food and wine of the region.
  • Alternatively overnight at nearby Swanick or Bicheno.

Coles Bay – St Helens

  • Back on the main highway, drive north to Bicheno and explore the Gulch and the Blowhole or take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat for a dolphin's eye view of protected marine life.
  • Visit East Coast Natureworld, a great place to see Tasmanian devils, wombats, snakes, and birdlife -  just north of Bicheno (8km).
  • Also just out of Bicheno is the Douglas Apsley National Park – a great place to stop in summer for a refreshing dip in the Apsley River Waterhole or a walk in the national park all year round.
  • Continue along the coast to the beachside township of Scamander and take a break with a walk on pristine white sand before reaching St Helens, a pretty fishing village on the shores of Georges Bay inlet and a base for serious game fishing. Charters are available. Family fishing is also popular in the sheltered estuaries, bays and rivers, and boats are available for hire.

St Helens - Derby

  • Find out about the region's tin mining history and Aboriginal and Chinese heritage at the St Helens History Room.
  • Just north of St Helens, take the short (12 km) detour to Binalong Bay and Humbug Point Reserve with its exceptional views, walks, white beaches, swimming, fishing, diving and estuarine bird watching.
  • Take time to explore the famous Bay of Fires Conservation Area, stretching from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point in the north with its brilliant white beaches, emerald coloured waters, lagoons, wildflowers and lichen-covered granite rocks.
  • Continue on to the settlement of Pyengana and the Pyengana Cheese Factory, well known for its full-flavoured clothbound cheddar - produced continuously since 1895.
  • After lunch, continue on to St Columba Falls State Reserve and the magnificent 90 metre St Columba Falls - one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks. The reserve also bears evidence of the region's tin mining legacy. On Australia Hill explore the remains of boilers and jockey wheels and explore the ruins of what was once a mountain mining village.
  • About 10 minutes before Weldborough, turn-off to the Blue Tier Nature Recreational Area and a range of walks from 15 minutes to five hours duration.
  • The Big Tree Walk (one hour return or 90 minutes loop walk) passes through a stunning sassafras and fern glade, descending through huge eucalypts, musk, myrtle, mosses and ferns to the Blue Tier Giant tree with its massive 19.4-metre girth.
  • Continue to Weldborough and the Weldborough Pass Scenic Reserve and an enchanting 10 minute rainforest walk with tall myrtles.
  • From Weldborough continue to Derby, but before Derby, enjoy a side trip via Herrick and Gladstone to Mt William National Park with its stunning coastline and brightly coloured rock formations and lots of wildlife including wallabies, wombats and Forester kangaroos.
  • Also worth a visit is Eddystone Point Lighthouse (circa 1889) at the southern end of the national park. The three houses at the lighthouse station are the oldest surviving lighthouse keepers' quarters in Tasmania.
  • Back on track and on to Derby, once a thriving mining town, where you can learn about the area's tin mining history at the Schoolhouse Museum.

Derby - Scottsdale - Bridport

  • On the way from Derby to Scottsdale, stop at Branxholm and the Red Bridge - a celebration of the significant Chinese mining heritage of the area.
  • Just past Branxholm, turn off to Ringarooma and follow the signs to the impressive Ralphs Falls in the Mt Victoria Forest Reserve.
  • Back on the main road, drive on to Scottsdale and nearby Bridestowe Lavender Farm - the largest commercial lavender farm in the southern hemisphere - for coffee or lunch in Bridestowe's café, then take a tour to see how lavender is harvested and processed for its fragrant oils (December and January).
  • Back in Scottsdale, discover the history of the region's forest heritage at the contemporary Forest Eco Centre.
  • On from Scottsdale is the coastal village of Bridport – a picturesque town and a favourite for salt water fishing. Equipment can be hired in town.

Bridport – Launceston

  • In Bridport, choose one of several coastal walks - the Wildflower Reserve is particularly pleasant and is spectacular in spring with views out over Anderson Bay .
  • Take a pleasant 1 km foreshore walk from the centre of Bridport along a series of small beaches to the popular Old Pier swimming beach.
  • East of Bridport is Barnbougle Dunes, an 18-hole championship links course and Australia's No 1 public course. Barnbougle Dunes also has a club house with dining and bar facilities and accommodation.
  • Next door, Lost Farm is an alternate 20-hole golf course option that complements Barnbougle and has luxury accommodation, restaurant and spa.
  • From Bridport, drive 50 minutes (56 km) to George Town, Australia's third-oldest town, settled in 1804.
  • On the edge of town, visit the Information Centre where you can book tours and accommodation to suit your needs.
  • Well known as being one of the first Australian settlements, George Town is home to the Old Gaol, Model Village and the Watch House, an historic old gaol site that features a range of display's conveying the regions rich history.
  • Experience a replica of the  Norfolk at the Bass & Flinders Centre and discover the stories of this famous vessel.
  • In George Town, take a self-guided tour along the George Town Heritage Trail for the historical sites and buildings found here and at nearby Low Head. Of particular note is The Grove, a splendid Georgian home dated around 1830.
  • Just five minutes north of George Town is Low Head, where you'll find Australia's oldest continuously operated pilot station (circa1805), a maritime museum and Low Head Lighthouse (1888). If visiting on a Sunday, be at the lighthouse at noon to hear the Low Head Fog Horn, Australia's only regularly sounding fog horn and audible over 30 km away.
  • Enjoy a Tasmanian scallop pie at the cafe while overlooking the beautiful waters at the pier.
  • Back through George Town and south towards Launceston, make a stop at Mount George Lookout, an historic semaphore site with a great view of the valley and surrounding districts.

Day 2: Launceston

  • Spend a day in Launceston or take a 10-minute drive along the West Tamar Highway out of Launceston to the Tamar Islands Wetlands Centre. Stroll along the boardwalk to picturesque Tamar Island and spot the birdlife along the way.
  • Visit Chancellor Resort Grindelwald (day visitors welcome), just north of Legana. Grindelwald has a Swiss-style shopping square with nine specialty shops offering Swiss chocolates, bakery items, crafts, souvenirs and more.
  • Back on the road, look out for signs indicating the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Between Legana and Beauty Point are several small, family-owned vineyards where the growers will often greet you and explain how they make their wine.
  • Before Beauty Point, turn left (Frankford Main Road) off the highway at Exeter and visit the enchanting Notley Fern Gorge, a 10-hectare sanctuary for wildlife that includes a relatively easy one-hour walk through dense rainforest.
  • A few minutes farther along Frankford Main Road is Glengarry Bush Maze and Tearooms with its beautiful natural setting, unique hedge maze and puzzles and fun activities for children.
  • Continue on to Beaconsfield with its rich mining history. The Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum shows the workings of the old mine, recalling the boom days of gold mining.
  • Five minutes further north is Beauty Point, where families in particular will enjoy visiting the award winning Seahorse World and the Platypus House next door - the only place in Australia where visitors can watch Tasmanian platypuses up close.

Launceston – Deloraine

  • Visit the historic towns of Carrick, Hadspen and Hagley, all west of Launceston.
  • At Hadspen, wander through Entally House, one of Tasmania's oldest National Trust properties.
  • Drive on to Westbury, renowned for its English country character and wonderful colonial architecture.
  • Opposite the 'White House' in Westbury is the town's original village green, complete with maypole and stocks.
  • The legacy of Westbury's 19th century rural and town settlement is also evident in an extensive array of vintage machinery at Pern's Steam World and the Vintage Tractor Museum.
  • Near Westbury is Liffey Falls, a series of picturesque waterfalls in a beautiful rainforest setting with easy walking tracks and good picnic facilities.
  • From Liffey Falls, travel on to Deloraine, a classified historic town on the pretty Meander River in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers. Deloraine is well known for its classic Tasmanian crafts, artwork and quality designs in fabric, glass, stoneware and jewellery, all available at local galleries.
  • Look out for the sculpture that marks the start of the Sculpture Trail with15 unique artworks in Deloraine, Mole Creek and the surrounding areas.
  • As an afternoon treat, sample raspberries and cheeses at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese on the main highway via Elizabeth Town.
  • There are various accommodation options in Deloraine, Westbury, Mole Creek and the surrounding areas and a number of restaurants, cafés and hotels.

Deloraine - Devonport

  • From Deloraine, head towards Mole Creek and on the way drop into the Honey Farm in Chudleigh (closed Saturdays) and taste some of its 50 delicious honey varieties.
  • Stop at the Alum Cliffs State Reserve between Chudleigh and Mole Creek, where you can take a quiet country stroll to a forest lookout perched high above the Mersey River.
  • Explore the Mole Creek Caves in the Mole Creek Karst National Park. Marakoopa and King Solomons caves both contain age-old formations and a visit to one or both is a must.
  • Marakoopa Cave is an extensive lime wet-stone cave featuring underground streams, glow worms, a rim pool and stone formations while King Solomons Cave is a dry cave featuring spectacular shawls, stalactites and stalagmites. Guided tours of the caves take about 45 minutes each.
  • Above ground, take another beautiful short walk to Devils Gullet. Even the 14 km drive along the Marakoopa Caves, Mole Creek Karst National Park unsealed road to the start of the walk is picturesque with stunning views over cliffs to the Fisher River valley.
  • From the lookout at the end of the walk, an amazing 180-degree panorama spreads out before you, extending all the way to the famous peaks of the Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park. The walk is around 40 minutes return.
  • Depart Mole Creek for Devonport but on the way stop at Sheffield – the town of murals with looming Mt Roland as a backdrop.

Devonport - Stanley

  • Drive to Narawntapu National Park, just east of Devonport where Forester kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons graze unconcerned by your presence.
  • Across the Rubicon estuary from the park is Port Sorell, with its distinctive, attractive beach and laid- back lifestyle where you can join the locals on a relaxed walk along the foreshore after a meal of local food and wine.
  • Wander among the 1,900 trees and shrubs of the Tasmanian Arboretum, a botanical tree park and nature reserve only a few kilometres from Devonport, where you can identify native species, get ideas for your own landscaping, and see first-hand how exotic plants adjust to Tasmanian conditions.
  • Continue to Burnie along the original highway between Devonport and Burnie - a scenic coastal drive that passes through the fascinating small towns of Ulverstone and Penguin. As the name of the latter suggests, evening penguin tours are a great favourite with visitors.

Burnie

  • The Sunday Penguin School Market is popular with people en route to destinations farther west. You may not see a shy little penguin during your visit but you can have your photo taken with the 'Big Penguin' on the foreshore. Penguin also has a great range of café's and dining options if you choose to stay a little longer.
  • The 'Caves and Canyon' detour inland from Ulverstone or Penguin is diverse and rewarding. The road takes you first through Gunns Plains, the idyllic setting for Gunns Plains Caves.
  • In Burnie, visit the Makers Workshop where you can meet the makers - all sorts of makers. You'll find paper making, cheese making, whisky making, ceramics, textiles, glass, print makers, painters, sculptors and lots more. Have a chat about their work or see their objects for sale in the gift shop or for something different, join a class and learn how to make paper out of apple pulp, lavender, rainforest leaves or wombat droppings.
  • Burnie also has its very own whisky distillery, regional art gallery, Little Penguin observation centre and free guided penguin tours by local volunteers around sunset from September to March.
  • Farther inland reveals the spectacular Leven Canyon and Black Bluff, with walking tracks.
  • Back in Burnie, look for platypus on the town's doorstep at Fern Glade, the habitat of several platypus families that are readily seen on most days; early mornings and evenings are the best.
  • Farther west is Wynyard, famous for its Bloomin' Tulips festival celebrating the October flowering of the tulips that are grown commercially in the area.

Wynyard

  • Wynyard's defining landmark is the massive Table Cape, a cliff top patchwork of rich soils and colourful crops high above Bass Strait.
  • Wander along the Inglis River or search for fossils at Fossil Bluff.
  • Check out some of Wynyard's markets – the Foreshore, Railway Hall, and Farmers Market (check council website for dates).
  • Also in Wynyard is the Wonders of Wynyard Gallery and Veteran Car Display including the equal oldest (1903) Ford vehicle in the world on public display.
  • Nearby Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach are picture-postcard locations and popular local swimming, boating and fishing spots, the latter providing access to Rocky Cape National Park where you can take great walks to view Aboriginal sites, caves, unique flora and the unusual geology of the area.
  • It's a short drive on to Stanley.

Stanley

  • Stanley is an historic fishing village dominated by an unusual landform known as the 'Nut'.
  • Relive the past with a guided walking tour of Stanley or visit Highfield House Historic Site, the imposing former residence of the General Manager of the Van Diemens Land Company built around 1830.
  • Take a short cruise to a local Australian fur seal colony, visit platypuses at twilight by four wheel drive or take an evening tour to little penguin and short-tailed shearwater rookeries.
  • Tarkine Forest Adventures, west of Stanley, is a natural Blackwood forest sinkhole, believed to be the only one in the world. The 40-metre deep sinkhole is a unique forest habitat supporting a range of plant and animal species. Take an exhilarating slide or walk down to the forest floor or relax in the interpretive centre and dine on local produce.
  • The coast farther west near the settlement of Arthur River is known as the 'Edge of the World' because from here the open ocean extends 40 000 km all the way to Argentina.
  • On the Arthur River itself, rainforest reflections rival those of the famed Gordon River and on a cruise you are almost certain to catch sight of sea eagles soaring overhead.
  • If you're feeling adventurous, hire a canoe or rowing boat and drift quietly along the river keeping an eye out for platypuses and other wildlife.
  • On your way back to Stanley, consider a drive through the Tarkine via Julius River, Milkshakes Hills reserve and Lake Chisolm.

Stanley - Cradle Mountain

  • Return to Wynyard then turn off to Cradle Mountain for the quicker route, or return via the coast to Ulverstone and then head inland to Cradle Mountain. Although there's no township in Cradle Valley, the area has a range of accommodation options.
  • Explore one or more of Cradle Mountain's many magical walks or take a trail ride or four-wheel-drive motorcycle tour just outside the park boundaries.
  • Walk the Dove Lake Circuit in the World Heritage Area. The 6 km boardwalk surrounding the lake is one of the gentler ways to explore Cradle Mountain (though no less exciting), offering views of the Ballroom Forest and some adorable chance encounters with the local fauna.
  • Take a break at Quoll's Restaurant at Cradle Mountain Hotel – part of the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.
  • Take a feeding tour at the Devils@Cradle sanctuary and experience a rare, up-close encounter with the world's largest carnivorous marsupial.
  • Relax indoors at The Wilderness Gallery. The gallery exhibits the natural world as seen through the lenses of renowned local and international photographers. Hundreds of works are displayed in ten interconnected galleries overlooking an enclosed garden of alpine rocks and native plants. 
  • Alternatively book a spa and gaze out over mountain streams, buttongrass fields and King Billy pine forests.
  • Book in for an all-Tasmanian dinner at Hellyers Restaurant in the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, perched at the edge of the World Heritage-listed national park.

Cradle Mountain - Strahan

  • After experiencing Cradle Mountain, make your next stop Tullah, a town with a early history of mining and hydro development that now caters for visitors. Here you can chug through the forest at Tullah along a 1.8-kilometre track in an old mining tramcar named the Wee Georgie Wood (check opening hours).
  • Stop for refreshments at Tullah Lakeside Lodge or maybe a bit of fishing on Lake Rosebery.
  • The town of Rosebery, a short drive farther southwest, is a working mine township proud of its environmental management. Tour the mine's surface infrastructure and see a 10,000-year-old Huon Pine located on the mining lease.
  • Nearby, walk to Tasmania's tallest waterfall, Montezuma Falls (three hours return).
  • Continue on to Zeehan, once Tasmania's third-largest town with gold and silver mines, numerous hotels and more than 10,000 residents. Now it's at the centre of the west coast's mining heritage with the West Coast Heritage Centre.
  • Walk, ride or drive through the Spray Tunnel, a 100-metre-long train tunnel that miners once used to transport ore from the now abandoned Spray Silver Mine.
  • Check out the Grand Hotel and Gaiety Theatre, beautifully restored and still entertaining local and visitors.
  • Overnight Zeehan or continue on to Strahan.

Day 2: Strahan

  • In Strahan, take a cruise up the dark and still Gordon River into the Wild Rivers National Park.
  • Step back in time on Sarah Island, the infamous penal settlement that was once the colony's largest ship-building centre and Tasmania's most brutal prison.
  • Enjoy a fishing excursion on the harbour or a scenic float-plane trip up the Gordon.
  • Take a leisurely stroll around the foreshore walking track. At the visitor centre, watch a performance of The Ship That Never Was – the longest running theatre show in Australia, telling the story of convicts who stole a small boat and sailed it halfway around the world.

Queenstown

  • From Strahan, drive to Queenstown where the starkly beautiful, barren hills that encircle Queenstown and the verandas that line its main street give the town a wild west atmosphere. The smelting and mining practices of the early 1900s that caused the deforestation of the slopes ceased long ago and nature is slowly recolonising the slopes.
  • Take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway along river gorges, across bridges and over 35 km of mountain ranges on a unique Abt rail system.
  • Talk to the local tour guides, tour the Mt Jukes Rd to Bird River, or descend 1.5 km underground and explore more than 7 km of drives and workings of the Mt Lyell copper mine.
  • Tasmania's west coast produces world-class furniture and craft timber – the famed Huon pine, sassafras, blackwood and myrtle – most of which can be viewed and purchased at sawmills in Queenstown and Strahan or select beautifully crafted finished products from local outlets.
  • The Galley Museum displays a photographic collection, Minerals Collection and Local Memorabilia. The museum is housed in the original Imperial Hotel, built in 1897. The building operated as one of Queenstown's leading hotels for twenty years and was also once used as a hospital as well as a Single Men's Quarters for the Mt Lyell Mine.
  • Check out the historic Empire Hotel featuring a beautiful National Trust-listed staircase carved from locally cut blackwood, made in England and returned to Queenstown for assembly in 1904.
  • Overnight Strahan or Queenstown

Strahan - Lake St Clair

  • Depart Queenstown or Strahan via Lake Burbury, then cross 60 km of the World Heritage Wilderness Area through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on the way to Lake St Clair.
  • Around 50 km from Queenstown, heading towards Hobart on the right side of the highway look out for a sign to Donaghys Lookout. The 40-minute return walk from the Lyell Highway climbs a small hill at an easy grade to a sheltered, rocky viewpoint with stunning views of the mountain ranges of Tasmania's  Western Wilderness.
  • Another 9 km further on along the highway is the Franklin River Nature Trail. This short, easy walk along the banks of the Franklin through cool temperate rainforest is a great example of the beauty that lies within the heart of Tasmania's wilderness.
  • Drive on to Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest natural freshwater lake, stretching more than 17 km into the heart of the World Heritage Area.
  • Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of the famous Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. 
  • Take a cruise on the lake or take one of several short walks around the lake – or cruise up the lake one-way and walk back through pristine wilderness.
  • Local wildlife abounds.

Lake St Clair - New Norfolk

  • Depart for the classified historic township of Hamilton, with its many Georgian buildings still intact and in use today as accommodation, craft galleries or restaurants.
  • At Hamilton, visit the luxuriant garden at the National Heritage-listed Prospect Villa with its mixture of English and Italianate styles protected by 170-year-old stone walls and clipped hedges.
  • Drive a half-hour north from Hamilton to the classified historic town of Bothwell, settled in the 1820s and still retaining its early 1800s ambience with wide streets and 53 classified by the National Trust buildings, most built by convicts, .
  • Play a round of golf at Australia's oldest golf course, Ratho. The Australasian Museum of Golf at Ratho is a significant private collection of golf memorabilia reputed be the most interesting outside of St Andrews in Scotland.
  • Back to Hamilton and continue on south to New Norfolk, a small town picturesquely situated on the banks of the Derwent River with its historic buildings.
  • Wander along the banks of the Derwent River and around the town's historic centre, Arthur Square, on a self-guided walking tour of some of Australia's oldest hotels and churches.
  • Climb Pulpit Rock for a breathtaking panorama of the town.
  • Don't miss the Salmon Ponds at nearby Plenty, where the first brown trout in Australia were hatched after surviving the sea journey from Great Britain in 1864. The hatchery still contains trout and salmon in six large display ponds set in beautiful grounds amongst century-old trees and has an interesting Museum of Trout Fishing.

Day 2: New Norfolk

  • From New Norfolk, drive through the tiny hamlets of Bushy Park, Plenty and Westerway to Mt Field National Park and beyond to rugged Maydena and the Styx Valley of the South West. Decide how far west you want to go, according to your interests and available time.
  • Mt Field National Park is one of the State's oldest and best-loved national parks with easy access to some of Tasmania's natural beauty. The Tyenna River en route to Mt Field is home to trophy-sized trout.
  • At Mt Field, take a short walk through the ferns and rainforest to the bountiful Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls or take the Tall Trees Walk and be awed by some of the forest giants.
  • If time permits, drive up the mountain to Lake Dobson and the striking Pandani Grove Walk with its exotic, prehistoric looking vegetation - a unique Tasmanian experience.
  • Alternatively, drive past Mt Field to Maydena and the Styx Valley where you'll find the tallest hardwood trees in the world, found in a tiny reserve – the Big Tree Reserve – in the Styx Valley nearby.
  • Before you leave, take in the unforgettable scenery of Lake Pedder and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
  • Return to Hobart via New Norfolk. The road from New Norfolk to Hobart follows the beautiful Derwent River and on the way look out for the distinctive architecture of the old Oast houses, once used for storage and processing of hops, a staple ingredient in beer and a major export of the area.
Leg Time / Distance
Hobart to Port Arthur 1 hr 10 min / 95 km
Port Arthur to Orford 1 hr 31 min / 121 km
Orford to Coles Bay 1 hr 30 min / 115 km
Coles Bay to St Helens 1 hr 31 min / 114 km
St Helens to Derby 1 hr 03 min / 66 km
Derby to Bridport 49 min / 54 km
Bridport to Launceston 1 hr 10 min / 78 km
Launceston to Deloraine 36 min / 51 km
Deloraine to Devonport 39 min / 51 km
Devonport to Stanley 1 hr 33 min / 125 km
Stanley to Cradle Mountain 2 hr 34 min / 181 km
Cradle Mountain to Strahan 2 hr 11 min / 147 km
Strahan to Lake St Clair  (Derwent Bridge) 1 hr 34 min / 126 km
Lake St Clair to New Norfolk 1 hr 56 min / 140 km
New Norfolk to Hobart 32 min / 35 km