Coast to Coast
This route combines the best of all our touring routes 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.
Duration: 14-21 days
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National Parks on this route:
- Tasman National Park
- Maria Island National Park
- Freycinet National Park
- Mole Creek Karst National Park
- Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park
- Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
- Mt Field National Park
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 a perfect place to learn about Tasmania's rich heritage and is home to Australia's oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825, and Australia's oldest gaol, built in 1825.
- 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 interesting convict artifacts.
- Continue to Eaglehawk Neck and the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula including Port Arthur Historic Site. In colonial times, the isthmus that is Eaglehawk Neck was guarded by ferocious dogs intended to ensure no convicts escaped the Port Arthur penal settlement.
- 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. The Officers' Quarters has been restored as a museum interpreting the history and life at Eaglehawk Neck. Built in 1832, it's reputed to be the oldest wooden military building remaining in Australia.
- A short drive south are the impressive coastal rock formations of the Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch, the Blowhole and Remarkable Cave, a cave-like opening that leads out to sea. From here you can walk to Crescent Bay, a secluded curve of striking beauty backed by huge sand dunes.
- Allow a day to explore the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most intact and evocative convict site. The site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. Today, the 30 convict-built structures that make up the site sit in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds, and you need to allow plenty of time to fully experience all it has to offer.
- Afterwards, allow time to 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.