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.
Duration: 14-21 days
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- 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 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.
- 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.