I am made of photography,stories from the road and a good dose of passion. I am Ophélie, French-born traveler always on the go. My travel photography blog is about sharing my travel experiences, tips and my addiction for adventure. To help you explore countries on your own… as an independent and curious traveller.
Tasmania, ever heard about it? It’s this tiny island at the south of Australia where the Tasmanian devil was once the king. Only 3.000 km away from the Antarctic, Tasmania is often called “the little New Zealand”… because it’s so green and authentic. What are the top places to see on a road trip in Tasmania? After a 2 weeks road trip on the cheap across the island, I give you insights into Tasmania’s secrets.
East Coast in Tasmania
3 top places to see in Tasmania from Hobart up to the East coast.
The coastal drive
Tasmania is a place to live away from the civilization for a while. Experiment it on Tasman peninsula on the road trip’s loop. One of the stunning nature spots there is Remarkable Cave. The water impressively rushes into the dark cave’s mouth. Climb down and join the surfers to feel as small as a water drop …
Camp at the beautiful camp spot Fortescue Bay in Tasmania’s pure nature – amazing places off the beaten track.
Book in advance or leave the money in the box at the entrance
Coles Bay and Freycinet national park
Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach
Coles Bay is the gate to Freycinet national park… ‘postcard’ places to see during the road trip. Smooth and delicately shaped landscapes welcome travelers right in front of a placid sea. It’ s one of my favourite places in Tasmania. After that, Freycinet national park is the perfect combination of hiking in mountains and sun bathing on preserved beaches.
Hot travel tips
In Coles Bay: take a break, fill up the car’s tank, find a backpacker’s hostel, have a nice coffee.
To sleep at a cheaper rate and without booking, look at hostels and camp spots before entering Freycinet national park.
At Freycinet park: buy a holiday or a year pass for all national parks in Tasmania. Valid up to 8 weeks
Bay of Fire
Bay of Fire
Bay of Fires area is a vast coastal national park. This touristic top place to go doesn’t belong to my favourite ones in Tasmania. Still, its red rocks contrast nicely with the shades of blue of the water. I enjoyed taking photos there even if without the sun it looks less spectacular. The coastal scenic drive is a thing to do during the road trip and the stop at Binalong Bay is worth it.
In Bicheno not much to do except the Blow Hole. Quite cool to see. If you are a bit in a rush go to Bay of Fire and skip the penguins. Indeed, they come at sunset. You will see plenty of them in the north o Tasmania and on Bruny Island.
Coles Bay to Bicheno 30mn
Bicheno to Bay of Fire 1h40
The West of Tasmania
Wild places - hikes in Tasman mountains
Walls of Jerusalem
National park of Cradle mountain
Glow worms caves (King Salomon, Mole Creek, Marakoopa)
Cradle mountain belongs to THE mythic hiking places to see in Tasmania. The 8 hours long walk to the summit will give a stunning view above Cradle mountain national park. That’s for the hiking lovers. For the others, the scenery is already idyllic enough around Dove Lake. And about Walls of Jerusalem? It’s one of the wildest nature places to see in Tasmania. Walls of Jerusalem hides beautiful views of the island’s alpine lakes. The walks are not easy… and made for well-equipped hikers.
Cradle mountain summit: 6 to 8 hours return
Dove lake, Glacier rock, Boatshed: 2 to 3 hours return
Jerusalem Walls: 800m climb for a 34km return walk – 2 days hiking
Go to the only free camp ground near Cradle. We found there a lake at the bottom of a green valley after a forest road. Amazing spot.
From Bay of Fire to Cradle mountain – 4 to 6h
Don’t forget to stop at the glow worms caves between Walls of Jerusalem and Cradle!
From Launceston to Walls of Jerusalem – 2h40
No route between Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem National park. You have to go from Launceston. Plan 3 to 4 days if you want to visit both cradle Mountain and Jerusalem Walls.
Lake Burbury and lake St Clair
Incredible nature gem of Tasmania right on your way to Lake St-Claire, the Lake Burbury suddenly points its nose behind the highway’s curve. From the top, it’s a dark blue lake. It looks like a glacier. From the bottom, you see a majestic scenery – green little islands interrupting a barely moving water. We saw a clear lake in shades of cooper and dark blue. It’s not mentioned in tourist guides but definitely one of the places to see in Tasmania’s centre. Lake St Clair is in the same style. But there, you could see platypuses if lucky!
From cradle mountain to Burbury – 2h30
From Burbury to St Clair – 2h
King River Gorge
Take the scenic highway drive from Queenstown to Strahan passing by King River Gorge. The railway along King River Gorge is a scenery a la Harry Potter – green, mysterious and magical. In Strahan, take the ferry to Macquarie – a convict historic site in Tasmania, more isolated than Port Arthur.
Train fees: around 120$ AUD
South of Tasmania
Surf and city life
6 cool places to see on Bruny Island
- Walk to the Arch and its deserted dream beach, North Bruny
- Watch the Fairy penguins at the Neck
- At Adventure Bay stop at Tasmania’s most gorgeous beaches, South Bruny
- Go for a cruise to see dolphins, sea lions and the impressive “Breathing rock”
- Camp at a free spot next to Cloudy bay and its beach under the milky way
- Surf (or watch surfers!) at Cloudy Bay, South Bruny island national park
My travel tips
Observe the cute blue penguins after sunset! At the Neck rangers will give you red light pocket lamps.
From Lake St Clair to Bruny – 4h30
City centre and harbor
The last city before the Antarctic – Hobart is a nice little harbor town at the south of Tasmania. It’s an excellent starting point for the road trip across Tasmania… and a good spot for your photo shootings in Tasmania. Mount Wellington, which overlooks Hobart, will be the perfect final step.
Sleep at Narrara backpackers! The best hostel I’ve stayed in Australia. Mo the owner is super friendly and on top of that his hostel is the cheapest, the cleanest and the nicest one in Hobart! It’s a real home away from home
From Bruny to Hobart – 2h
My special travel gift for your road trip
What do you like most on a road trip?
For me, it’s being in a van with a nice travelmate, looking at amazing landscapes through the window… and listening to chill music!
Here is my quick selection of chill, romantic songs to listen in your van… and with your favourite travel mate. Embark for a chill moment on the road. Because a road trip is about adventure, emotions…and music!
And if you shared me?