TWO WEEKS IN TASMANIA ITINERARY – The Ultimate Guide

This is our ultimate guide to the ideal 2 Weeks in Tasmania Itinerary and we know it will help you and your family have the best Tasmanian adventure!

This was our first family trip to Tasmania (James had visited over 10 years ago), and we were blown away by the scenery the tiny island state showcased. Think pristine beaches that rival Queensland, rainforests competing with the Otway National Park and snowy mountain ranges that deserve to be in National Geographic. Couple this with a great food and arts scene, quaint towns, picturesque farmland and stunning cities, it’s no surprise Tasmanian tourism is growing rapidly.

Tasmania is relatively small and two weeks, in our view, is the ideal amount of time to spend road tripping without feeling rushed. Depending on your time and travel style you could add or remove certain parts as needed, however, given Tasmania’s weather, it’s always good to have a couple of days up your sleeve in case of a washout. Plus you may just want to lay around on some of their gorgeous beaches on those idyllic summer days!

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Melbourne, you’ll wonder why you never visited Tasmania sooner!

Dove Lake - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam


Two weeks in Tasmania itinerary

The following is our 2 Weeks in Tasmania Itinerary overview and includes our top recommendations of where to go, what to see and where to stay. This has been tweaked from our own itinerary to give you a guide of how long to stay in each location. Whether you start in Hobart, Launceston or Devonport, you can pick up this route from any point and start your loop.

  • Launceston (1 night)
  • Bay of Fires (2 nights)
  • Freycinet (2 nights)
  • Hobart (3 nights)
  • Bruny Island (2 nights)
  • Mount Field National Park (1 night)
  • Cradle Mountain (2 nights)

Launceston (1 Night)

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse- Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

We travelled across to Tasmania with Spirit of Tasmania, which arrives into Devonport. Honestly, Devonport does not have much going on at all. So after grabbing a coffee and seeing the striking red and white Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, we drove to Launceston. You can drive the highway the entire way, or cruise the slightly longer, much more picturesque way, through the famed Tamar Valley. The Tamar Valley is known for it’s rolling green hills dotted with farmland, wineries and berry farms.

Launceston is a Tassies second-largest city but it feels more like a large town where everybody knows each other. There are heaps of great cafes serving up ripper brunches and coffees and plenty of shops and museums to explore. Launceston is located right on the Tamar River and has some brilliant natural landscape, especially the epic Cataract Gorge.

Spending the night here is probably enough to get a good taste of Launceston and the perfect pitstop before continuing on.

Best things to do in Launceston

  • Cataract Gorge, an epic enormous canyon
  • Penny Royal historic theme park, adventures include a zip line, cliff walk, outdoor rock climbing, boat rides, gold panning and more, all in a historic setting at the base of Cataract Gorge. We didn’t go but it would be great for families with the older kiddies.
  • City Park and the free to view Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure
  • Explore the Tamar valley and sample the produce
  • Indulge in yummy food and drink at one of the many cafes.
  • Get a pie from Tinnies Pies, seriously we were craving pies and boy did this place deliver!

Where to stay in Launceston

Launceston has lots of accommodation options to choose from, so we have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Launceston. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Luxury: Peppers Silo

  • Originally containing four large grain silos, the building has been reimagined into a 9 storey hotel. Adjacent to the silos, the North Tower is a contemporary addition providing contrast and adding to the character to this Launceston hotel. Modern rooms and suites are furnished with natural tones and recycled Tasmanian timbers, taking inspiration from the rugged surrounding countryside. Private balconies in the Gorge River Rooms and Premier Suites offer breathtaking river views allowing you to be captivated by Launceston’s natural splendour.

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Midrange: Mercure Launceston

  • Located in the heart of Launceston, Mercure Launceston overlooks historic City Park, with extended views across the North Esk River. Within walking distance to many of Launceston’s attractions including Boags Brewery and the Seaport Precinct. Guest rooms are recently refurbished in modern design with posturepedic bed, some with park views. Titanium Bar and Bistro offers relaxed dining and à la carte contemporary Australian cuisine.

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Budget: The Cornwall Boutique Hotel

  • The Cornwall Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in the centre of Launceston and the centre of history. Built in 1824 by John Pascoe Fawkner, the property is believed to be the oldest brick building in Launceston and Tasmania and was where in 1834, a meeting was held which resulted in the settlement of Melbourne. Completely refurbished in 2019, The Cornwall Boutique Hotel today is a modern boutique hotel that honours its historical heritage. The fresh and inviting guest rooms include a flat-screen TV, heating and air-conditioning and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and there is also an on-site laundry.

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For all other places to stay in Launceston, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Bay of Fires (2 nights)

Cosy Corner North - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

Driving from Launceston to the Bay of Fires you have quite a few cool stops that you should take. To get some of those stunning Instagrammable shots of Tasmania, make sure you drive to the Little Blue Lake – an insanely blue lake. If it’s Lavender season, detour through Bridestowe Lavender Farm, you will be able to walk through a sea of fragrant purple. Unfortunately being winter, we chose to skip the lavender farm.

From the Little Blue Lake, we recommend heading south to Pyengana. A great spot for waterfall chasers, home to St Columba Falls, some of the tallest waterfalls in Tassie, and just a short walk from the carpark through a cool rainforest. Totally unexpected amongst all the farmland in the region! On our drive back from the Falls we checked out Holy Cow! Cafe after a recommendation from somebody in Launceston. This working dairy does taste testings of all their yummy cheeses and shows the process from start to finish. Although we didn’t buy any cheese we did lash out and get one of their ‘real’ ice creams each.

After that is up to you of where you stay to access the Bay of Fires. There are quite a few choices in Binalong Bay (right at the Bay of Fires), however, we found much cheaper options in nearby St Helens. St Helens is just 20 minutes drive from the Bay of Fires, so for us, this was a no-brainer to save some money.

The Bay of Fires is actually insane. Crystal clear azure water, lapping at pure white sand, set against bright orange lichen-covered rocks. There are loads of awesome beaches around here that you will often have completely to yourself, and we aren’t lying when we say they are some of the best in Australia. If only we were there in summer! Just drive around and explore the awesome scenery! You’d be forgiven for thinking the Bay of Fires name comes from the rocks, it’s actually due to the settlers seeing fire coming from the beaches as they approached,

Best things to do in and around Bay of Fires

  • Little Blue Lake – An old mining quarry filled with vibrant blue water
  • Bridestowe Lavender Farm
  • St Columba Falls – one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania
  • Holy Cow Cafe – a working dairy with cafe and loads of samples of their produce
  • Binalong Bay (Bay of Fires)
    • Cosy Corner North – Some of the biggest and best of the enormous orange rock formations, as well as super nice swimming.
    • Skeleton Bay – Where you will find the insta-famous lonely tree, jutting out from the rocks at sea.
    • Swimcart Beach – Some of the best free camping in Australia, basically right on the beach!

Where to stay in Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires has a few accommodation options to choose from (largely in St Helens), so we have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bay of Fires. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Luxury: Pelican Point Sanctuary

  • Pelican Point Sanctuary is an 87 acre property that gives our guests the opportunity to stay in quaint self-contained cottages or state of the art Californian villas. The owners and managers are committed to ensure your stay with us is one “with a difference”. Pelican Point Sanctuary has all the facilities to not only come and stay but make it your holiday destination. Our guests can enjoy free activities that include fishing, bike riding or a game of Farmers golf.

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Midrange: Sweetwater Villas

  • One of St Helens best accomodation providers! Only 1,000 feet from the beautiful blue waters of Georges Bay, Sweetwater Villas offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi in public areas. Most apartments include a private balcony with bay views.

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Budget: Queechy Motel

  • Queechy Motel provide motel suite and self-contained cottage accommodation at St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast. Queechy Cottages have two and three bedroom self-contained cottages in a rural setting near George’s Bay. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen , all main bedrooms have queen-size beds. A barbecue area and coin-operated laundry facilities are provided. One bedroom room motel suites are also available. They contain a queen size bed upstairs. Downstairs is your own shower, toilet, vanity and lounge area. Motels contain fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle. Each suite has ample living area space and standard bathrooms. Suites are on two levels.

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For all other places to stay in Bay of Fires, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Freycinet (2 nights)

Wineglass Bay Lookout - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

The drive from Bay of Fires to Freycinet is out of this world, we’ve done lots of coastal drives, but wow. With much of the road hugging the rugged coast, you can truly see just how stunning Tassies beaches are. It really surprised us just how much farmland stretches right down to the water’s edge, when in other countries or regions you’d find loads of hotels!

On the way, you’ll surely stop for loads of pics of the epic coastline, but the first major stop would be the Bicheno blowhole. Although we didn’t stop here because it was raining, if it’s a nice day you may as well check it out. There’s also a supermarket here, well more a grocery store, but a good spot to grab some food for the next few days as the stores in Coles Bay (Freycinet) are quite limited and expensive. Although the grocery store here is too.

Coles Bay is the gateway to Freycinet and just minutes drive from the National Park. For those of you that don’t know, Freycinet National Park is perhaps one of the most famous natural regions of Tasmania. It’s an outdoor lovers paradise, with loads of maintained hikes ranging from half an hour to three days or more, as well as epic waterways and beaches to explore. The most popular walks are that of the Wineglass Bay viewpoint or Mount Amos summit, both giving insane views of one of the worlds top 10 beaches – Wineglass beach. Be aware the Mount Amos summit trail is no walk in the park and we in no way recommend it for families with young kids, you have to seriously scale 70-degree rockfaces. The Wineglass Bay viewpoint trial is much more suitable!

You can easily spend a couple of days exploring the many beaches and wild bushland. Your also highly likely to spot some of the cute Tassie wildlife like pademelons, wallabies, quolls and more!

Best things to do in and around Freycinet

  • Hike the Wineglass Bay Viewpoint (40 mins return) or Mount Amos Summit (not for the faint of heart). If feeling extra adventurous, do the hike down to Wineglass Bay Beach, one of the world’s best!
  • Visit Honeymoon Bay, an idyllic beach at the foot of Mount Amos.
  • Gaze at the Hazards mountain range, there are loads of great viewpoints of the trio of mountains. Just drive around Coles Bay Esplanade and you’ll get a great view, especially for sunset.
  • Friendly Beaches – no it’s not full of friendly people, well it might be, but it’s really just a super nice beach.
  • If wanting to splurge, get the ultimate Wineglass Bay experience with a scenic flight or boat ride.

Where to stay near Freycinet

Freycinet has few accommodation options to choose from (largely in Coles Bay and mainly holiday homes), so we have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Freycinet. Freycinet is also home to one of the world’s best boutique hotels Safire Freycinet. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Luxury: Freycinet Lodge

  • With a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of the Hazards, just inside Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge is a superb base for exploring the Freycinet peninsula. A world of hidden comfort, the Lodge is living proof that communing with nature does not have to mean roughing it. It’s a place to relax and rejuvenate. To experience nature’s wild harmony without sacrificing your creature comforts. The Lodge’s cabins are designed to impart welcoming familiarity and warmth and the new Coastal Pavilions will provide guests with an immersive connection to the natural surroundings of Freycinet National Park, all while enjoying a superb level of comfort.

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Midrange: Aperture

  • Featuring garden views, Aperture features accommodation with a garden and a patio, around 10 km from Wineglass Beach. Boasting free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and golfing. This holiday home includes 3 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a washing machine. A barbecue and a sun terrace are available for guests at the holiday home to use.

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Budget: Swansea Holiday Park

  • The Swansea Holiday Park is situated near the beach and faces towards Schouten Island with breathtaking views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula and the famous Hazards. The location is perfect for children with lots of things to see and do but close to a range of activities to suit everyone. It is adjacent to the Swansea Golf Course and only a few minutes stroll into the town centre. A variety of accommodation is offered from comfortable, affordable self contained cabins in a sheltered area close to facilities to grassy powered sites.

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For all other places to stay in Freycinet, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Hobart (3 nights)

Salamanca Place - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

To be honest we just wanted to get to Hobart and didn’t stop anywhere on the 2.5-hour drive. That’s another great thing about Tassie, everything is relatively close, by Australian distances that is.

Hobart is the capital and most populated city of Tasmania – and it is a beauty! Situated at the base of enormous Mt Wellington, much of Hobart is on a slope down towards a glorious waterfront. We had no idea Hobart was so stunning, the snow-capped Mount Wellington definitely added to the vibe. Hobart has a rich history dating back to the 1800s and there are still lots of stunning heritage buildings, especially around Battery Point, Salamanca and the waterfront.

The city itself has loads to do in and around it and you will easily be able to fill a few days here!

Best things to do in and around Hobart

  • Explore the waterfront of Franklin Wharf and the many restaurants, pubs and cafes.
  • Visit the Salamanca Market, the biggest open-air market in Australia (only on Saturdays)
  • Drive up Mt Wellington and check out the amazing viewpoint over Hobart and beyond.
  • Visit MONA. A bizarre museum of old and modern art, that feels straight out of a James Bond movie. You seriously have to go four levels beneath the soil to reach the subterranean lair. There’s a lot of super unique exhibits from a machine replicating the digestive track from start to finish – smells inclusive, to rare Egyptian artifacts.
  • Stroll around the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens
  • Daytrip over to the Tasman peninsula, and check out the Tesselated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Blowhole Port Arthur Convict Settlement and a handful of other awesome natural sights.
  • Drive the short drive to historic Richmond and check out the famous bridge, Richmond Bridge. The oldest stone bridge in Australia and built entirely with convict labour.

Where to stay near Hobart

Hobart has lots of accommodation options to choose from, so we have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Hobart. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Luxury: MONA Pavillions

  • Mona Pavilions provide contemporary-designed sophisticated accommodation on the outskirts of Hobart, Southern Tasmania. The eight pavilions sit on a three-and-a-half hectare private peninsula overlooking the Derwent River. Choose from one or two bedroom configurations, each showcasing private artwork from the Mona collection. Four pavilions are named for architects including Roy (Grounds), Robin (Boyd), Esmond (Dorney) and Walter (Burley Griffin) who have influenced Australia’s architectural landscape while others are named after Australian modernist painters. They feature double spa baths, contemporary bespoke furniture by Tasmanian designers, furnishings from the likes of Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and Ron Arad, and state-of-the-art kitchens. Each has a private cellar stocked with Moorilla wines and Moo Brew beer and access to the heated infinity pool, sauna and gymnasium.

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Midrange: Zero Davey Boutique Apartments

  • Zero Davey is located on Sullivans Cove, on Hobart’s picturesque waterfront.Perfectly designed for both business and pleasure, the 31 apartments are exquisitely furnished in cutting edge contemporary designer furniture, and equipped with every travellers needs.Relax and unwind by the waters edge, enjoy the cafe lifestyle and relish in Tasmania’s gourmet experience at the many restaurants located right on your doorstep.Zero Davey is ideal for business or pleasure.

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Budget: Hobart Tower Motel

  • Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Hobart, Tower Motel is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Tower Motel makes it easy to enjoy the best of Hobart. Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the motel.

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For all other places to stay in Hobart, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Bruny Island (2 nights)

The Neck - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

We had never actually heard of Bruny Island before we started researching Tasmania, and we realised it is one of Tassies best-kept secrets! Just a half-hour drive and half-hour ferry from Hobart, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in another country! Fantastic beaches, wildlife galore, pristine nature and some incredible food and wine, yep Bruny Island has more than enough for you to fill in a few days!

Best things to do on Bruny Island

  • Visit the Neck viewpoint, the viewpoint looks down upon the thin spit of land joining North and South Bruny. Get here early to avoid the crowds in your shot! Come at sunset and you might be lucky and spot some penguins.
  • Get your walk on, there are heaps of trails all over the island. Whilst you’re at it you are almost guaranteed to see the wildlife of some form whether it be wallabies, pademelons, quolls or more, especially at sunset. There’s even a few albino wallabies around so keep a keen eye out.
  • Check out the many beaches found on the island
  • Go visit the Bruny Island lighthouse, it’s actually the second oldest in Australia!
  • Get your taste test on! There are lots of boutique farm door food and wine experiences on Bruny. Meats, Cheese, honey, berries, wine, oysters, there’s something to please everyone.

Where to stay on Bruny Island

Bruny Island has a few accommodation options to choose from, so we have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bruny Island. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Luxury: Free Spirit Pods

  • Our waterfront Free Spirit Pods, with beautiful views of Quarantine Bay, are perfect for your next romantic getaway. Set on eight acres to enjoy and explore. Free Spirit has direct waterfront access. We have two luxury self contained waterfront pods which are superbly handcrafted from sustainable Tasmanian timbers. Both our open-plan studio-pods, Flying Duck and Blue Wren, feature double glazed floor to ceiling bi-fold doors leading onto your spacious private deck. Each pod sleeps two adults, and has room available for a couple of kids.

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Midrange: 43 Degrees (No Kids allowed)

  • Situated in Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, 43 Degrees Bruny Island offers Boutique Environmental Accommodation for those looking for the exceptional experience whilst maintaining a focus on being environmentally conscious.

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Budget: Captain Cook Holiday Park

  • Captain Cook Holiday Park in the heart of Adventure Bay, which is located on Southern Bruny Island, is the perfect location to base yourself whilst exploring the many attractions Bruny has to offer. We offer a variety of accommodation choices and our aim is to ensure your stay with us is as enjoyable as possible whether you are a family camping or a couple enjoying a getaway in one of our beautiful villas.

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For all other places to stay in Bruny Island, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Mount Field National Park (1 night)

Russell Falls - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

We actually didn’t stay the night in Mount Field, however, it’s probably a good way to break up the long drive between Hobart and Cradle Mountain. Really there’s not much else here but nature, the visitor’s centre and a campsite. Mount Field is known for its dense ferny rainforest, cascading waterfalls and towering trees. There are plenty of walks around to give you a full dose of natural goodness!

Best things to do in Mount Field National Park

  • The super instagrammable Russell Falls is a gentle 10-minute walk from the visitor centre and carpark.
  • If you continue along the track you’ll come along to the lesser-visited but still super picturesque Horseshoe Falls.
  • These walks can be made into a loop with the Tall Trees Walk, to see all of the, yep you guessed it – tall trees
  • Lake Dobson for a refreshing spot to swim
  • Explore the rolling hills of the Derwent Valley

Where to stay in Mount Field National Park

Mount Field doesn’t have many accommodation options to choose from, so honestly, we recommend either staying in a local AirBnb or at the caravan park located in the park. The caravan park actually has some neat cabins with outdoor baths but at the time of writing, you could not book online.

We also highly recommend searching for homes on Airbnb. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.

For all other places to stay near Mount Field, Click Here to search on Booking.com


Cradle Mountain (2 nights)

Ronny Creek - Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania - Live Life and Roam

Of all the spots in Tasmania, we were the most psyched for Cradle Mountain. A national park in the mountainous wilderness of Tassie. You’ll become truly immersed in nature, there’s only a handful of stores and hotels and has a true tiny town ambience. The area is world-famous for its epic walking tracks and of course around the park. Often in winter, you’ll find the area with a light dusting of snow, especially on the high peaks. The park works like a well-oiled machine, restricting driving access in during certain hours, and rather providing a shuttle service to all the important stops! We didn’t think this sounded our thing with a baby and all, but it turned out super handy.   You will find walks here for people of all ages and fitness levels, with several being on raised boardwalks.

Best things to do in Cradle Mountain

  • Check out possibly the most photographed boathouse in the world at Dove Lake (just 10 mins from the carpark). While you’re at it continue the walk around the full Dove Lake circuit. This iconic walk is quite easy and at the base of Cradle Mountain so you have great views everywhere you look. Lots of walks actually start from the Dove Lake carpark so it’s a great spot to start.
  • Ronny Creek (pictured above) is a gentle walk through the buttongrass plains, often you’ll see at least 5 wombats!
  • Hike the Marion’s Lookout trail to get the best vantage point of iconic Cradle Mountain.
  • If you’re feeling extra fit and able, why not climb the summit of Cradle Mountain. Apparently, this is quite a treacherous trail so maybe leave the kids at home for this one..

Where to stay in Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain has very few accommodation options to choose from, and they are all recommendable. We stayed at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village and loved the awesome cosy cottages nestled amongst the bush. See the list of accommodations below that we personally recommend:

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

  • Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village is situated in temperate rainforest in Cradle Valley on the edge of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. We offer self-contained accommodation without compromising comfort. Our accommodation fulfils the needs of families for room to move, outdoor enthusiasts wanting ready access to nature and romantic couples seeking an extra touch of luxury in a wilderness setting. Your home away from home includes functional kitchenette, separate lounge and dining area, well-appointed bathroom, LCD television and a private view of the temperate rainforest.

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Peppers Cradle Mountain

  • Set in the wilderness are 86 private timber cabins, from contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins through to luxurious King Billy Suites. Each provides the modern comforts you would expect and some are appointed with spa baths. The King Billy Suites and Spa Suites have king-sized beds and can accommodate up to three guests utilising an additional rollaway bed. There are also family cabins, some with spas and one with disability access, sleeping up to five people that can be booked directly at the Lodge.

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Cradle Mountain Hotel

  • On the fringe of alpine wilderness, Cradle Mountain Hotel sits on the edge of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. It’s the perfect base for alpine walks. Be pampered at the end of the day with hearty mountain fare and a crackling fire in Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar. The Hotel is home to The Wilderness Galley, a magnificent collection of nature photography. The hotel offers 60 hotel-style rooms under one roof, split into 2 separate wings. All rooms feature tea/coffee making facilities, TV, heating, a telephone and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

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For all other places to stay in Cradle Mountain, Click Here to search on Booking.com

We also highly recommend searching for homes on AirBNB. If you have been living under a rock, here’s a link to sign up for Airbnb that will automatically give you $55 off your first booking, whatever and wherever that may be.


Tips for a Tasmanian road trip

DRIVE OVER WITH SPIRIT OF TASMANIA OR FLY AND RENT A CAR?

Although it may be a long journey, we found the passenger & vehicle ferry, Spirit of Tasmania to be a super easy way of starting your Tassie road trip. This enabled us to easily fulfil our two weeks in Tasmania itinerary by having all of our gear with us from the very beginning, no worrying about luggage allowances etc. We simply sailed overnight, woke up in the morning and started driving.

Conversely, you could fly into Launceston or Hobart and rent a car. However, the cost usually ends up being even higher than sailing with Spirit. Obviously if travelling or coming from other states of Australia it may not be possible to bring your own car, in which case renting a car will be your only option.

BUYING A NATIONAL PARKS PASS

If you are planning on visiting any of the National Parks, which is a must, you will need to purchase a pass. You can buy these, online, onboard Spirit of Tasmania, at visitors centres or even in some parks from machines. You simply need to display it on the dashboard of your vehicle or carry it with you if you travelled without a vehicle.

Vehicle passes cover all passengers and run at $24 per day or you can buy a $60 holiday pass that allows unlimited entry over 2 months. A much more economical option generally. Alternatively if travelling solo without a car, a day pass will cost $12 and a holiday pass $30.

PETROL

We went through three tanks of petrol to cover this whole road trip. And that was with a LOT of winding roads and up and down hills. Not bad if you ask us for an epic two weeks!

FOOD

Seriously when in big towns, go to the supermarkets and buy your groceries for the next few days. Most of the places we visited only had teeny tiny convenience stores at horrific prices. Do yourself a favour and prepare.

WILDLIFE

Watch out for all the wildlife when driving. Tassie is known as the roadkill capital of Australia and you will see why. There are animals everywhere and they are a bit clueless when it comes to cars and roads. So be aware, especially at dawn and dusk. The last thing you want is to knock down a kangaroo and destroy the front end of your car!


Hopefully, with this itinerary, you will have the best two weeks in Tasmania possible. Whilst your planning Tassie why not check out our 20 Instagrammable Spots in Tasmania or Spirit of Tasmania Guide.


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