If you’re seeking a peaceful and nature-filled adventure, a road trip to Tasmania is the ideal destination for you. Get ready to experience a road trip that offers an adventure of exploration, relaxation, and immersion in the natural and cultural beauties of this Australian island state, with each site delivering a unique and enriching experience.

You could sign up for a tour group, but nothing is more relaxing than driving along the open roads of Western Australia. To help you plan the best road trip, we have curated a list of the best places to visit in Tasmania.

1. Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay. Photo: Luke Tscharke

Nestled within Freycinet National Park is a natural masterpiece that beckons travellers with its serene beauty.

It is the top of travellers bucket list in Tasmania, famous for its beautiful panoramic view and shape of a bay similar to wine glass. To reach here, it is approximately 2.5 hours drive from north of Hobart and south from Launceston. A moderate hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout rewards you with a breathtaking view of the crescent-shaped beach and azure waters below.

Entrance fees to the national park are approximately $40 per vehicle for a day pass while guided tours for the hike may range from $80 to $120 per person.

Wineglass Bay 

Location: Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia

2. Mona

Museum of Old and New Art. Photo: Jesse Hunniford

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is one of Tasmania’s most unique and renowned cultural attractions.

MONA is celebrated not only for its eclectic art collection but also for its innovative and immersive approach to the museum experience. It challenges conventional notions of art and encourages visitors to engage with the pieces on a personal and intellectual level. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or someone looking for a thought-provoking and unusual cultural experience, MONA is a must-visit destination in Tasmania.

Admission to MONA is free but you will need to book in advance due to the limited number of visitors each day. Before entering, you will need to deposit $10 per person for those above 18 years old. You can receive your deposit back after your visit. 

Mona

Location: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011, Australia
Opening hours: 
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tue-Thu: Closed
Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm

3. Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain. Photo: James Burke

Nestled within Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is a pristine alpine haven that captivates nature enthusiasts and hikers.

Its rugged peaks, serene lakes, and diverse trails offer a variety of experiences. The iconic Cradle Mountain, with its jagged contours, is a hiker’s dream. From very short, easy strolls to the historic Overland Track, the Park offers a top-notch network of walking trails to explore. You can easily spend five to six days here. It is an incredible adventure through Tasmania’s alpine heart, covering 80 km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair. If you want to stay overnight, there are Cradle Mountain Waldheim Cabins available for booking starting from $140 per night and camping and picnic site near the area.

Cradle Mountain

Location: 4057 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS 7310
Opening hours (visitor centre): 8:30am-5pm

4. Devils @ Cradle

The Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian. Photo: Tourism Australia

It’s time to meet the famous Tasmanian Devil!

Located in close proximity to Cradle Mountain, Devils @ Cradle provides a unique opportunity to witness Tasmania’s iconic Tasmanian devils up close. These carnivorous marsupials, now endangered, are an essential part of the island’s ecosystem. Visitors can learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect these remarkable creatures. General admission tickets start from $25 for adults and $15 for children, there are several family packages available from $75 if you’re bringing your whole family along. 

Devils @ Cradle

Location: Devils at Cradle, 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 7306, Australia
Tel: +61 3 6492 1491
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm

5. Port Arthur

Port Arthur. Photo: TripAdvisor

Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur Historic Site is a UNESCO-listed former penal colony.

It was originally a 19th-century penal settlement and is now an open-air museum. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the infamous Separate Prison, for a glimpse into Australia’s colonial history. The site’s coastal setting and the nearby Tessellated Pavement add to its charm. Guided tours are available for a deeper understanding.

Prices for the Day Tour start from $38, with several family packages to choose from. Alternatively, opt for their Ghost Tour and explore the ruins at night. Prices start from $18 for children and $35 for adults.

Port Arthur

Location: Arthur Highway Port Arthur, Tasmania 7182, Australia
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

6. Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires Aerial. Photo: Stu Gibson

The Bay of Fires, located on Tasmania’s northeast coast, is a coastal paradise renowned for its pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

Inspired by the vibrant lichen-covered rocks that line the shore, it is a perfect destination for beachcombing, swimming, hiking, or simply unwinding by the sea. Camping is a popular choice for those seeking an immersive experience in this stunning natural setting.

Campsites are available at various locations, with prices typically starting at around $13 per night, providing an affordable way to enjoy the Bay of Fires’ unspoiled beauty. 

Bay of Fires

Location: Binalong Bay, Tasmania 7216, Australia

7. Gordon River Cruise

Photo: Tourism Australia

A Gordon River Cruise is a gateway to the remote and pristine wilderness of Tasmania’s west coast.

It’s a journey that takes you through ancient rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, and the tranquil waters of the Gordon River. Prices for a full-day cruise starts from $160 per person. These tours include informative commentary by experienced guides, providing insights into the unique ecosystems, flora, and fauna of the area. The Gordon River Cruise is a serene and scenic experience that allows you to connect with the natural beauty of this untouched region.

Gordon River Cruise 

Location: 24 Esplanade, Strahan Tasmania 7468, Australia
Tel: +61 3 6471 4300
Opening hours: 7:30am-4pm

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