7 Days Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Today, I'm breaking hiatus and featuring my first trip to Tasmania, which was back in May earlier this year. It was near the end of Autumn so the weather was chilly and the skies were gloomy.

Tasmania is one of the 6 states of Australia and is an isolated island off the coast of Australia. While it may look small on the map, Tasmania is actually more than 68 times the size of Singapore, with a population of only approximately 500,000.

There are no direct flights from Singapore to Tasmania but the best bet is to fly to Melbourne and catch a slightly more than an hour flight over to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. My flight was in the night so I touched down at 9pm, hailed a cab over to the airbnb.

Day 1: Cape Hauy

The next morning, we had the same cab driver come and pick us up to drive us over to the car rental to grab our car. We dropped by Sorell Cafe along the way to Tasman National Park. Point to note for visiting national parks in Tasmania, make sure you have a national park pass. You can get it online and have it printed out.

Our first stop was the Tessellated Pavement. When I was researching online, they were comparing the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, the Blowhole and the Devil's Kitchen to the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne. Honestly, I thought it was rather underwhelming.

But the highlight for that day was definitely the hike up to Cape Hauy. The hike was a 8km round trip, which took 4.5 hours. Despite it only being 8km, the hike was quite intensive for a group of people who are not trained. It was definitely hard when you have no visual of the end point and the hike was basically climbing up and down and up and down. It was never-ending.

The reward for the hike was definitely worth it. The view was amazing and breath-taking as you overlook what looks like a Game of Thrones scenery. The hiking path doesn't have any railings so you'll have to be careful.

By the time we were heading back, the sky was getting dark and we were famished because we clearly only had breakfast. We found a random store along the way out of the national park and had Tasmanian Scallop Pie for dinner. Apparently the scallop pie is one of their more famous food in East Tasmania.

After a satisfying dinner, we drove up to Coles Bay and it was really dark by the time we reached our accommodation. It was a really cosy little home that was located minutes away from Freycinet National Park.

Day 2: Freycinet National Park

We picked our overnight accommodation near the sights we were planning to visit the next day because the days were short and we didn't want to waste the daylight on the road. Instead, we drove to our accommodations after dinner when it was dark so we could start our day sightseeing.

Our first stop was the Wineglass Bay. The Wineglass Bay is probably the most well-known natural attraction of East Tasmania.

It's a mere 10 minutes drive from our accommodation and a relatively mild hike. We were exhausted from yesterday's 4.5 hours hike up Cape Hauy so we took the simplest hike up Wineglass Bay and did not descend to the beach.

The entire hike up to view the Wineglass Bay took an hour. If you have the time, and the daylight, I think going down to the beach is really worth it.

After the mini hike, we drove to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Another relatively short walk to the lighthouse. Along the way, someone spotted seals on the boulders in the ocean and pointed them out to us. We were pretty psyched to be able to see them. The place is also perfect for whale spotting during the migration season.

It was still a little early for lunch but the Freycinet Marine Farm was along the way towards Friendly Beaches so we just had to stop.

What's a trip to Tasmania without some oysters. Freycinet Marine Farm serve freshly caught oysters, and other seafood goodies such as abalones, scallops, and mussels. The oysters were going at $18 for a dozen and we just couldn't get enough of them. They were probably the best oysters I've ever eaten in my life.

The Friendly Beaches is a long stretch of white sandy beach that stretches across the east coast of Tasmania. The beach is perfect for long romantic strolls and I can't see any reason to hate it. We were also the only ones on the beach that day, which could be because it was close to winter by the time we were in Tasmania.

The Bay of Fires is a 2 hours drive North from Friendly Beaches. Famous for their burning orange red rocks against the turquoise blue ocean waters, it's no wonder the Bay of Fires is on almost all the must-go attractions lists in Tasmania.

Also, the Bay of Fires is near St. Helens, which has some pretty famous seafood restaurants. As the place is near the coast, the seafood is beyond amazing. By the time we finished exploring and covering our sights, we returned to St. Helens, hoping to find some good food. Unfortunately, everything closed pretty early so we were left famished, yet again. We had to make a trip to Woolworths to grab some groceries to cook at our accommodation.

Day 3: Tamar Valley

We spent the night at the most hospitable farmstay. This is the only one accommodation I would highly recommend to everyone. Craig and his wife were really kind and nice and the house they had us in was gigantic. We had an enjoyable night at his farmstay, which was in Tamar Valley, the famous wine route in Tasmania.

In the morning, we even had the opportunity to feed the alpacas in the farm. The host took time out and brought us around the farm, showing us the chickens, sheeps, and alpacas. It's a really refreshing sight and experience for a city girl, like me.

We visited vineyards, which were bare in May. Holm Oak Vineyards and Moores Hill Estate were one of the two better vineyards which we visited. It was a rather relaxed day today because we were mentally preparing for the Cradle Mountain hike we had planned for the next day.

One of the people we met during the wine tasting was raving about Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm so we decided to drop by the place to have some raspberries. No regrets. We had the crepes and waffles but the highlight was definitely the raspberry jams they were selling in jars and the chocolate coated raspberries. Even if you're not planning to eat in the cafe, you can easily pop by and grab some raspberry-related food to bring back.

We travelled to our next accommodation and inched closer to the Cradle Mountain. The accommodation for that night was also amazing. It was a tiny little wooden house for 4, and the host baked fresh bread for us. We also had a clear view of Mt Roland from the bedroom window.

Day 4: Mole Creek

We had plans to visit Cradle Mountain on this day but there was a storm and it was raining the entire day. We decided to change our plans and went to explore the Mole Creek caves instead.

We went for both the Great Cathedral and glow worms tour and the King Solomons cave tour. I loved the guide for the King Solomons cave tour as he was just so passionate about the cave and the topic. You could feel the love and passion just by the way he spoke. The glow worms were a little underwhelming but the Great Cathedral was definitely amazing.

So we spent the early part of the day exploring the caves and we figured we needed to find a place for lunch in this random place. A short google and we found a salmon farm just round the corner.

41 South Tasmania is a salmon and ginseng farm. I guess, you can't leave Tasmania without having tried their salmons. Either I was famished and starving, or they really do have delicious salmon. You can even get a vacuum packed salmon to bring it home with you. I bought one for my family and kind of regretting not getting more.

But the highlight of the day has to be the honey ice-cream. Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh has a wide collection of honey. But you should never leave the place without the honey flavoured ice-cream. The guy at the salmon farm was telling us to get the honey ice-cream and so we tried it out.
They have many different flavours but only 2 of the flavours are honey. Try their signature leatherwood honey ice-cream. It can never go wrong.

Also, if there are too many types of honey in the store and you cannot decide which honey to buy back as a gift, go with leatherwood. The leatherwood honey can only be found in Tasmania and it makes a really good unique souvenir.

And because it rained so much that day, we spotted at least 5 different rainbows on the road.

Day 5: Cradle Mountain

The storm has calmed down overnight and I didn't want to leave Tasmania without having seen Cradle Mountain. So we took the chance since it stopped raining to visit the magnificent mountain. We were not trained or prepared so we clearly did not do the famous overland track which would take 6 days.

Unfortunately for us, it started raining pretty badly the moment we reached the carpark. The peaks were hidden behind the rain. The initial plan to climb up to Marions Lookout to have a full view of the picturesque lake was scrapped because of the weather.

Instead, we took the Dove Lake circuit trail that circles the Dove Lake. It is the simplest and easiest accessible trail in the Cradle Mountain region. There was little elevation and the road was pretty easy to walk.

As you can see, the rain stopped after we started the trail and we had a clear view of the Cradle Mountain peaks. Lucky for us, we managed to leave Tasmania having seen the Cradle Mountain peaks.

There were clearly a lot of instagram worthy photos to be taken in this area and I could not stop snapping the camera away.

And by the time we reached the famous hut by Dove Lake, it started raining again and the rain blocked the view of the mountains.

After the Cradle Mountain trail, we drove 4 hours back to Hobart and settled comfortably in our little accommodation.

Day 6: Hobart

Every Saturday morning, Hobart's outdoor market, Salamanca Market, comes to life. There, you can find all kinds of Tasmanian produce and products. A perfect place to spend your Saturday. The reason why I planned Hobart to be the last stop was so as to accommodate the Salamanca Market, which is only held every Saturday. So remember to plan your travel itinerary wisely!

The second part of the day was spent in Mount Wellington. Mount Wellington towers over Hobart city and is just right outside Hobart. You can also drive all the way up to the peak, which is really convenient.

If you're in Hobart, you should not miss visiting Mount Wellington. Two days before we went, it snowed (remember the horrible storms on the day I went to the caves). There were snow on some of the peaks in Tasmania. And Mount Wellington was one of the lucky mountains to be covered in snow cap. There were leftover snow all over the place when we reached.

We ended our day at the Barilla Bay restaurant where we ordered 3 dozens of oysters - for 3 pax. So we pretty much had a dozen each. It was our last night in Tasmania and we didn't want to leave without indulging in oysters one last time.

And of course, dessert at Honey Badger Dessert. Their panookie, which is a cookie in a pan, topped with a scoop of ice-cream, is to die for.

Day 7: Singapore

The last day was pretty much heading to the airport, and then travelling back to Melbourne before hopping on another plane back home. Honestly, I felt that the 6 days spent in Tasmania had been really short and if I could, I would definitely return for a longer trip. Maybe try the overland track, and spend more time soaking in the wilderness Tasmania has to offer instead of rushing through the road trip.

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  1. Finally an update! I've been waiting for your update on your trips.

  2. Pretty girl in a beautiful place. Do you have some Perth photos to share pls? I'll be going to Perth in May 2017.

    1. Thank you! Unfortunately the last time i was in Perth was approximately 15 years ago. Would love to see some of your Perth photos though :)

  3. Hello! Gorgeous photos you have! I read that you mostly drive to your accommodations after dinner, how is driving there at night? I had read lots of advices against it, citing the danger of the wildlife and the total darkness but I totally agree on wasting daylight to drive!

    1. Hi C! Thank you :) Yes, I do agree that it's extremely dangerous to drive in Tasmania at night as there are a lot of wild animals on the road. I wouldn't recommend driving in the dark if you have no experience doing so. We had a couple of wallabies and wombats standing in the middle of our road when we were driving but we would always managed to scare them off the road.

  4. Hi Michelle do you have the name of your farmstay? Can I book online?

    1. Hello, I've actually attached the airbnb link in the post. You can also search them up on Facebook (TAMAR
      Valley FARM Homestay) to contact the owner directly

  5. Hi Michelle, could you share where you stayed in Cape Hauy? Or the area you stayed in? The listing you linked is no longer available.=( Thank you! - E

    1. Hi! Are you referring to the accommodation the night before we went over to Cape Hauy? Seems like the airbnb listing might have been removed. But if it helps, we stayed near the airport so it wasn't anyway near Cape Hauy.

  6. HI, what car that you drove? able to fit in everyone luggage?