From beautiful landscapes to picturesque beaches, hiking & wildlife, wineries, lavender fields & history, Tasmania has it all! There is so much natural beauty packed into Australia’s smallest state, it truly is a nature lover’s paradise. Tasmania is often overlooked as a travel destination within Australia but I’m here to show you why Tasmania needs to go straight to the top of your must see list. To help with your planning I have created the perfect Tasmania 1 Week Travel Guide.
My itinerary includes the main highlights of places to visit in Tasmania, mainly along the East Coast. There is of course plenty more to see if your schedule allows it. Are you ready to fall in love with Tasmania?
DAY 1 – LAUNCESTON
First thing’s first, where do you start your 1 week Tasmania road trip? Depending on which airport you fly into you can either start in either of Tasmania’s main cities, Launceston or Hobart. I think Launceston is a great starting off point for your Tasmania road trip. Launceston is a small quiet city with a lot of great things to see and do nearby.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
VISIT CATARACT GORGE
The most popular thing to do in Launceston is to visit Cataract Gorge. Cataract Gorge is a free outdoor park with surrounding hiking trails, a swing bridge and a river running through the center. This is a great place to spend the day outdoors, whether you want to get some exercise or just chill out. There’s also a playground and a number of free BBQ’s surrounding the area. If you go early in the morning you’ll see plenty of kangaroos hanging out, as well as a lot of native birds any time of the day. A popular activity is to ride the chairlift that hovers right over the gorge.
GO FOR A SWIM
Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit with you to Cataract Gorge. Right in the centre of Cataract Gorge you’ll find a beautiful, and free, outdoor swimming pool. It’s a perfect place to go on a warm day while enjoying the great views surrounding you.
GO WINE TASTING
There are a number of wineries in the Launceston area that make some incredible wine. Not only do they have great wine but the views from the cellar doors alone are worth checking out. Most of the wineries have on site restaurants so make an afternoon of it and stay for lunch or dinner.
EAT AT CATARACT ON PATTERSON
Coming from someone who is normally a picky eater, particularly with restaurant food, Cataract On Patterson restaurant is incredible! It’s actually the only restaurant I’ve found in Tasmania that I’m obsessed with. I’ve even considered travelling to Tasmania just to have dinner here. Their food is all locally grown and raised, and they have a great atmosphere. It’s always busy so make sure you make a reservation ahead of time.
VISIT A LAVENDER FIELD (seasonal)
Tasmania has an incredible lavender field that rivals those in France. The Bridestowe Lavender Farm is located about an hour out of Launceston with lots of wineries on the route here. The lavender farm is open all year round for the sale of their lavender products, however you’ll only see the lavender growing from December to late January. For the more picturesque blooming time its best to visit in late December. I went mid January and the lavender was already going a bit grey and harvesting had already begun. The cost for entry during the blooming season is $10.
DAY 2 – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Cradle Mountain is considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most popular mountain to head to for hiking & nature. You can easily see Cradle Mountain as a day trip using Launceston as your base, or you can stay overnight if you prefer. It’s less than a 2 hour drive to get here from Launceston. Since the roads are narrow within the Cradle Mountain National Park, the roads run a bit differently than most tourist places you’ll encounter in Tasmania. When you arrive you’ll end up at the tourist office and from there you’ll be required to take the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus. The bus runs frequently throughout the day and stops at various points of interest within the national park.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
DISCOVER DOVE LAKE
Dove Lake is the main attraction to see at Cradle Mountain. It’s located right next to the last Cradle Mountain shuttle bus stop so its easy to access for any fitness level. Most of the hikes start from here and there’s walking tracks that surround the lake.
SEARCH FOR WOMBATS
In the late afternoon the local wombats start to emerge from their burrows to eat. These adorable furry animals are so fun to watch as they wander throughout the fields. Get off the shuttle bus at the Ronny Creek stop for the best place to spot the wombats.
DAY 3 & 4 – BAY OF FIRES
Bay of Fires is hands down the most beautiful beach in all of Australia. Upon first glance it appears so similar to a beach you’d find in the Caribbean, only a little colder. The water is a clear, pristine turquoise colour and the sand is pure silica. You won’t believe your eyes when you realize this picturesque beach is located in Tasmania.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
STOP AT THE LITTLE BLUE LAKE
Around the halfway point on the drive between Launceston and Bay of Fires is The Little Blue Lake. As you may have figured out from the name, this small lake is the most incredible intense aqua blue colour. It advised to not swim in the lake but this makes a perfect place for a pit stop.
Tasmania’s best glamping experience is located in Bay of Fires at the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat. This relaxing retreat is surrounded by beautiful bush land and located only a couple minutes from the beach. There are a number of bell tents set up with the most comfy beds you’ll ever sleep in. During the evening you can hang out in the communal camp kitchen or by the fire pits roasting marshmallows.
RELAX ON THE BEACH
There’s no better way to spend a sunny day in Bay of Fires than to relax on the beach. Head to the main beach to soak up the sun or play in the crystal clear water. But be warned, the water is very cold but so refreshing on a hot day.
EXPLORE THE COAST
There are many beaches scatter all up the coast heading north. Spend the day exploring and see how many incredible beaches you can find.
Looking for more Australia travel inspiration? Don’t miss my guide to Australia’s most beautiful beaches.
DAY 5 & 6 – WINEGLASS BAY
Wineglass bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Tasmania. Around Wineglass Bay you’re spoiled for choice between various beaches, lots of hikes, wildlife and tons of natural beauty. This can easily be done as a day trip or stay a couple nights and you’ll still have plenty to see and do.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
WALK UP THE WINEGLASS BAY LOOKOUT
An easy 20 minute hike to get up to the lookout, this is the easiest trail to get a view of Wineglass Bay. This is a well paved path that almost any fitness level can easily get to. Since its an easy hike it’s also the busiest. If you want to access the beach you continue from here down hill for about another 30 minutes.
HIKE UP MOUNT AMOS
To get the most epic view of Wineglass Bay be sure to hike up Mount Amos. This hike is definitely not an easy one but it is so worth it. Make sure you wear proper shoes and a bag of supplies with some extra water. The Mount Amos Hike will require you to do a bit of basic rock scaling. Be aware that this hike can get very slippery and it’s advisable not to proceed in wet conditions.
DAY 7 – HOBART
Hobart is such a fascinating city with small town vibes, it’s the perfect place to end your Tassie road trip. There’s a little something for everybody in Hobart, whether you’re into nature, art, or cafe culture, you’ll find it all here.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
VISIT MOUNT WELLINGTON
The view from Mount Wellington is so surreal. You can get a drastically different view every time you visit here depending on the weather conditions. Mount Wellington is located directly behind Hobart and is the dominant feature of the city. You are able to drive all the way to the top of the summit making it easy to access. From the top you’ll get an epic view of Hobart, or the weather conditions my surprise you and give you a different view entirely.
HAVE A BEER AT CASCADE BREWERY
Grab a drink at Tasmania’s oldest brewery. Cascade Brewery has a beautiful outdoor garden perfect for a cold drink on a hot day. Cascade Brewery offers tours, tastings, & events. Order the drink paddle to try a bit of everything the brewery has on offer.
TAKE A FERRY TO MONA MUSEUM & SIT FIRST CLASS
Mona Museum is an one of a kind collection of contemporary art pieces. This unique museum is located within a winery and is unlike any other museum that you’ll ever experience. Just getting to Mona Museum can be an experience in itself if you choose to take the ferry to get there. There’s an upgraded option to sit in the “Posh Pit” which will get you complimentary drinks & canapes.
Have a wonderful time exploring Tasmania. There are so many incredible places to discover here. I know you’ll absolutely fall in love with Tasmania. If you have any questions leave them below or contact me directly.
SHOP MY TASMANIA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
PIN THIS TO READ LATER