SO, you’ve picked up your car rental or campervan and are wondering how to best spend the next 48 hours in Tasmania? Well, it really depends on the season.
If you’re on a winter break, perhaps check out the state’s eclectic west coast. On the way, be sure to explore Cradle Mountain. If your timing’s right, you might get in a good afternoon of skiing or, at the very least, a scenic walk around Dove Lake. Spend a night tucked up in the Cradle Mountain Lodge or one of the varieties of self-contained cabins available. After a hearty brekky, keep travelling west and visit the mining town of Rosebery, its neighbour Zeehan (the whole town is a virtual museum of courthouse, theatre and old locomotives) and consider scenic waterside village Strahan as your final overnight destination.
Also, try to squeeze in either the Gordon River Cruise or West Coast Wilderness Railway journey before you hit the long and winding road back to Hobart the next day.
In summer, if you are coming from Hobart, head straight up the east coast to the Freycinet Peninsula. If you have money to burn, spend it on the award-winning boutique hotel Sapphire Resort. Otherwise, there are plenty of lower cost accommodation options in and around Coles Bay, especially if you’re doing a campervan road trip Down Under. Be sure to trek over the saddle – or take the longer route up Mt Amos if you’re feeling energetic – and spend some time at one of the most dazzling beaches you’ll ever see, Wine Glass Bay.
Continue up the east coast on Day 2 of your summer adventure through the beachside communities of Bicheno, Scamander and St Helens – and take your pick for another overnight stay. Or, if you’re not done driving, head north-west towards Bridport and treat yourself to a round on the world-famous Barnbougle Lost Farm golf course. They also have a health spa if you want to end your trip on an indulgent note.