Tasmania's Grand Circle

10 day Self Drive - from £935

Journey through Tasmania’s wilderness on this round trip from Hobart. Discover the island’s rich history, pristine landscapes and unique wildlife.


  • Walks and trails of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
  • The craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain
  • The ‘Garden City’ of Launceston
  • Impressive Bay of Fires Coastal Reserves
  • Beaches of Freycinet National Park

You can include this self drive in a longer Australia holiday.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Hobart

On arrival in Hobart collect you car from either the airport or city depot and then the rest of the day is at leisure to explore Hobart. Hobart is an attractive city built around a beautiful Harbour in the shadow of Mount Wellington. Places of interest include, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Constitution Dock, Sandy Bay, Salamanca Place and Battery Point.

Hotel: Travelodge Hobart (Standard) Lenna of Hobart (Deluxe)

Day 2 - Strahan (300 kms)

Depart Hobart this morning and travel via New Norfolk on the Lyall Highway – a spectacular road across the heart of Tasmania to the village of Strahan. Continue through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. A number of excellent short walks lead off the highway to rainforests, waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. Stop in Queenstown, surrounded by stark mountains, giving the town an eerie look. There are good views from Spion Kop Lookout, in the centre of town. Continue as the road winds along to the quiet town of Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour. Strahan is the only town on Tasmania’s forbidding west coast.

Hotel: Strahan Village (Standard) or Motel Strahan (Deluxe)

Day 3 - Cradle Mountain National Park (138 kms)

Depart Strahan and travel north to Zeehan, which was a booming mining town in the early 1900’s. The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its walking tracks with spectacular mountain peaks, deep gorges, lakes, wild open moorlands and an incredible variety of wildlife.

Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard) or Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village (Deluxe).

Day 4 - Cradle Mountain National Park

Today is at your leisure to explore Cradle Mountain National Park including the many walks and spectacular scenery.

Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard) or Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village (Deluxe)

Day 5 - Launceston (130 kms)

Depart Cradle Mountain and travel east to Mole Creek. Along the way visit Marakoopa Cave, a wet cave which features two underground streams and an incredible glow-worm display. Continue east to Deloraine. You can also take short detours to visit some local gourmet delights such as local honey and cheese producers as well as a raspberry farm. Continue onto Launceston, the ‘Garden City’, the second largest city in Tasmania, and the centre of Tasmania’s north. It is nestled in the hilly country where the Tamar, North Esk and South Esk rivers meet. Only 10 minutes from the city centre is the magnificent Cataract Gorge, here almost vertical cliffs line the banks of the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar.

Hotel: Best Western Plus (Standard) or City Park Grand Hotel (Deluxe)

Day 6 - St Helens (160 kms)

Depart Launceston and travel north-east to Scottsdale, regarded as the hub of the North East serving some of the richest agricultural and forest country in Tasmania. Near Pyengana take a walk to St Columba Falls and pick up some local gourmet cheese. Continue east to the small bayside town of St Helens, a fishing port well known for its crayfish, flounder and scallops. Visit The Gardens and the Bay of Fires Coastal Reserves near Binalong Bay for stunning beaches.

Hotel: Comfort Hotel Bayside (Standard) or NRMA St Helens Waterfront Holiday Park (Deluxe)

Day 7 - Freycinet National Park (110 kms)

Travel south to Freycinet National Park. Along the way travel through the towns of Scamander and St Mary’s, before stopping for pancakes at Elephant Pass. Or take the coast road from Falmouth to the Chain of Lagoons.
Stop at the small resort town of Bicheno before continuing south through Coles Bay to the Freycinet National Park. Stop along the way to explore the friendly Beaches.

Hotel: Freycinet Lodge (Standard & Deluxe)

Day 8 - Freycinet National Park

Time at leisure today to explore all that the Freycinet National Park and has to offer, including abundant wildlife, spectacular beaches including Wineglass Bay and a variety of walking trails.

Day 9 - Hobart (185 kms)

Make an early start this morning, as you depart Freycinet perhaps make a stop near Swansea at one of the local wineries or berry farm. Cross the Derwent River to reach Hobart on the Tasman Highway. If time permits you can also travel back to Hobart via the historic village of Richmond, with many treasures of Tasmania’s colonial past.

Hotel: Travelodge Hobart (Standard) or Lenna of Hobart (Deluxe)


Day 10 - Farewell from Hobart

Return your car to the airport before boarding your flight to your next destination.

10 day Self Drive - from £935


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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.

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Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. You can book this itinerary as it is or ask your Travel Consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Air-conditioned car
  • Standard or deluxe hotels
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Flexible itineraries

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