Campervan Holiday Itinerary from Launceston

Town Hall, Launceston - Photo by Synyan, Wikimedia Creative CommonsTown Hall, Launceston - Photo by Synyan, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Day 1

Travel to Launceston City (15 km) to buy supermarket supplies ready for your Tassie holiday. We suggest a stay at the Glen Dhu Caravan Park, Launceston. Once booking is made a visit to the Cataract Gorge 4 km from the Caravan Park or a short Tamar Valley Winery Tour. There are 24 wineries in the Tamar region. If in season you could visit the Lavender Farm at Lalla near Lillydale. This is about 40 mts from Launceston.

Day 2

Travel to Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay)  via Campbell Town. Suggest a stop in Campbell Town for morning tea at one of the great Bakeries or Coffee Shops. At Campbell Town take the Swansea turn off via the Lake Leake Highway and then on to Coles Bay. The Illuka Caravan Park at Coles Bay is a great place to stay as there are Coffee Shops, Bakeries and a great Bistro within walking distance of the Park. It is suggested you should allow 1½ days as there are some fantastic walks and a must is the walk to Wine Glass Bay. This is truly a fantastic view of nature’s wonderland. You may like to go into the National Park in the evening and see the wildlife that inhabit the area. With regards to Illuka Caravan Park it is suggested in peak times that you book ahead.

Day 3

Head off late morning to St Helens and find an overnight stay in the area and then a trip to Pyenghana where you visit the Vintage/Matured Cheese Factory and have a refreshing drink at the Pub in the Paddock. This is approximately a 30 minute drive from St Helens. Return to St Helens for your overnight stay.

Day 4

Head to Binnalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. This is truly a spectacular coastal area. After lunch suggest you travel south back to Swansea. For those wine lovers visit the award winning Springvale Winery 10 km prior to Swansea.  If time permits you may head to Orford or Triabunna for your overnight stay.

Day 5

If you are a keen bush walker and a lover of National Parks, Triabunna is where you catch the ferry to Maria Island. This would add an extra day to your itinerary. If not take all signs that lead to Port Arthur.

Day 6

Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site and Prison as well as go on the cruise to the Isle of the Dead. Allow a full day at this destination and suggest you stay overnight at any number of Caravan Parks available in this area.

Day 7

Head off towards Hobart via Nubeena and Eagle Hawk Neck where you look again at how nature has created the Devils Kitchen and the Tasman Arch as well as the quaint Doo Town. This is only 5 minutes off the Tasman Highway. It is suggested you stay at  Barilla Caravan Park at Cambridge (15 km from Hobart). Depending on the time of the day you may like to head off to Richmond for a historic walk and some great spots for lunch or afternoon tea. Or maybe you might like to try the tempting seafood for your evening meal on the dock areas of Hobart or visit some of the restaurants in the Salamanca area before returning to Barilla Caravan Park for your overnight stay.  Note:  Salamanca Market is held on Saturdays 8.00am to 2.30pm.

Day 8

Hobart is situated below Mt Wellington and there is a good road to the summit but it is only worthwhile making this trip if the mountain is clear of cloud, fog etc. This journey is approximately 30 minutes from Hobart to the summit. It is suggested then to head further south taking the signs to Huonville and Geeveston and visit the Tahune Airwalk and then on to Hastings Caves and Thermal Pools and again pick a caravan park for your overnight stay in the area.

Day 9

On return it is suggested you drive to Huonville and then take the Cygnet road and follow the river back to Peppermint Bay where you may like to stop for a quick drink or lunch in the first class hotel in that area. The next town is Kettering and this is the town where the vehicular ferry leaves for Bruny Island (about a 20 minute trip). Bruny Island is a fascinating Island well worth a half day venture or more. Please ensure you take note of ferry times so you plan plenty of time and not miss the return ferry. Overnight in the area.

Day 10

Head back towards Hobart City and suggest a relaxed day where you could visit Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory (need to book at Tasmanian Information Centre, Davey Street, Hobart) the Female Factory, a step back in the past of Tasmania’s convict history, Cascade Brewery Tour or maybe if you have children travelling with you a visit to the Bonerong Wildlife Park or Zoo Do near Richmond.

Day 11

Depart Hobart via the Brooker Highway and take all signs to New Norfolk and head towards Russell Falls in the Mt Field National Park. This would be one of the largest waterfalls in Tasmania and it is truly again one of Tasmania’s nature wonderlands. This is a great area to have a picnic lunch. About 15 km past New Norfolk you will come to Plenty and the Salmon Ponds is worth a visit. Salmon Ponds is a historic trout hatchery where you can feed trout and salmon or just enjoy pancakes by the pond. After lunch head off to Lake St Clair National Park via the Lyell Highway. This is an area where you could have your overnight say. There are caravan parks in this area.

Day 12 and 13

Next morning venture off to Queenstown, a historic mining town where industry has left its mark on the landscape over the years and its worth a visit to the Mining Museum in this town. Then head off to the fishing port of Strahan (approximately 30 km) that is set on the quiet bay of Macquarie Harbour on Tasmanian’s historic and spectacular West Coast for your overnight stay. This beautiful spot must not be missed. Attractions in this area are the Abt Railway, one of the world’s great railway journeys  on a restored historic railway where the State and Commonwealth Government injected $36 million in 2001 to see this area come back to life. The other area is the half day cruise on the Gordon River. This is a must to see the beautiful reflections on the crystal clear water reflecting the untouched wilderness of this pristine heritage listed area. You will be amazed by the 1,000 year old huon pine at Heritage Landing. Please note in peak times this is another area that is heavily booked for accommodation as well as cruise and railway excursions.

Day 14

Leave Strahan via the coast road to Zeehan and suggest you go into the Mining Museum at Zeehan and then travel the Murchison Highway to Rosebery (Zinifex Mining Town) and then on to Tullah and view Lake Plimsol and then continue on the Murchison Highway watching out for the Cradle Mountain sign. Cradle Mountain is in a National Park area and is a must see destination.

Day 15

Start off with a walk around Dove Lake. This is easy going and approximately 2 hours but scenery is majestic. On return from this walk divert to Waldheim Challet in the National Park, an interesting area to consider the founder of this Park. Have plenty of film in your camera as this is truly a wild life rich area. Note: there is no fresher air than here. The accommodation areas in Cradle Mountain have great food, huge log fires in the winter time and again the caravan park is a good area to stay. Ensure you wander in the area at night with the whole family as wild life is in abundance in the evenings.

Day 16

Leave Cradle Mountain via Sheffield (the town of murals) and a great spot for coffee. Then on to Devonport and visit Anvers Chocolate Factory 10 mts south of Devonport and generally search out the areas of interest in this area. A great place to stay is the Bluff Caravan Park, Devonport.

Day 17

Leave Devonport and travel north west to Stanley via Burnie. Burnie is the home of the Lactos Cheese Factory an award winning cheese maker. A chair lift ride in the historic town of Stanley is a must and overnight in the Stanley Caravan Park. The industry in this area is fishing and a great place to tempt those taste buds with a Tasmanian crayfish.

Day 18

Head off to Dismal Swamp via Smithton. Smithton is the home of McCains French Fries. Dismal Swamp is approximately 35 km from Smithton. After lunch head back towards Wynyard and suggest overnight stay in this area.

Day 19

Head to Deloraine via Elizabeth Town. Just prior to Elizabeth Town is the Ashgrove Cheese Factory (5km north) a great place to sample Tasmanian cheese. 5 km south of Elizabeth Town is the famous Raspberry Farm serving raspberries 365 days a year.  This stop is a must. Suggest an overnight stay in Deloraine in a caravan park down by the river.

Day 20

Head off to Mole Creek and visit the Wild Life Park as well as the limestone caves. Then off to Launceston Airport for your departure back home.

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There is a huge amount of places of interest that are not mentioned in this itinerary as we have only picked out the key places and key attractions for a 20 day stay. . Make sure you get information from every area so as to maximize things to do based on your level of interest. Maybe 20 days is not enough.

This is only a guide and you need to do your own research and maximize your Tasmanian Experience. If you have any further questions regarding your Tasmanian holiday please do not hesitate to ask attention Brian or Jarrod.


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