Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

Photo by Andrea Schaffer, Flickr Creative Commons

Launceston to Hobart

Wombat at Maria Island National Park - Photo by JJ Harrison, Wikimedia Creative CommonsWombat at Maria Island National Park - Photo by JJ Harrison, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Just a two and a half hour drive along the Midland Highway, the route from Launceston to Hobart could easily be covered in a morning with plenty of time to visit some of the area’s historic convict era towns. However, there is so much to see and do that a day or two is a much better idea.

 

Day 1.

 

Hit the Midland Highway going south out of Launceston in your campervan and leave the wineries and the beautiful Cataract Gorge behind you. The first part of your journey is a straight and easy run until you reach Campbell Town.

 

The next part of the trip is narrow and winding, so take care. The Lake Leake Highway travels through the Wye River State Reserve and goes all the way to the A3, the Tasman Highway. You’ll need to travel northeast to skirt around Moulting Lagoon, you can stop here for a picnic lunch, or if you’re a twitcher, visit the Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve. The reserve is an internationally recognised wetland, and a prime breeding ground for waterfowl and wetland birds. But it’s not just important to the birds; the Aboriginal community also use the reserve for recreational and commercial activities, which includes duck hunting.

 

If twitching isn’t your thing, carry on to your final destination of the day, Coles Bay, and the Freycinet National Park. Once here, you can climb the saddle to see the beautiful Wineglass Bay, or take a water-based tour. All along the coast it's possible to see penguins come ashore in the evening, so choose a good spot for the night.

 

Day 2/3.

 

There’s only one way out of the Freycinet National Park, and that’s back the way you came, but this time you can stay on the Tasman Highway all the way through Swansea and down the coast to Triabunna - the ferry terminal for the historic and beautiful Maria Island.

 

It would be a real shame not to take the ferry over to Maria Island National Park and spend the day there. The park is arguably one of the best opportunities to see some of Tasmania’s great heritage sites such as the Painted and the Fossil Cliffs. The sites are accessible on two of the island’s popular walking routes, as well as by bike, and along the route you’re sure to see some of the native wildlife. The island is home to the Wombat, the Tasmanian Pademelons and the Tasmanian Devil, but because of quarantine restrictions they are kept away from visitors.

 

If you’re not short on time spend the night in Triabunna, but if time is tight, carry on along the winding Tasman Highway to Orford, cross the Sorell Causeway and drive into Hobart in just over an hour. Start planning your Tasmanian motorhome adventure now! Or if another australian location is on the cards, take a look at our Australian campervan hire options.


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